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Welcome to Shared Lives Plus

Hello! We want everyone who needs support to live well, to enjoy the experience of living in an ordinary home, with people they have chosen and who have chosen them.

Shared Lives and Homeshare are established alternatives to residential care homes or carers popping in and out. We tackle loneliness and offer independence, belonging and personal choice - things we take for granted until we need that bit of extra support.

We are the UK's leading network for over 5,000 Shared Lives carers providing back up when you need it with best practice, insurance and legal advice. We also support 150 local Shared Lives schemes, which are consistently rated the top of social care by CQC, and HomeShare schemes who join our UK quality assurance framework. 

If you are a health or social care professional, or want to grow Shared Lives in your area, we'll take you straight to the point. 10,000 Shared Lives carers across the UK support people who need help with their health, mental health, learning disability, domestic violence, parents in care, young people and older people - if you need extra support and want to stay in your community, Shared Lives could be for you. 

Meet the housemates with the 68 year age gap - 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. Their film has been watched 25 million times.

Florence said, "I desperately needed company when my husband passed away". She was one of nine million adults in the UK who say they are often, or always, lonely.

By chance, she 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

We are the UK network for Homeshare schemes and provide quality assurance, best practice and help schemes develop across the UK. Set up a Homeshare scheme near you

Become a Shared Lives Plus Member

Join us as a Member for Shared Lives carers' support, insurance, legal and benefits advice and back up when you need it, as well as lots of everyday perks - such as discount shopping and mortgages 

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Become a Shared Lives carer

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Shared Lives carers open up their homes and family lives to include a young person or adult who needs extra support to live well.

You might have experience from healthcare, working in the community or with disabled people, or just have common sense and 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, Wales

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!

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0151 227 3499 and we will help you.

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Shared Lives in my area

Shared Lives plus has projects throughout the UK.

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Shared Lives at the Heart of Health

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Does my heart look big in this?


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Meet Arabella, Mary and Sinead!


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