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CARERS who help look after disabled adults are being invited to enjoy a fun day out at Marwell Zoo.

The Shared Lives Plus scheme celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with Shared Lives Week.

As part of the celebrations, carers, service users and staff from the south east Shared Lives Plus branch are going to enjoy a day out at Marwell Zoo on October 18.

The scheme matches carers with adults who are unable to lead an independent life, either because they have a disability or mental health issue or because they need help as they get older.

Councillor Felicity Hindson, Hampshire County Council’s member in charge of adult social care, has been a long-term supporter of the scheme.

She said: ‘Shared Lives is a wonderful service.

‘I really value the work the scheme does to provide resources, support and training to carers, several of whom I have visited over the years.

‘The carers and staff make a significant contribution to the high quality of care provided to vulnerable adults in Hampshire.’

The Hampshire Shared Lives Scheme was one of the first schemes of its kind in the country when it started in 1979.

For advanced booking and reduced tickets for the Marwell event contact Mandy Bulloch on (01329) 514165 or by e-mail at mandy.bulloch@hants.gov.uk.