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Guardian features Surrey scheme to help vulnerable adults

The Guardian has published an article about a Surrey County Council scheme giving vulnerable adults foster-care style support.

Surrey’s shared lives initiative offers adults with learning and physical disabilities or mental health needs the chance to stay with a carer and their family on a short or long-term basis. So far the scheme has helped around 30 disabled people maintain their independence.

The story can be read on the newspaper’s website.

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Mel Few said: “Vulnerable adults want what we all want – stability and familiar surroundings – and they don’t want to be in residential homes.

“Our carers do an amazing job of helping them retain their independence, whether that’s welcoming them as part of the family, offering overnight stays or just going out for a coffee.

“Transforming people’s lives in this way also provides savings on the cost of care homes at a time when demand for our services is rising and funding is falling.”

For more information about Surrey’s shared lives scheme and a video of Greg and Alex explaining why they offered support for Clare visit the county council’s website.

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