Essex Shared Lives scheme

For adults with further support needs who want to develop life skills by living with a host person or family

The Essex Shared Lives scheme supports people aged 18 and over who have care and support needs, including:

  • learning disabilities
  • physical disabilities
  • autism
  • mental health needs
  • dementia
  • older adults
  • young people transitioning into adult service

It provides accommodation and support, or regular stays or visits, with an approved Shared Lives host. Helping people gain the skills and confidence they need to live independent lives.

The scheme matches the person needing care and support to a compatible host.

You can read more about the scheme in our Essex Shared Lives introduction guide (PDF, 696.49kB).

Apply to be an Essex Shared Lives host

To be a Shared Lives host you must:

  • have a suitable spare bedroom
  • be willing to support adults with care and support needs, such as learning disabilities and autism
  • be comfortable using the internet, email and Microsoft Office

To begin your application, you must complete an Expression of Interest.  A member of the Essex Shared Lives team will then be in touch within 7 days to discuss next steps.

Express your interest to be an Essex Shared Lives host

What happens next?

If your application is successful, you will be guided through:

  1. an initial meeting
  2. an assessment, where you will need to provide an enhanced DBS checks and references (We will fund enhanced DBS checks of successful applicants)
  3. training
  4. matching

Then you are ready to start being a Shared Lives host!

Contact us

If you have any questions that are not covered by the content on this page or in our Essex Shared Lives introduction guide (PDF, 696.49kB), contact us by:

We are available Monday to Thursday between 9am to 5pm, and on Fridays between 9am to 4:30pm.

The Essex Shared Lives scheme was last inspected on 10 June 2022 by CQC. The result of this inspection was a 'requires improvement' rating. 

Find full details of the inspection on the CQC website.