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Posted 11:35AM on Friday 28 June 2019

To mark Shared Lives Week, our Families Matter Shared Lives Service had a Fun Day for everyone involved. 

It was an opportunity for carers, the people supported and their families to get together to have lunch and chat. As well as a range of activities, there was a visit to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, where the highlight for many was the vintage sweet shop!

There was a great atmosphere and it was a lovely opportunity to celebrate the care and commitment that our carers provide.

Among those attending were Lauren and Peter Shaw, who support Helen. All three are pictured. Lauren said: “We really love being Shared Lives Carers and look forward to our weekends with Helen. Helen is an extremely kind, caring, and funny person and we are so lucky to have her as our friend. Being part of this service has greatly enhanced our lives and we would recommend it to anyone.”

To be a Shared Lives carer, we ask you to open your home to someone with a disability, expanding their horizons, giving them new experiences and allowing their own family to have a break from their caring responsibilities. We regularly hear how rewarding it is for all involved. The time commitment can be whatever suits you. It might be a few hours, a day, a week, or a longer–term arrangement.

If you think you fit the bill, email for more information.