Fareham carers take a trip to the House of Commons

David Payne (left), and Nick Patterdon
David Payne (left), and Nick Patterdon

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CARERS for vulnerable adults were invited to the House of Commons to talk about charity Shared Lives Plus.

David Payne, 36, and his carers Nick Patterdon and Meriel Sprake, from Fareham, went to the event on Tuesday, which was hosted by Liz Kendall, the shadow minister for care and older people.

The trip was to promote awareness of Shared Lives Plus, a scheme which supports vulnerable and disabled adults by getting them to live in the home of a carer.

Mr Patterdon, 56, and his partner Ms Sprake, 48, have been caring for people in their home for nearly four years and Mr Payne, who has learning difficulties, has been living with them from more than two years.

Mr Patterdon said: ‘The beauty of Shared Lives is that it is in a caring environment so it can be very supportive and individually personalised.’

Other members of the Shared Lives scheme were also invited to the meeting.

‘It was good to hear all the very positive things that MPs were all saying about Shared Lives. The whole day was great,’ said Mr Patterdon.

Fareham MP Mark Hoban met Mr Payne and his carers.

He said: ‘Shared Lives is a really good way of providing somebody, in this circumstance with learning difficulties, with a home that helps them learn the life skills they need.

‘I was struck by the generosity of the carers in sharing their home.’