Shared Lives Scheme

Shared Lives

The Shared Lives Scheme offers adults with disabilities the chance to contribute to real friendships and become active, valued citizens with a sense of belonging and confidence in themselves.

View our easy read service specification Shared Lives day support (pdf 576KB).

Find out more about the Shared Lives Scheme:

Shared Lives placement

The possibilities are endless with Shared Lives. Each person decides what they want to achieve on their placement. We match them with someone who shares the same interests and can support them to success - a Shared Lives carer.

Shared Lives carers share their homes and lives with you. They offer practical and emotional support depending on your needs, the support you need and how much support they can offer. The support is based in and around the Shared Lives carer’s home and community. They are assessed and trained as a carer for the Shared Lives Scheme.

Placements can range from a few hours during the day or evening, during the week or weekends, to a short overnight break. 

A Shared Lives placement is tailored to your needs and helps:

  • you to live independently
  • to maintain and enhance your physical, emotional and spiritual well being
  • protect you from harm

This one minute video gives you some more information on what Shared Lives has to offer from the viewpoint of a Shared Lives carer and someone who uses the Scheme.

Shared Lives support

The Shared Lives scheme provides:

  • day support in a Shared Lives carer’s home
  • shared breaks in a Shared Lives carer's home
  • long-term accommodation and support
  • weekend breaks away
  • transition support

In all circumstances, you can enjoy a change to your daily routine in the company of a Shared Lives carer. You can take part in activities and outings or you can simply choose to relax. 

Shared Lives activity weekend breaks

The Shared Lives Scheme offers three short activity weekend breaks a year to people who are interested in Shared Lives, their family carers and Shared Lives carers. A break or a holiday can help people to relax whilst recharging their batteries. This is no different for people who have a disability and their families.

We use venues that offer value for money, have stunning environments, provide good food and give opportunities to try new activities. This all takes place in an equal, flexible setting where everyone can help and give something to others whilst growing as a person in their own right.

Contact us if you want to find out more about these activity short breaks or our weekend day events.

Transition support

Shared Lives can also provide support during periods of transition. Times of transition in life can be difficult for us all, but even more so if you have support needs such as learning or physical disabilities or mental health issues. Whether it’s moving into adulthood and gaining some independence; thinking about moving from the family home; moving to a new area; copying with a bereavement or change in health or simply wanting some new experiences.

Times of transition can be tough on individuals and their families, but with a strong support network this process can be successful and fulfilling for everyone.

Getting on a Shared Lives placement

If you would like to know more about Shared Lives a social worker or care manager will refer you.

You are individually assessed to find out what level of support you need.  Your needs, likes and interests are identified so we can carefully match you with a Shared Lives carer.

For example you:

  • may enjoy a stay in the country where it is peaceful and like to help with animals
  • have a part time job, so your placement needs to be close enough to support this
  • would like a holiday with a Shared Lives carer who will have time to make you feel special

Shared Lives placement cost

You pay a contribution towards your living expenses for using  the Shared Lives Scheme.

Shared Lives carers get a payment from us.


Our quarterly newsletter - Care and Share - has information and updates about the Shared Lives Scheme, our carers and stories from people sharing their experiences about using the Scheme.

Contact us

If you need more information about the Scheme, would like to use Shared Lives or want to become a Shared Lives carer please email us or call 078248 37791.

The Shared Lives Team
Carlton House
Arduthie Road
AB39 2DL

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