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Develop or diversify Shared Lives and Homeshare in your area

We offer strategic advice to people who want to make the most of their Shared Lives and Homeshare schemes, so more of us can enjoy the best quality and safest form of social care and support.

If all areas caught up with the best performing, 35,000 people could enjoy Shared Lives, saving over £225 million every year, in addition to cost avoidance with reduced trips to A&E, GPs, hospital admissions and reduced reliance on community health services.


Did you know your Shared Lives scheme could save you over half a million pounds a year?

Shared Lives is a growing part of social care (30% growth in the last five years) and it’s consistently rated as the best quality and safest form of care by the CQC, so we know it has significant potential to transform individuals’ lives and society to be more connected, inclusive and human.

You might know it as a service for people with a learning disability, but Shared Lives can offer so much more support to a diverse range of people – and it’s cost-effective.

And with extra pressures on our NHS and social care services due to the current pandemic, we feel this is an ideal opportunity to support the growth of more flexible and personalised forms of care.

We offer a range of bespoke and specialist advice and support:

  • Detailed data analysis of productivity and cost-benefit delivered by Shared Lives
  • A business case and options appraisal for developing and growing Shared Lives
  • Setting up a new Shared Lives scheme
  • 360° independent reviews of existing Shared Lives provision
  • Expanding and diversifying Shared Lives based on evidence-based practice
  • Developing a practical and targeted approach to effective recruitment, using customer classification tool Acorn to identify and target potential Shared Lives carers
  • Communications and marketing strategy support.

Take a look at our free toolkit for commissioners below, developed by our partners Social Finance, with social care and health commissioners.

If you’re interested in working together, please contact Mark Gallagher, strategic advice manager,, 07551 154935 or ring our friendly team on 0151 227 3499 today.

Homeshare strategic advice and support

Homeshare brings together two unrelated people to share a home for mutual benefit. It is a common sense, safe way to reduce loneliness and tackle the housing crisis, supported by local organisations and enjoyed by over 1,000 people.

We offer bespoke Homeshare strategic advice tailored to your needs. Our Strategic Advice offer focuses on three critical areas to ensure safe and effective Homeshare development:

  • A detailed exploration of your local area and demographics, which provides the basis for a Homeshare business case.
  • Setting up a Homeshare programme
  • Raising awareness – an introduction to Homeshare.

Please download our detailed Homeshare strategic support offer (below) for more information. If you would like to discuss any of the offers outlined in the document, or just chat more about Homeshare you can email Deborah Fox, our national Homeshare manager.


““Thanks for an excellent report, including the survey of local Shared Lives carers, which has been very helpful in informing Bridgend Council’s thinking about the next steps. The report is thoroughly researched, well presented and comprehensive with sensible and helpful recommendations.””

- Richard Thomas, Strategic Commissioning Officer, Bridgend CB Council