The Shared Lives Service

Shared Lives is a special kind of social care based around sharing home and everyday life.

It’s for people who want to live independently in their community and who have chosen to be supported by a Shared Lives carer to enable them to achieve their goals.

The needs of people in the service can differ and may include:

  • Dementia
  • Mental health difficulties
  • Frailty
  • Learning disability
  • Physical and sensory disability

Shared Lives can offer day opportunities, long term and short term placements. It can be a bespoke alternative to day services, supported living or residential care.
It’s all based on shared interests, lifestyles and sense of humour. It feels like an ordinary life – not a service – for someone who needs support and doesn’t feel like a ‘job’ for the Shared Lives carer.

Moray needs more Shared Lives carers to support people to live life to the full.
Skills and values that can help make a good Shared Lives Carer are:

  • Being caring, nurturing and understanding
  • Patience and honesty
  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • The ability to get on and work on your own or with different people

But every Shared Lives carer is different and we will always consider your experience, knowledge and skills to determine if you are a good fit for the service.

Please click this link to see a short video produced to showcase our Moray Shared Lives service - Moray Shared Lives Day Support.

To apply or for more general info

Our Shared Lives Team are here to help you with more information, to answer your questions or to get you started on your journey.

For more general information prior to applying, please contact the Shared Lives Team at or call 01343 563450 (this number is not manned but is monitored regularly throughout the day. Please leave a message and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible)

General Shared Lives information can also be found at Start your shared life - Shared Lives Plus.

Contact Us

Shared Lives Team
Council Offices
High Street
IV30 1BX

01343 563450

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