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The growth of Shared Lives - 2017

We asked PSSRU, an international research agency to evaluate our work that is growing and developing Shared Lives across the UK. This report looks at the impact of our work with Shared Lives carers, schemes and people who use Shared Lives.

Our original aim, more than two years ago, was to double the Shared Lives sector - and we are funded by the Big Lottery to do this. We are not where we had hoped to be, but the ambitions were set before austerity hit with drastic cuts to social care which pays for many people to live with Shared Lives carers. 

The report shows that over half of the schemes had started supporting new groups of people, mainly people with mental ill health and people with dementia. But there are significant challenges for schemes to overcome to support more people with this, and schemes feel supported by Shared Lives Plus. 

We will include our Members' feedback into our operational plans for next year - thank you to everyone who took part.

Evaluation of the Shared Lives Growth Project: Survey of schemes

The State of Shared Lives 2017

You can see here the State of Shared Lives 2017

6 Innovations in Social Care

Shared Lives Plus gave a cautious welcome to the Green Paper plans announced in the recent budget – you can see Alex Fox's thoughts here.

At Shared Lives Plus we believe the Green Paper has to be about more than a new funding mechanism – important as that is. For it to be a success, it needs to embrace transformation, and consider outcomes and values, as well as financial sustainability.

We know that there are a number of ways in which this can, and is already being achieved in some areas, and an informal coalition of likeminded partners have put together the following document to signpost the art of the deliverable and the possible.

YOu can see more 6innovationsinsocialcare1.pdf

You can see more here


Shared Lives Plus in the Media

You can see when Shared Lives Plus has appeared in the media here

Inclusive Change Release "Collaborative Healthcare - supporting CCGs and HWBs to support integrated personal care"

You can read the full report attached Collaborative_healthcare_-IC_final.pdf


  • Shared Lives in Scotland annual report 2017-18 +

    We are delighted to be able to share our executive summary report about the incredible growth of Shared Lives in Scotland over the last year. The report provides a statistical breakdown of the number of Shared Lives carers and people
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  • Staying connected - Shared Lives carers supporting people living with dementia in Moray, Scotland 2019 +

    We commissioned this research to illustrate the impact of Shared Lives Moray's work with older people living with dementia and their family carers in Scotland, including information on the use of self-directed support. It shows evidence of Shared Lives’ positive impact on people's wellbeing when they are living
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  • Department of Communities explores the potential for Homeshare in Northern Ireland +

    “You cannot believe the difference that it makes just hearing somebody in the house. Hearing movement upstairs and knowing that it's not someone breaking in or something like that. The best thing about it is somebody coming in at night, round about six o'clock.” Florence,
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  • New report shows Homeshare is growing +

    We are delighted to publish the Homeshare annual sector report. It is a comprehensive analysis of the national Homeshare sector, laying out the key success, challenges and priorities for Homeshare in the UK. It reflects on the remarkable growth in public awareness of the
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  • NDTi report: Delivering better outcomes and improved life chances for people with complex lives +

    Extract: Homelessness National and local contexts Shelter described homelessness as affecting 81,000 households during 2013-14, of which 2,414 were people rough sleeping, a rise of 37% since 2010. An ongoing rise in officially estimated rough sleeper numbers remained evident in 2014, with
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  • State of Shared Lives in England 2016-17 +

    We are pleased to share the State of Shared Lives in England 2016-17 - a comprehensive report about the Shared Lives sector in England. The data in this report, and the analysis we've drawn from it shows us that Shared Lives
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  • State of Shared Lives in Scotland 2018 +

    We are delighted to be able to share an in depth review of the Shared Lives sector in Scotland over the last year. The report provides a statistical breakdown of the number of Shared Lives carers and people being supported,
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  • Shared Lives Cymru State of the Nation report 2018 +

    We are pleased to publish the State of the Nation report for Wales 2018. Despite significant and continuing budgetary pressures, Shared Lives has grown in Wales.  The number of people being supported by Shared Lives has increased by 6%, and
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Shared Lives Plus produces publications in three areas. 

Shared Lives
Including publications and information for Shared Lives Carers, Shared Lives Schemes, Older People, Family Carers, Short Breaks, Socially Excluded Adults, Young People in Transition, Community Groups and for the nations of the UK

Materials to support Homeshare schemes and the Homeshare sector.

Policy, Research and Campaigns
Shared Lives Plus campaigns on issues of importance to our members, as well as promoting Shared Lives and improved outcomes within the care sector. 

In most cases to access these publications you need to be a member of Shared Lives Plus.

Public reports and publications can be found above and in the right hand column. 


Below you'll find some information about existing research into our work. If you are a researcher who would like to find out more about research and evaluation opportunities in Shared Lives or Homeshare contact us for our research opportunities brochure.

Guide to Personal Health Budgets - 2018

This newly published report from Shared Lives Plus in partnership with NHS England, demonstrates how VCSE organisations are driving innovation and supporting personal health budget expansion across the country.

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Homeshare Annual Report

It is a comprehensive analysis of the national Homeshare sector, laying out the key success, challenges and priorities for Homeshare in the UK.

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