Shared Lives Stories

What is Shared Lives?

Shared Lives carers open their homes to provide either a short or long term living arrangement to people with a care or support need. It’s similar to fostering, but for adults rather than children. Most importantly, Shared Lives offers personalised support in a safe, family environment, helping people to grow and thrive.

As a carer, you will provide opportunities for people to live fulfilling lives, supporting the development of skills and promoting good mental health so that the people you care for become active, valued members in your local community, and within your family unit.

You will be self-employed, but supported by The Avalon Group with things like training, record keeping and support planning so that you can deliver your role with confidence. Avalon also matches you with the people you will be supporting.

Take a look at some of our inspiring Shared Lives stories below.

Ben's Story

Ben is supported by his Shared Lives family carers Denis and Linda.

The couple, who also have children of their own, have looked after Ben within their home since he was a baby – providing foster care up to the age of 18, following which they wanted to ensure Ben could remain in the family environment they had created for him.


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Shared Lives day support

“Day support is about supporting our customer to have a positive day, encouraging new skills and enjoying time together in our family home.”

We have a lovely, busy home that includes four cats and three teenagers! It’s messy at times and there’s sometimes a bit of attitude – but it’s fun, we are kind and we welcome all.

The day begins when either my husband or I go and pick our customer up. We then get to the best bit, a yummy breakfast. Scrambled eggs are a favourite, washed down with a nice cup of coffee.

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