ITV Tyne Tees' Julia Barthram came along to talk to some of our Providers and Service Users about how the scheme has transformed their lives.
In their Help on Hand series, ITV came to meet some carers who take adults in need of support into their homes and families to live with them.
Julia Barthram discovered how Shared Lives help adults or young people who need long term support are matched with a carefully approved Shared Lives carer, by their local scheme. Together, they share family and community life.
People typically supported by Shared Lives include those with learning difficulties, care leavers, people with mental health issues and those requiring short term support after, for example, a hospital stay.