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Leeds Shared Lives

Leeds Shared Lives has been offering a service to the people of Leeds since 1978.  We offer assistance to family and informal carers who support adults (18 years and over) that have a physical or learning disability, sensory impairment or dementia.

The aim of the service is to give the family or informal carer a break from their caring responsibilities.  This could be for a few hours a week, overnight, a weekend or part of a week and in some cases a longer period of time.  Breaks can take place in the home of the Shared Lives Carer (short breaks or day support) or at your own home (outreach support) whichever you prefer.

To download our Shared Lives Leaflet please go to downloads on the left hand side of the page.

Short breaks

This is support provided in the family home of one of our trained and approved Shared Lives carers.  The person staying with the Shared Lives carer will have the opportunity to take part in family life and is an alternative to residential respite.

Day support

The person visiting the Shared Lives carer during the day will have the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of activities or learn new skills.  This can be flexible or on a regular day. For more detail please see the downloads on the left hand side of this page, for information on day support for under 65s or day support for over 65s.

Outreach support

This is support offered by one of our trained and approved carers in your own home giving you the opportunity to take a break.  Support can be during the day or overnight depending on what you feel you would most benefit from.  For more information please see the download on the left hand side of this page.

To access all the above services, a referral needs to be made by a health or social care professional.