What is the Shared Lives scheme?

Shared Lives carers share their family and community life with someone who needs support.

About the scheme

The Shared Lives scheme offers:

  • long term accommodation and support
  • short breaks
  • respite care
  • day support .

Across the county there are approximately 80 households of approved Shared Lives carers.


Shared Lives carers are approved by Oxfordshire County Council and have received training and been approved by an independent panel.

Shared Lives carers have also been checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service and are supported and monitored by the Shared Lives Scheme which is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  

The scheme was inspected in March 2019 and was rated 'good' overall, with an 'outstanding' rating for caring. Read a full report on the CQC website

Find out more about Shared Lives services.

Who can have support?

The service is open to anyone who has been assessed under the Care Act (2014) and referred by an Oxfordshire County Council social worker or care co-ordinator. This may because he or she has a disability or mental health difficulty and needs some support.  

The service is open to some 16-17 year olds in certain circumstances.

The scheme will match users with a suitable Shared Lives carer.

Service users stay in the Shared Lives carer’s home and be a part of the household - whether this is for a couple of nights or a long term arrangement.

Find out more about Shared Lives

Find out more or contact us if you would like to speak to someone.