Jeremy Hunt praises Newham’s Shared Lives scheme

Jeremy Hunt (centre back) with members of the Shared Lives scheme

Jeremy Hunt (centre back) with members of the Shared Lives scheme - Credit: Andrew Baker

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has praised the borough’s Shared Lives scheme after he met staff, carers and those supported by the scheme.

The project allows people with mental and physical health problems or learning disabilities to live as independently as possible by matching them to one or 45 specially trained carers.

They are supported by living in the home of their Shared Lives carer as part of their family for anywhere between one night or several weeks, with some staying for longer periods.

Speaking during the visit on July 17, Mr Hunt said: “Newham’s Shared Lives scheme is an excellent example of how councils, communities and other organisations can work together to support some of the most vulnerable in society.”

The scheme has been run by Newham Council for seven years.

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Cllr Joy Laguda, mayoral advisor for adults safeguarding, added: “I am delighted that the commitment of the Shared Lives carers, the impact the scheme has on those it supports and the overall work of the scheme has been recognised by the Health Secretary.”

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