Early in 2022, Nicola went to our annual staff workshops, where Mo and Diane from Shared Lives talked about the scheme and how people can become
carers. Or as Nicola says, the team 'did a fantastic talk which had me crying and wanting to know more'.
'They wanted someone to work alongside them; I jumped at the chance and got the job. The support and training I got was out of this world and I got to meet some amazing people - Kat Sowden, Ewan King from Shared Lives Plus, carers and people we support. I was welcomed into carers' homes and even after working in social care for over 20 years it was so different - Shared Lives is very person centred, personal and about welcoming people into families. Thanks to Mo and Diane I know so much more about it and working with them has opened the door to me moving full time to Shared Lives PossAbilities, which is a dream come true. If only everyone could see the amazing work Mo and Diane do behind closed doors - it's unreal and I honestly cannot thank them enough.'
Although we're sorry to lose Nicola, it just shows how infectious Shared Lives is. Once you get involved, you can't see your life without it!
Good luck in your new role, Nicola!