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Need help with costs for a TV or radio?

WaveLength provides televisions and radios for isolated and lonely people, at no cost to the recipient. In some exceptional cases, they can also help cover the costs of a TV licence or aerial for beneficiaries who don’t already have one. WaveLength takes care of all installation and delivery (although beneficiaries should retune and maintain their sets). If you think you or someone you know would benefit from this service call their freephone: 0800 0182137 or main office: 01708 621101 or visit their website www.wavelength.org.uk for more information.

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Shared Lives Short Breaks for Adults with Learning Disabilities A new project called Shared Lives Short Breaks is being launched across Islington and Camden. From time to time, we all need a bre ak from our day to day living. Short Bre aks is an alternative source of respite for adu lts with Learning Disabilities who usually live with their families but want a break. The scheme is open to service users with a respite allocation from Islington Lea rning Disabilities Partnership (ILDP). The paid Short Breaks carer would provide accommo dation and support on a temporary basis (on e or more nights) within the carer’s hom e. Carers are fully vetted, trained and supported by the scheme. Matching is an integral part of Shared Lives placements. The pro cess involves participants getting to know each other at their own pace, before mak ing any commitment to sharing their home and family (and/or community) life. The goal of Shared Lives is to match the individu als in need of service with others who will be compatible to them to act as ‘extend ed family’. We are actively recruiting part time Shared Lives Short Breaks carers who have a spare bedroom. Experience of Learning Disa bilities is valuable but not essential as full sup port and training is given. Carers can com e from a range of backgrounds with differe nt family circumstances and don’t necessarily have to live within Islington or Camden. To find out more about using the serv ice or becoming a paid Shared Lives Short Breaks carer yourself please contact Laura Titt ley Shared Lives Short Breaks Project Ma nager on laura.tittley@islington.gov.uk or 020 7527 2312

Family Carers Update Spring 2014  

The Family Carers Update newsletter is written for family carers of adults with a learning disability living in Islington and Camden. It pro...

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