Shared Lives Service

The Shared Lives service offers adults with care and support needs the opportunity to move in with, or regularly visit, an approved Shared Lives carer.

Shared Lives supports:

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

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

The person needing care and support is matched to a suitable Shared Lives carer.

Shared Lives scheme in Essex

MacIntyre is a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities. They run the Shared Lives scheme in Essex.

Visit the MacIntyre website to find out more about how the scheme works.

How to access

You need a social care assessment to find out your care and support needs. Adult social care will let you know if shared lives is a good housing option for you.


Who the service provides for

16 year olds and above with a disability.


How the service is accessed

Social worker referral.


Phone number

0345 603 7630