Shared Lives

Cheshire West and Chester Council is working with Vivo Care Choices to raise awareness of the valuable work that carers do in our community in the form of a Christmas e-card.

‘Life is better when shared’ is the festive message for the Christmas e-card, emphasising the importance of sharing memories and experiences with others. It encourages people to consider becoming Shared Lives carers, with the level of support being up to the carer – from enjoying a regular day out to sharing their home with someone that needs support. The role is rewarding for both the carer and person being cared for and, often, lifelong friendships are formed.

If you would like further information about the Shared Lives service or becoming a Shared Lives carer in Cheshire West and Chester, please contact the team.

Ellesmere Port and Chester area
Telephone: 0151 337 4581

Northwich and Winsford area
Telephone: 01606 271562


Shared Lives is a national service, offering care provision across the UK. You can find out more about the services in other locations by visiting Shared Lives Plus website.

Our Shared Lives Service is available to vulnerable adults aged 16+ who need support; or support and accommodation to live full and socially inclusive lives. Shared Lives offers an important alternative to regular day services, respite care and residential care. It is particularly beneficial for adults with a learning disability and adults with dementia. Shared Lives Carers and those they support are matched for compatibility and then develop real relationships; with the Carer acting as an extended family.

The Shared Lives Service offers three types of care:

  1. Day support – Shared Lives Carers offer support for a vulnerable adult or older person during the day – in either the Carer’s own home or the person’s home on a 1:1 or small group basis.
  2. Short-term care – adults stay temporarily with a Shared Lives Carer to get a break from routine or to give their family or friends a break.
  3. Long-term care – adults live with a Shared Lives Carer, sharing their lives and their home.