As many of us know, transitioning into a new team isn’t always easy. I have worked in care for about fifteen years, most recently as a Care Assistant at Grundy Hub. In 2021 I took up the opportunity to become Persona’s Kickstart Coordinator and now I have joined the Shared lives team too!
The combination of knowledge from my caring and Kickstart roles has given me a great foundation for working alongside Mo and Diane in the Shared Lives team and I knew this was something I wanted to get involved in. I knew Shared Lives are managed by Persona but I never really knew exactly what kind of service it provided. We all know about children’s services but I’d never really thought about what happens when children turn 18…and it’s a wonderful service! For people to open up their homes and families to support customers the way they do is admirable and when you realise how many people live with or are supported by Shared Lives carers across the country, it demonstrates a real need for the scheme. I remember talking about Shared Lives to lots of people after I found out about it; it has really made an impact on me!
At the moment I’m getting to know the scheme and how things are done from an admin point of view. There’s a plan in place ready for the new year and I will hopefully be able to get out and meet some of the families, carers and customers as well as supporting with upcoming training.
There is lots to learn but the welcome from the team has been amazing! They have been a great support already and I’m looking forward to getting more involved in helping to expand and grow our Shared Lives family.
Read more about Kickstart and find out about Bury Shared Lives .