Care and support For families Become a Shared Lives carer Shared Lives is an adult placement service based in the North West of England that matches adults with learning disabilities and/or mental health needs with carers and their families, to live within their home. Our Shared Lives scheme in the North West offers an alternative to the usual housing support that people with learning disabilities and mental health needs have on offer to them, such as residential homes or home care. It offers someone the opportunity to live in a family environment, allowing them to become part of a community, where they can develop relationships and grow in confidence. We match carers and the people they support carefully and gradually introduce support, ensuring that both the carer and person supported are happy with the arrangement. The support is ongoing and changes with the needs of the individual. Who can be a Shared Lives carer? Anyone, of all ages and backgrounds, who is willing to open up their homes and make a difference to someone’s life is eligible to become a carer. Both long-term and short-term caring opportunities are available. The Shared Lives team provides full training and pay for carers, working with them, and the person they are supporting, to ensure everyone has the help they need. How do I find out more? To find out more about becoming a Shared Lives carer, see our Shared Lives FAQs or to refer someone to the service please contact the Merseyside head office to be directed or email Rachel Ward.