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Services in Christchurch

Shared Lives


During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have made changes to our services for vulnerable adults to make sure that they are both effective and safe.

See further information about changes to services.

Shared Lives places people aged 16 and over who need care and support with approved carers who care for them in their family home. This scheme covers Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Placements can be long term, short term, respite or day support.

There are lots of opportunities for Shared Lives carers and people using the scheme to meet and get to know each other before any placement goes ahead.

The scheme is registered with and regulated by the Care Quality Commission.

Shared Lives is for people who:

  • have a learning disability
  • have mental health concerns
  • have a physical disability
  • are an older person who needs care and support
  • have dementia
  • have complex needs

People are referred to the scheme by their social care worker.

Shared Lives carers

Shared Lives carers are recruited, assessed and approved by the Shared Lives Team. Carers are continually given support and training and placements are monitored by the team.

Carers are self employed and are paid for the service they provide, household costs and rent.

Great care is taken to match the people using the scheme with appropriate carers and to provide support for carers to maintain positive and quality placements.

The scheme always welcomes interest from potential new Shared Lives carers.

Find out more

For more information, please call 01202 451392 or email

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