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A happy solution for all

Shared Lives enables people who need some extra help, to live life to the full without having to live alone or in a care home.

It offers crucial support and friendships to people who have a variety of needs, whether that includes physical and sensory disabilities, mental health conditions and dementia.

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A bespoke solution catering to each person’s requirements.

People living in Shared Lives benefit from stronger and well-developed relationships in a family setting; a more active and vibrant lifestyle; a commitment to independence, and the chance to do things for the first time.

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Some people move in with their Shared Lives carer, others just visit in the day and some combine day and overnight visits.

In Shared Lives, people develop new friendships which help them gain the confidence and skills to become as independent as possible.

People are encouraged to make the most of the day and live their own independent and fulfilling lives. If you want to go to football or a concert, our Shared Lived carers will work to make sure that can happen.

For some people moving into Shared Lives, it could be the first time they learn to cook, volunteer, work, start relationships with friends or go on holiday.

What is Shared Lives?

Shared Lives sees families open up their homes to support and care for other people.

We match people with approved carers who share their daily lives, and we aim to maintain and develop peoples’ independent living skills within a family based, community setting.

Watch our new Shared Lives film – Melissa and Steven’s story.

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Who is it for?

Shared Lives is available to people aged 16 and over with a variety of needs including:

● Physical and learning disabilities
● Older adults with a dementia diagnosis
● People on the Autistic Spectrum
● Young people transitioning from children to adult services

If you know someone who you think would benefit from our Shared Lives service, please contact us.

We have put together a service guide for the people we support in our Shared Lives service.

Service guide – Shared Lives V2

Easy Read Service Guide Shared Lives

Become a Shared Lives carer

Our Shared Lived carers are passionate and dedicated people from all walks of life.

Could you give someone a brighter future? If so we would love to have a chat with you.

Do you:

  • Rent or own your own home
  • Have a spare room in your home
  • Are over 18

Then you could be a Shared Lives Carer.

Read more about our Shared Lives service here Shared Lives – a happy solution for everyone | The Bolton News

Call us on 01204 333934 or 01204 331111 or email us at

We can answer any of your questions and help you make a decision that works for you.

Take a look at what some of our existing Shared Lives Carers have to say.

Please complete our Shared Lives expression of interest form

Contact Us

Shared Lives is designed to help find a lasting, rewarding and happy solution for everyone.

For more information, please get in touch.