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New Shared Lives Plus Website - Coming Soon

18 May 2015 - 03:24 PM

We'll shortly be launching a brand new, new look website to help promote Shared Lives and Homeshare, and make it easier for people to find out more about what we offer and the services available in their local area. Keep checking back for more details!

Your Voice Counts - People Who Use Shared Lives Services Have Their Say!

13 May 2015 - 03:58 PM

Shared Lives Plus commissioned Your Voice Counts to engage with people who use Shared Lives to find out:



  • How they want to be involved in the planning and running of their Shared Lives service
  • How people want to have their say about Shared Lives
  • What Shared Lives users would like to see in the important policies; for example, how can the complaints policy be made more accessible?

Your Voice Counts employed people with learning disabilities, the Champions, to work on this project and they engaged with people who use Shared Lives in Leeds, South Tyneside and Northumberland.  The project held meetings, workshops and one to one meetings in each of the areas to talk to as many people as possible.


You can see the Executive Summary of the report attached or contact anna@sharedlivesplus.org.uk for more information.

New! - Shared Lives Equality And Diversity Report - Download Here

14 April 2015 - 08:59 AM

File Name: Shared Lives Equality and Diversity Report

File Submitter: tim@sharedlivesplus.org.uk

File Submitted: 14 Apr 2015

File Category: Policy Research and Campaigns

Shared Lives can be a fantastic way for people from all communities and groups to contribute to and receive care and support which matches their particular needs. Shared Lives Plus is the representative body for the Shared Lives sector across the UK. We are committed to promoting equality and embracing diversity in our own work, and we support and enable our members to do the same. We are also members of the Welsh Language Scheme.

Shared Lives carers and people who use Shared Lives services come from all backgrounds and walks of life, and Shared Lives schemes engage in a significant amount of proactive work to make sure that people who use Shared Lives services and Shared Lives carers are reflective of the communities they are active in. You can see more about this in depth in our Equality and Diversity within Shared Lives report.

Click here to download this file

Commissioning For Provider Diversity

24 March 2015 - 07:32 AM

Interested in creating a new personalised commissioning model to help develop provider diversity and a vibrant local market place with micro-enterprise at its heart? This Shared Lives Plus guide offers key suggestions, case studies and information.

England Wide Recruitment Drive Launched #wesharecouldyou?

04 March 2015 - 09:01 AM

Minister and NHS chief back Shared Lives Plus in nationwide campaign to recruit more people into innovative form of care



Minister for Care and Support, Norman Lamb MP and NHS boss, Simon Stevens, are today (Wednesday March 4th) backing #WeShareCouldYou? - a new England wide drive to encourage more people to consider becoming Shared Lives carers.


Shared Lives is an innovative form of care where a Shared Lives carer will support an older or disabled adult in the Shared Lives carer’s own home.


People who use Shared Lives say they make more friends, are less isolated and live better lives as a result.


There are already over 8,000 Shared Lives carers supporting 10,000 people in England, but following grants from the Cabinet Office, Nesta and Big Lottery Fund, Shared Lives Plus have committed to doubling the number of people using Shared Lives over 5 years; and attracting more people to sign up as Shared Lives carers is a central part of this aim.

Securing the backing of both Simon Stevens and Norman Lamb is a major boost to Shared Lives Plus – and also represents significant recognition of the value of Shared Lives jointly to both the NHS and Social care


Alex Fox, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus said


“Having the backing of both Simon Stevens and Norman Lamb is a fantastic boost to our efforts to support local schemes in their recruitment of Shared Lives carers, showing how Shared Lives is being seen as a key element in the future of Health and Social care”


“The Shared Lives form of care is proven to deliver better outcomes, and deliver significant savings for local authorities compared with traditional approaches. 10,000 people across England are currently being supported in Shared Lives arrangements – but we believe there is scope to increase this figure further. By expanding Shared Lives, over £150m could be saved by councils and the NHS in England – and crucially more people will be able to enjoy the good lives that people living in Shared Lives arrangements say they benefit from”


Minister of State for Care and Support, Norman Lamb said:


“I am delighted to support Shared Lives Plus in their campaign to recruit more Shared Lives carers across the country. Shared Lives is an innovative way of providing care and support that can deliver good outcomes for the people using it. I’ve also heard from Shared Lives carers how rewarding they and their families have found their involvement.

 I would encourage anyone who wants to know more to contact their local Shared Lives scheme so that all who could benefit from the support of a Shared Lives household are able to do so.”


NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens added:


“We set out in our Five Year Forward View a vision for a more innovative healthcare system, in which community-based models of health and care support like Shared Lives will play an important role. Shared Lives carers share their own homes and their family and community lives with older and disabled people. Shared Lives is already helping people recover from or avoid hospital stays in some areas and I hope the Shared Lives Plus recruitment campaign will lead to the model being offered more widely. I encourage people who would like to use their health or care skills in this way, to find out about becoming a Shared Lives carer from your local scheme.”


There is a Shared Lives scheme in almost every local authority area in England, and across the country schemes are holding events, or using social media to raise awareness of Shared Lives and encourage more people to consider becoming a Shared Lives carer.


Claire and Ayisha who live in a Shared Lives arrangement with Shared Live carers Graham and Lorna said:


“Lots of people out there would love to live in Shared Lives, love to share their lives with someone. It feels like a real family”



In addition to efforts by schemes to raise awareness in local areas, existing Shared Lives carers are committing to asking other people to consider becoming a Shared Lives carer during the campaign – and in addition, social media will also be delivering the message using the hashtag #WeShareCouldYou?