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Housing options and care homes

Shared Lives scheme

The Shared Lives scheme supports eligible adults aged 16 or over who need support to live on their own. It provides accommodation and support, or regular stays or visits with an approved carer.

The scheme matches the person needing care and support to a compatible Shared Lives carer.

Shared Lives supports:

  • older people
  • people with learning disabilities
  • people with mental health problems
  • people with physical disabilities
  • people with substance misuse problems
  • care leavers

It gives people the skills and confidence they need to live independently.

Shared Lives scheme in Essex

MacIntyre is a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities. They run the Shared Lives scheme in Essex. Visit their website to find out more about how the scheme works and how to become a carer.

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