Supported housing

Hillingdon Shared Lives Scheme

The Hillingdon Shared Lives (HSL) Scheme provides accommodation, care and support for vulnerable adults or young people (16+) within a family setting.

The Shared Lives Scheme is a person-centred service, with applicants being very carefully matched with Shared Lives Carers.

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About Shared Lives

Shared Lives offers support to vulnerable adults and young people (16+) with a learning disability, recovering mental health need, physical or sensory disability or those who require help because they are an older person.

HSL provides support for families who are caring for a dependant relative by offering periods of respite care.

Assists in rehabilitation or for light convalescence. 

Provides a supportive caring environment as a step towards moving on towards independence.

Offers a long-term placement for people who wish to live with a family as part of the community and as an alternative to living in a large residential home, hospital setting, or alone.

"You end up creating this big family - made up of your relatives and the people you care for. It's rewarding and you're helping someone live with dignity and independence." Khem Ramjuttun, Shared Lives Carer from Hayes

Who is it for?

Adults aged 18 and upwards with:

  • a learning disability
  • a physical or sensory disability
  • recovering mental health
  • an older person who needs support.

The scheme is also offered to:

  • young people (16+) with a learning disability
  • young people who are unaccompanied asylum seekers.

Apply to be a Shared Lives carer

If you are interested in becoming a carer and want further information, email us at or call us on 01895 277025.

Page last updated: 15 Dec 2023