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Shared Lives project making a difference in the community

Would you be prepared to open up your home to someone vulnerable or lonely in need of care and support?

That's exactly what thousands of very special people are now doing as part of a project called Shared Lives.

Run up and down the country it carefully matches householders with room to spare with those who might struggle to live alone. Those to benefit include people with learning difficulties, mental health issues and young people leaving the care system.

For the first in our series Help on Hand, our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford has been to Sussex to see how the scheme works.

Interviewees: Teresa & Steve Grove, Shared Lives Carers and Jo Braine, Shared Lives, West Sussex County Council.

And we've also been meeting those sharing their lives together in Reading, Berkshire. Lorna Godwin and Lizzy share a home together. Since arriving Lizzy has learned new skills like making her own packed lunch and looking after the dog.

Lorna says more importantly she has become more confident and assertive.

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