Shared Lives Plus is the UK network for family-based and small-scale ways of supporting adults. Our members are Shared Lives carers and workers, and Homeshare programmes. Shared Lives used to be known as Adult Placement.
Our members are individual Shared Lives carers, Shared Lives schemes, Homeshare providers and micro-enterprises. They use different approaches to enable people to achieve goals such as:
- being in control of their services and their lives.
- pursuing ordinary lives within their chosen families and relationships.
- being valued by their communities and feeling like they belong.
SharedLivesPlus' members deliver or coordinate services which:
- are built around individuals, their strengths and potential;
- promote equality and value diversity;
- are safe but support people to take risks in pursuit of their goals;
- are cost-effective, with consistently better outcomes than alternatives.
SharedLivesPlus works with its members to:
- provide resources, training, insurance and one-to-one support;
- enable members to talk to, support and learn from each other;
- ensure that members can act as a network to influence national and local decision makers and the development of a more personalised social care system;
- raise awareness of the value of members’ work;
- commission research and strengthen the evidence base for our work.
Shared Lives Plus is funded by its membership, and a number of specific project grants including the UK Government, Welsh Government, NHS England, Big Lottery Fund Accelerating Ideas, and Nesta, Lloyds Bank Foundation of England and Wales, Pears, and Dunhill Medical Trust.
NAAPS (originally the National Association of Adult Placement Schemes) was launched on 30 June 1992 as the umbrella body for adult placement, now known as Shared Lives.
As the years progressed adult placement became increasingly tightly defined and services that did not quite fit the adult placement definition moved across to become associate members of NAAPS. The number of associate members stood at nearly 700 in 2003 but the following years saw a steady decline in membership as the barriers created by regulation and bureaucracy saw many close down. NAAPS appointed its first CEO in June 2004. In 2007 adult placement members agreed to extend full membership rights to the whole range of very small community based services that share adult placement values and ethos. There are currently over 150 Small Community Service members. In February 2008 after wide consultation, the membership decided that the words ‘adult placement’ should be replaced with the term ‘Shared Lives’, a term which indicated the mutuality of the arrangements. NAAPS members also agreed to extend full membership rights to Homeshare Association members. We now have 129 Shared Lives scheme members and over 3,500 Shared Lives carer members – a number which increases every year. We are also committed to developing our membership offer to small community services and Homeshare members. These different kinds of service take different approaches to achieving the goals and values which are at the heart of our work. In October 2011 NAAPS was renamed SharedLivesPlus.