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Chief Inspector Imelda Richardson visits Shared Lives Adult Placement Service, Carmarthen during Down's Syndrome Awareness Week

The Chief Inspector met families who use the scheme.

Many of the people who use the scheme (65%) have learning disabilities, and provision and demand in the area is growing.

The visit came during Down's Syndrome Awareness Week (16-22 March, External link). 

The scheme has a team of officers that consists of professionals from a variety of backgrounds, predominately nursing and social work.

At the end of March 2015, the West Wales Adult Placement Scheme will have 108 approved households, of which 60 are located in Carmarthenshire; this represents a 13% increase in adult placement carer numbers since last year.

The Chief Inspector toured the scheme’s offices with Richard Springett, Adult Placement Team Manager and his team before meeting people who use the service and local families.

Chief Inspector Imelda Richardson said:

I was delighted to meet with Richard Springett and members of the Shared Lives Adult Placement scheme.

The volunteers, independent members of the consultative group and members of staff are committed to improving the lives of people on long and short term placements and I was lucky enough to meet with the younger adults who are currently on placement in the area. 

The visit was a great opportunity to experience first-hand the high-quality support for people undergoing a number of different challenges and transitions and to hear their views.

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