Shared Lives is a scheme that supports eligible adults aged 16 or over who need accommodation and care and support to live with, have regular stays or visits with an approved carer.
The person needing care and support is matched to a compatible Shared Lives carer.
Shared Lives supports:
- older people
- people with learning disabilities
- people with mental health problems
- people with physical disabilities
- people with substance misuse problems
- care leavers
It gives people the skills and confidence they need to live independently.
Shared Lives scheme in Essex
MacIntyre is a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities. They run the Shared Lives scheme in Essex. Visit their website to find out more information on how the scheme works and how to become a carer.