East Sussex Shared Lives Scheme


What is Shared Lives?

Shared Lives is a type of accommodation-based support that enables people to live life to the full in their communities.

Adults who need support or care are matched with a compatible Shared Lives provider who agrees to share their home and their family (or community) life with them. Support can include long-term or short-term accommodation and respite. Shared Lives can also be used to provide daytime support.


Types of support

Shared Lives providers offer support including:

  • personal care
  • medication administration
  • support to access the community
  • targeted support to increase independence
The person being supported will have the privacy of their own room, but share family life with the person (or people) in the home. The majority of people will have a license agreement that enables them to claim housing benefit. Some providers live on their own, some are couples and some have children living with them.
In Shared Lives the goal is an 'ordinary family life', where everyone gets to contribute to real relationships and are able to be active, valued citizens. Shared Lives is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and providers are rigorously assessed, vetted and supervised following approval at an independent panel.


Who can access Shared Lives?

Shared Lives providers offer support to a variety of people in a wide range of different situations. Individuals supported in Shared Lives arrangements may have learning or physical disabilities, mental health problems, or may be elderly or frail. Shared Lives can also support people through transition from children’s to adult services and people who may have misused substances or who are ex-offenders.



All referrals to the Shared Lives Scheme must come through the TSpecialist Services Team (Brokerage)  and people must meet the eligibility criteria for funding.

Service Details

East Sussex County Council
Service Type:
Specialist Housing
Registration Category:
  • Regulated personal care services
Accreditation Scheme Membership:
  • Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Organisation Sector:
  • Local government

About You

For People With:
  • Physical disabilities
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health needs
  • Vision impairment
  • Hearing impairment
  • Speech impairment

Accreditation Information

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is a non-departmental public body established to regulate and inspect health and social care services in England.

Their role is to check whether hospitals, care homes, GPs, dentists, and care services delivered in your home are meeting national standards.


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This page was last updated on 03 December 2018

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Contact Details

Contact Name:
Matt Holmes
01323 747415
Contact Name:
Lyn Cannings
01323 747415