What is Shared Lives?
Shared Lives is an innovative pilot scheme that offers adults with additional needs a flexible form of supported living.
Shared Lives centres on carers sharing their home, family and community life with adults that need support. It not only gives people entering into a Shared Lives arrangement the chance to be part of a family but also to be part of the wider community.
Shared Lives is already helping thousands of people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and older people to live more fulfilling and independent lives across the country.
People living in Shared Lives arrangements often enjoy more fulfilling lives with recent research showing that over 90% made new friends as a result, half went on holiday for the first time, and over a quarter of customers joined a club not exclusively for disabled people for the first time in their lives.