Shared Lives

Shared Lives offers an alternative to home care and care homes for people who need support to live independently.

In Barnsley, we offer the scheme to people who:

  • have a learning or physical disability
  • are older
  • have a mental health problem
  • are vulnerable

We also offer the scheme to children who are in transition from children's services to adults.

How Shared Lives works

Shared Lives is where a person, or family, offers accommodation or care, in their own home, to a person with support needs.  

They become that person's carer, sharing their family and community life with them. All the family contributes to building relationships and including the person in everyday family life.

If you join the Shared Lives scheme, you can choose to:

  • live with a family for a short term fixed period
  • stay with a family on a regular basis for one or more days each week
  • move in with a family long term  

Your needs will be closely matched to the life of the family you'd be staying with.

Benefits of choosing Shared Lives

If you need care, you can join Shared Lives instead of going into a care home or having a home carer. People who join and live in a family environment with a Shared Lives carer usually find that their lives improve.

If you're not sure whether Shared Lives is right for you, have a look at our YouTube clips below. They show Shared Lives families and their carers talking openly about their experiences of the scheme.  

Barnsley is part of a network of national providers of the Shared Lives scheme through Shared Lives Plus. Check their website for useful resources, including videos and blogs, about the scheme. 

How to join Shared Lives

Contact us if you're interested in these living arrangements for yourself or a family member. We'll tell you whether you're eligible for some help to arrange and pay for this service.

If you've had an assessment and are receiving some services, contact your social worker or call the Shared Lives team on (01226) 775023.

If you're paying for your own care, our Shared Lives team can visit you to talk about the suitability of the scheme for you and how much it will cost.

Becoming a Shared Lives carer

We're responsible for recruiting, vetting, training and supporting Shared Lives carers.

We're registered with the Care Quality Commission to provide this service and this means that we have quality inspections.  You can read our latest inspection report on their website.

To apply to be a carer, call (01226) 775023 or download our Shared Lives information and application pack:

As a Shared Lives carer you'll be paid a modest amount to cover some of your time and expenses.