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What is available?

A Shared Lives Scheme placement offers vulnerable adults the chance to receive the care and support they need in a different setting to the family home, or the supported accommodation, in which they usually live.

Placements are arranged in the homes of carers who have been recruited, trained and approved for this purpose. Placements can be short term, lasting anything from one night to several weeks, enabling both the person needing support and their carers to have a break. Or they can be more long term, providing the opportunity for the person receiving support to live as part of the family. Emergency placements may also be considered if suitable carers are available.

Day support can also be arranged if this would meet your support needs. This can be for as little as 1 hour per week and may be provided at differing times of the day, evening and/or weekends depending on the availability of approved carers.


Shared Lives Scheme

Who can get a placement?

Any vulnerable adult over the age of 18 who lives in Blackburn with Darwen.

However, in order to work out just what your needs are and whether a Shared Lives placement is the best way to meet them, we do need to carry out an assessment.

What is an assessment?


After the assessment your social worker will identify and agree your needs with you and discuss the help and support available to meet them, according to the seriousness of your situation.

Click here to download an information leaflet about the Shared Lives Scheme, which includes 2 real life examples of people who use Shared Lives in Blackburn with Darwen.

How much does a Shared Lives placement cost?

There will be some cost but the actual amount you pay will depend on what services you receive. You may be able to get help with the costs and we will help you fill out a financial assessment form to see if you qualify for financial help.

CQC Inspection Report

To view the latest CQC inspection information for the Shared Lives scheme please click here

Become a Shared Lives carer

If you are interested in becoming a paid Shared Lives carer please contact us on (01254) 585899 or email 

You can be approved to offer a long term placement which involves supporting someone on a full time basis, on a short term basis, or for respite or day support.  More information is available in this leaflet.

How to get in touch

If you'd like more information about the Shared Lives scheme please contact us on (01254) 585899 or email

Shared Lives CQC rating March 2018