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What a Shared Lives Provider does

Shared Lives Providers provide adults and young people, who are not able to live on their own, a safe, secure home with the love and stability that family life can offer.

Usually the adult or young person (aged over 16 years) finds it difficult or impossible to live independently, usually because they have:

  • a learning disability
  • mental health needs
  • physical disability or sensory impairment

Living with a Shared Lives Provider, means that they don't have to be in residential care or live in isolation.

The type of care you provide

The level of care you provide varies depending on need, but usually includes personal care, encouraging independence skills and involvement in community activities.

People placed with providers have the opportunity to develop the skills to build new and continue old friendships and live as part of their local community; giving them a sense of wellbeing in a safe and supportive environment.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) consistently rate Shared Lives as one of the safest and most effective forms of care and support.  Durham Shared Lives is a registered service with CQC and is currently rated as "Outstanding".


As a Shared Lives Provider, you can decide if you want to provide short-term, long-term or emergency care for up to three people at a given time.

Join Durham's Shared Lives Scheme

Are you a caring person looking for a rewarding career with flexible hours? Could you care for and support adults with a learning disability in your own home? Why not become a Shared Lives Provider?

We welcome people;

  • of all ages,
  • backgrounds and ethnic groups single
  • married or living with a partner with or without children
  • homeowners or in rented accommodation

We need Shared Lives Providers across the county - please contact us to find out more, or ask about becoming a Shared Lives Provider.

Contact us
Shared Lives
07786 027 139