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Sharing a home (Shared Lives)

Shared Lives provides care for adults who want to live independently but within a support network of family and community. We’re an alternative to other supported living or residential care, of which all aim to help you live a more fulfilled life. Our carers share their homes to help you gain life skills and contribute to your community.

Shared Lives can support adults:

  • over the age of 18
  • with a mental health condition
  • with a sensory impairment
  • transitioning from foster care to Shared Lives at 18 years of age
  • with a learning disability
  • with autism
  • with a physical disability.

Our care is flexible and sensitive to the needs of you and your family, offering individual care and support when you need it. We provide day support, overnight stays, respite as well as long-term care.

If you are interested in being supported by a Shared Lives carer, email sharedlives@iow.gov.uk or speak to your social care worker.

Shared Lives carers

Any island resident over the age of 18 from all walks of life and backgrounds can become a Shared Lives carer if they own or rent a home subject to the approval process. Relevant care work experience is not essential. Our care is based on shared interests and lifestyles. We welcome all applicants and will provide full training, a care and support fee, as well as ongoing support.

Shared Lives carers are self-employed and do not work to a fixed schedule, but they are paid in line with the expectations set out in our Shared Lives agreement.

If you are interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer, please contact us for an informal chat or complete our online application form. A member of the Shared Lives team will arrange a face-to-face visit at your home.

Our Shared Lives service is registered with the Care Quality Commission.


Some of the information on this page links back to our council website (iow.gov.uk)

Contact information

Adult Social Care

Shared Lives
Riverside
The Quay
Newport
Isle of Wight
PO30 2QR

Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm
Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm