What is a Shared Lives service?

In a Shared Lives Service you are supported by someone called a Shared Lives carer. The Shared Lives carer will share their family home with you and include you as part of their family.

Who is this service for?

Anyone who is over 16 and who has been assessed as needing support.

If your care manager or social worker says that they think you would benefit from this kind of support we can tell you more about the service.

If you think that this service would be right for you and want to buy it with your own money, we will come along and tell you about it to make sure that it will meet your needs.

If you want to use some of your direct payments or individual budget for this kind of support, you can do, if it is meeting your needs.

What can the Shared Lives service offer you?

  • You will choose your own carers.
  • You will be invited into the Shared Lives carers home, which will be clean and well looked after.
  • You will have the company of other people but also have your own independence as an adult.
  • You will be able to meet new people and make new friends.
    You can get the support you need to do things you choose to do.
  • You can learn new skills.
  • Your carer will respect you and support you to make choices and decisions and be in control of your own life.

What are the different ways we can support you?


1. Shared Lives Placements

2. Shared Lives Support

3. Shared Lives Short Breaks/Respite

4. Share a Day Care

5. Transition Support from Fostering

6. Free Training

7. Carers Support Group


The Richmond Fellowship Scotland has been working in partnership with Shared Lives Plus to launch our new pilot to support older people in Rural Perthshire. 

Click Here to read the Shared Lives Plus Rural leaflet for older people 

Click Here to read the Shared Lives Plus Rural leaflet for carers

If you would like to find out more about shared lives, please contact us.

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The Shared Lives service has been able to provide a flexible and inclusive approach to my client who has been struggling in his current placement. The Shared Lives carer is accepting of my client and has approached him in a non-judgemental way without the client feeling under pressure. Both the carer and co-ordinator have been actively working with social work and the client in a creative and positive way to provide a service and build a relationship in challenging circumstances.