Shared Lives at Botton

Welcome to Botton Village, a purpose built community nestled in an idyllic valley on the Yorkshire Moors, and just a stone's throw from the coast. Within this community of over 60 houses, our Shared Lives service provides support to carers and customers across the village.

What is Shared Lives?

In Shared Lives, trained carers open their homes to provide support either long or short term to adults with disabilities or mental health needs. What makes the service so unique in Botton is that there are lots of Shared Lives houses in the same place, and so families not only share their lives with each other, but with their neighbours and the rest of the community.

A unique community

This has come about as a result of the Esk Valley Camphill Community (EVCC) and The Avalon Group working together to develop Shared Lives in Botton, and provide safe, family support to people with learning disabilities who live there.

We are committed to providing a warm, stable home life for people with support and care needs, in the context of a community motivated by the social idealism of the worldwide Camphill movement.

Tell me more

The community is made up of carers and people with care and support needs who live with them and share in their community life. It consists of thirteen Shared Lives households, composed of six to seven people who are registered with Avalon as Shared Lives carers or customers.

It is a place where people can learn and grow together, and where people with disabilities live fulfilling lives as valued, integral members of the community. This means that everybody works together and grows together.

The community also runs several social enterprises including a community garden, health food shop and craft workshop. These provide work opportunities for community members.

The essential truth of life in Botton is togetherness, and of drawing strength from one another to create something bigger than the sum of its parts. It is a place that epitomises the idea of family.

What next?

If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch with our Head Office Shared Lives team either by telephone at 01423 530053 or by email: 

To find out more about Shared Lives click HERE, or to read more about the Esk Valley Camphill Community in Botton click HERE.

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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