Launch of Botton Shared Lives
Our new Shared Lives service in Botton Village officially launched on 28th April 2018. This is a project we have been working on for over a year now, in partnership with the Esk Valley Camphill Community.
This new Shared Lives community is based around 15 houses, and is made up of residents or former residents of the Botton Village Camphill Community.
In Shared Lives adults with a care or support need move into the home of trained carers and share their lives together. This can be on a short or long-term basis, but in the case of the new Camphill Community it is very much a long-term living arrangement for all the customers.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, we held an event in the Village at which families, friends, staff members and Shared Lives carers came together. We held a morning session where anyone could ask questions regarding things they wanted to know more about, a lunch and afternoon session where EVCC and Avalon both gave presentations about the new service and its bright future, and we capped the day off with a ceilidh dance that went on into the night.
The crux of Shared Lives is family. And with so many people all together, all enjoying each other’s company and making plans for the future, a family is exactly what it felt like being part of.
Jonathan Reid, a member of the EVCC and Shared Lives carer himself said “Our community has always striven to establish a way of life in which the members, whether learning disabled or not, relate to each other primarily as fellow human beings – whether this is in the workplace, the home or at cultural events.”
Avalon CEO Larry Hollando, speaking at the event, praised the Esk Valley Camphill Community group for the “wonderful welcome” they have given Avalon. “We are delighted to be part of this community,” he continued. “Shared Lives is such a wonderful way to deliver care and support in a way which is safe and truly inclusive. We look forward to watching the community thrive and grow over the coming years.”