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Welcome to Shared Lives Plus

Shared Lives people smilingHello, come in! We want everyone who needs support to live well, to enjoy the experience of living in an ordinary home, which is made extraordinary when people share their lives together.

Our Membership network of Shared Lives and HomeShare schemes around the country match people who want extra support at home with people who have a spare room and love to give.

If you’re a professional in a rush, we'll take you straight to the point. 

Invaluable Shared Lives carers

Alison and Jonathan close up 2017Shared Lives week 2018 is here! 18 - 24 June 2018

Across the UK this week, thousands of Shared Lives carers are being valued and celebrated for opening up their homes and lives to people who need extra support to live well.

From Merseyside to Somerset, Belfast to Moray and Conwy, Shared Lives carers are stepping out of their ordinary day to day lives they share with people who visit or live with them, to celebrate the amazing difference they make.

Find out about Shared Lives week 2018 in your area

From Stephen, who lives with Pat and her husband in Merseyside, who help him manage his anxiety, diabetes and a learning disability, to Jonathan who joined his local drama society in Somerset and came out of the isolation of schizophrenia and depression, thanks to the support of Alison – the difference Shared Lives carers across the UK are making, is invaluable.

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Meet the housemates with the 68 year age gap - and meet Homeshare

Florence is 95. She's partially sighted, an RAF veteran, and used to be a keen tennis player. She also has a 27-year-old housemate called Alexandra.

When Florence's husband died she said she "desperately needed company". She was one of nine million adults in the UK who say they are often, or always, lonely.

By chance, Florence came across homesharing in the letters page of a newspaper. Homeshare aims to tackle loneliness by matching older people looking for companionship with a younger person in need of somewhere to live. Read more on BBC News

Shared Lives Plus is the network for HomeShare UK and works with Homeshare schemes to develop common ways of working, research new areas of potential growth and campaign on issues which affect people involved in Homeshare. 

Join Shared Lives Plus

You can join Shared Lives Plus and get support, advice and back up when you need it, as well as lots of Membership benefits 

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Become a Shared Lives Carer

Jan Garvey walesA Shared Lives carer opens up their home and family life to include a young person or adult who needs extra support to live well - you might have experience from community healthcare, working with disabled adults, or simply be an open, caring person looking for a new challenge. Shared Lives carers come from all walks of life and don’t need qualifications or experience, just the right attitude and a willingness to truly share their lives with another person.

"It’s very special being able to make a difference to someone. We’ve grown as a family, everyone gets involved,” Shared Lives carer, Gwynedd

Find out more about becoming a Shared Lives carer


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We know it’s tricky to find what you need. Early next year, you’ll find a new website here with a fresh new look!

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