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ategi was started in Cardiff in 1994 as Cardiff Independent Living Company when the Government's “All Wales Strategy” (1983) led to huge changes in the way people with learning disabilities were seen and supported.
With the closure of Ely Hospital in Cardiff ategi began providing domiciliary support to people to live within their community with our Supported Living Staff and Visiting Support team.
Having started as a not-for-profit, co-operative company limited by guarantee, ategi registered with the Charities Commission in 1999. Charity registration number 1077595.
In 2001 ategi set up the first independent Shared Lives Scheme in South Wales in Rhondda Cynon Taff growing into Cardiff in 2003 and Torfaen in 2005. In 2009 ategi started a new Shared Lives Scheme in Buckinghamshire and began supporting Shared Lives Carer in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in 2012. In 2014 ategi started managing the well-established Herefordshire Shared Lives Scheme and in 2015 began managing the previously local authority run Shared Lives Schemes of Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend. We began a new Homeshare Scheme in The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in 2013. In 2017 ategi Shared Lives started managing existing local authority schemes in South Gloucestershire and Haringey and also set up a new scheme in Thurrock.
The business of ategi Limited is governed by the Trustees and together with voluntary members a Committee is formed to focus on the Governance, Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of the company's performance. The Management Committee is led by the Trustees with representatives from elected Staff, Shared Lives Carers and other community support volunteers. Trustees delegate to the Chief Executive who has overall responsibility for day to day management of the company.
We are committed to ensuring that the people who use our services are at the centre of the support they receive and contribute to the way ategi works.
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“I’ve been a Shared Lives Carer for nearly 18 years. ategi have supported me through some difficult times. They really understand what being a Shared Lives Carer is all about”.
‘I love my Shared Lives Carers, they cook me good food and help me fight my battles.’
“I really enjoyed my surprise trip to the theatre on my birthday when Carol took me to see Cats with my friend”.
“My bipolar is stable because I know who will be supporting me. Without ategi my disabilities got worse”.
“If I was telling others about ategi I’d say you get top notch care and you get your package running as you want it”.
‘We get far more back than we give through being Shared Lives Carers. The support is excellent, we can’t praise ategi enough.’
‘Very rewarding and fulfilling work. I have seen positive improvements with the ladies I support.’
“Every member of staff at the ategi Shared Lives Scheme have always got time for us if there is a problem or we need any assistance”.