Shared Lives Short Breaks

If you are a family carer supporting a loved one with a learning disability, physical disability, mental health need and/or dementia, Shared Lives can offer you the chance for regular respite breaks, or Short Breaks in idyllic locations across the North of England for the ones you care for.

The Avalon Group currently offers placements in York, Wirral and Scarborough, each household offering unparalleled levels of personalised support, care and engagement to allow your loved one a holiday either by the sea or in one of the UK's most stunning historical cities. 

Every Shared Lives carer offering this service is fully trained and CQC compliant as part of Avalon's wider assessment. There is also a thorough matching process which ensures your family member is supported by someone whose interests and lifestyle match theirs, allowing for long lasting bonds of friendship to form.

Meet one of our Families

Ted and Linda

Ted and Linda (pictured along with John whom they support) have been providing Shared Lives care from their home for several years now. With backgrounds in therapeutic foster care and residential care, Linda and Ted decided they wanted to offer Shared Lives as a way to allow them to do more for the people they are supporting.

“Working in traditional care environments is great,” says Linda, “but I found that I would often get frustrated when I wanted to spend more time with individuals to make the most of their days and help them progress further. That’s why we decided to offer care from home and it has been fantastic, as we now have a real relationship with each person we support. Just like a family.”

Linda and Ted have been supporting John as part of a permanent placement since last November and have seen him thrive with their highly personalised care; even going on a month long holiday to Australia – a trip that John has many great memories of and which he will happily regale any willing listeners with!

But the family also offer respite and short breaks from their home. This allows family carers to access support in a way that is totally bespoke and provided in a safe environment which is much like their own homes.

When looking for support for your loved ones, safety and trust have to be the two most important elements. With Shared Lives these are guaranteed facets of the service.

For more information or to enquire about booking a Short Break, contact Avalon on 01423 530053 or email 


Our Services

Shared Lives

Shared Lives is a pioneering alternative to traditional methods of care. Under the scheme, fully trained carers open their homes to allow people to live with them either on a short or long-term basis.

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Supported Living

We provide a range of services to support people in their communities, including life skills, money management, learning, work opportunities or anything you might need support with, we can help.

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Living with Dementia

We offer a totally personalised dementia care service, involving home assessments and flexible support hours to allow you to remain in your community, surrounded by the people you love.

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