Guideposts Shared Lives: Fostering Independence

Shared Lives is a form of independent living that offers people opportunities to live within family households and participate in their community as active citizens. The key aim of Shared Lives is to give the people who use the service a sense of belonging. This is achieved through supporting people with independent living skills, developing relationships and participating in the local community.

How does Shared Lives work at Guideposts?

Guideposts has been delivering Shared Lives schemes across four counties in the East of England since 1997, namely: Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. Within each of these areas we have dedicated teams who recruit and train caring individuals in the community to become Shared Lives carers, carefully match these individuals with a service user and support the placement on an ongoing basis.

Up until now our schemes have been largely supporting adults with learning disabilities but we see a real opportunity to make use of Shared Lives principles to provide a flexible approach to placements and support to meet differing needs and aims of the people using the schemes.
For more information about how to become a Shared lives Carer please click the link below

Why is Shared Lives a good alternative?

As well as meeting the requirements for a cost-effective solution which promotes independence and social inclusion for each individual, Shared Lives also makes savings for the public purse. For example, the average net savings from a long-term Shared Lives arrangement per person per year are £26,000 for people with Learning Disabilities, compared with residential care. (Shared Lives Plus - 'The State of Shared Lives in England' (2014)

To find out more about your local Shared Lives Scheme please click the appropriate link below

Shared Lives Hertfordshire

Contacting our Shared Lives Schemes

Hertfordshire Shared Lives Scheme

82a High Street, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 9AT

Phone: 01920 484 946

Email: [email protected]

Essex Shared Lives Scheme

BIC210 The MedBIC, Alan Cherry Drive, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1SQ

Phone: 01245 407 520

Email: [email protected]

Norfolk & Suffolk Shared Lives Scheme

Unit 14 Diss Business Centre, Dark Lane, Diss,Norfolk, IP21 4HD

Phone: 01379 644 423

Email:[email protected]