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  • How much is it to Join? +

    As a carer you can join for as little as £60!

    If you would like to join as a Shared Lives Scheme then do get in touch with us for further information on Pricing

    To join simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

  • How do I join as a carer? +

    To join as a Shared Lives carer, you must be currently approved to provide Shared Lives care by a registered Shared Lives (or Adult Placement) scheme in the UK.

    Shared Lives carers make their home available as a resource and may provide Shared Lives support to up to three people at any one time (some Shared Lives schemes have a local limit of two people).

    Unlike care homes, Shared Lives carers do not employ staff to provide care to the people who they support. You can join as an individual, or with your partner, if s/he is also a Shared Lives carer.

  • What should I expect as a member? +

    As a member, you can expect: - Use of the free Shared Lives carers’ confidential helpline where you can obtain information advice and support from a dedicated national Carers Development Worker.

    - FREE legal expenses cover (up to a maximum of £25000) if you have an allegation made against you as a Shared Lives carer resulting in you being taken to court and/or your Scheme is seekingto de-approve you as a carer.

    - Free access to a legal helpline which you can use for advice on any relevant legal issue.

    - Public Liability Insurance at a preferential rate as well as access to other insurance provision developed to meet the needs of Shared Lives carers.

    - Three Shared Lives carer newsletters a year via post, which keep you up to date.- The opportunity to meet or get in touch with other carers, including through meetings, telephone conferences, an email group and a message board.

    - A members-only area of the website containing resources which are free to members

    Access to a wide range of toolkits and resources at members-only prices.

    - Access to our annual Shared Lives carers’ breaks and conference.

    - A conference for your home nation and/or for the UK, with a limited number of places for Shared Lives carers at supported rates.

    - An open invitation to attend national network meetings (and regional meetings in England).- At least one seat on the board of Shared Lives Plus for an elected Shared Lives carer.

    - A voice with local, regional and national decision makers and a programme of awareness-raising about Shared Lives and the work of Shared Lives carers.

  • How do I pay? +

    You can pay via cheque, bank card and credit card.
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PRESS RELEASE - 22/10/14

Young Women from Bedfordshire star in film premiere at The House of Commons

Three young women with additional support needs from Bedfordshire are starring in a film premiered at the House of Commons, impressing a host of MP’s with a heartfelt speech about their lives. As part of Shared Lives Week, the young women featured in a short film which shows Clare Cattani, 20, Ayisha Assan, 26, and Joanne Leach, 32, talking about how their lives have been transformed by the kindness and dedication of their Shared Lives carers Graham and Lorna Trow.

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Debbie lived in care for most of her life, she never really settled anywhere and found it difficult to talk or make eye contact. Without any family around her, Debbie who has learning difficulties, felt isolated and frightened. In her own words Debbie says Shared Lives transformed her life as she now lives with a family: ‘I am much happier living here. In the other homes I did not feel loved and people were mean to me.

What is Homeshare?

 Update: Homeshare UK launch new website! Visit us here!

Homeshare grows by almost a quarter in one year... See the 2016 Homeshare Sector Report HERE

In Homeshare, someone who needs a small amount of help to live independently in their own home is matched with someone who has a housing need and can provide support or companionship.

Homeshare schemes arrange the matching process between the ‘Householder’, who typically owns their home but has developed some support needs or has become isolated or anxious about living alone, with the ‘Homesharer‘, typically a younger student or key public service worker who cannot afford housing.

Usually no rent is charged, but the household bills are shared, and in return the Homesharer will help out around the house, for example by cooking meals, running errands, shopping trips and providing company. Homeshare works because a new relationship, designed to bring benefits to both people, is balanced with clarity and safeguards to protect everyone.

The Benefits of Homeshare
Homeshare can benefit people who own or rent a home, for example:

  • older people who need low level support
  • older people who are anxious or isolated;
  • disabled people who need support to move towards or maintain independent living;
  • family carers who are struggling with isolation or who juggle work and caring.

Homeshare can benefit people who lack affordable housing, for example:

  • students and key public service workers on modest means;
  • people at the bottom of council house waiting lists or living in foyer accommodation.

Homeshare programmes can produce savings and efficiencies:

  • reduced risks of falls; better health and well-being for older people;
  • reduced pressure on housing provision;
  • increased affordability of higher education;
  • easier recruitment to lower paid public service jobs;

Homeshare is typically welcomed by families who may not live near their elderly relatives. The Homesharer provides support and companionship on a regular and daily basis, something relatives are not able to do.

The Shared Lives Plus Homeshare Association Contact Details

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Rowena Razzaq, Ategi, Clare Charity Centre, Wycombe Road, Saunderton, HP14 4BF

Web: www.ategi.org.uk/homeshare.html

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: 01494 568888



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Careaid Limited
Abu Mahfuz, Careaid Limited,132 Eric Street, Mile End, London , E3 4SS

Web: www.careaid.co.uk

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: 07903748285

Draycott Homeshare

Draycott Homeshare
Paula Dagger, Draycott Homeshare 100 Sydney St, London , SW3 6NJ

Web: www.draycotthomeshare.co.uk

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Phone: 0207 3519901

Homeshare Scotland

Homeshare Scotland (trading name of Forth Valley Enterprise C.I.C.)
BRAG Building Main St Lochgelly
Phone: 01592 860 296 or 07514 905945 - Anna Sandland Project Manager 
07979654022 - Liz Reid Homeshare Co-ordinator
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.homeshare-scotland.org



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Homeshare International
Elizabeth Mills, Homeshare International, 11 Divinity Road, Oxford, OX4 1LH 

Web: homeshare.org
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Homeshare West
Audrey Heard, Homeshare Co-ordinator, Homeshare West Randall Close, Kingswood, BS15 4SD (BATH)

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 0117 908 3045
Mobile: 0781 519 4554


Radha Hirani, Novus – The London Carer’s Centres Consortium

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 03300 88 2225

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Room for Tea Ltd
Milena Bottero, Room for Tea Ltd, 1st Floor New Zealand House, 8O Haymarket, SW1Y 4TE,

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.roomfortea.com 
Phone 0203 239 4913
mobile 07912645853

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Share & Care UK
Caroline Cooke/Amanda Clarke, Share & Care UK, 12 Acris St, London, SW18 2QP

Phone: 020 8875 9575
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Sibel Whitehead, Supportmatch

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web: www.supportmatch.co.uk
Phone 01604905517
Mobile: 07742 807677 –07847072490

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Positive Steps 

Diane Phillips, Positive Steps Shropshire Ltd, Louise House, Roman Road, Shrewsbury , SY3 9JNTel  

Phone: 01743251568

Email     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web      www.positivestepsshropshire.com



Intergenerations Worcester

Vestia Community Trust (part of the Community Housing Group), Community House, Stourport Road, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7QE

Phone: 01562 733138 

Web: www.vestia.org.uk



About Shared Lives Plus

shared lives01Shared 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.



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Our History

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.

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