Shared Lives scheme for Northern Ireland
This page contains information on the Shared Lives scheme for Northern Ireland (NI) an alternative to respite, short breaks for adults in need of support, as well as providing information on how you can become involved as a Host Carer.
About Shared Lives Northern Ireland (NI)
‘Shared Lives’ enables people in need of support to live with, or have a short break with, a Host Carer. It supports people to stay within their local communities, to live independently for longer, to develop new friendships and to give their families and carers a break.
The scheme matches a person in need of support with a Host Carer who understands their needs and has similar interests and hobbies.
It is an alternative form of traditional social care that is a regulated service thereby providing assurance to all involved.
Being a Shared Lives Host Carer
Shared Lives Host Carers are specially recruited and trained individuals who share homes and their family lives with the person/s they are supporting.
Anyone over the age of 21 can become a Host Carer.
You don’t need formal qualifications or experience – just the right attitude and willingness to share your life with another person.
The benefits of Shared Lives
There are a number of benefits to the Shared Lives scheme, including:
- promotes social inclusion
- improves quality of life
- creates new life experiences, friends and sustainable relationships
- consistent and continuous support
- flexibility to all involved
Shared Lives suits many people because it provides an alternative to traditional forms of care. It gives you choice, flexibility, and is person centred.
If you are interested in being a Host Carer
Shared Lives NI Host Carers open their homes to support eligible adults with support needs.
Find out more about your local scheme
You can find more information on local schemes by contacting the relevant Health and Social Care Trust via the links below:
- Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
- Northern Health and Social Care Trust
- Western Health and Social Care Trust
‘Shared Lives Plus’ and future schemes
Shared Lives Plus is a UK charity that promotes and develops Shared Lives models and provides support to member schemes and carers. They do not set up or run schemes.
Further information can be found on the Shared Lives Plus website.