Shared Lives

South Tees Shared Lives Scheme

We are pleased to have successfully secured a place on Scaling up Shared Lives for Health, a joint programme from Shared Lives Plus and NHS England. The programme gives us access to funding, which we are using to develop a Shared Lives scheme with our provider, The Avalon Group, for people who have ongoing health needs or disabilities.

More information can be found on the Shared Lives Plus website or below.

Could you be a Shared Lives carer?

Do you have room in your heart and home to support someone with care needs?

Under the Shared Lives scheme, paid carers offer adults with disabilities or a health condition a place to live in their home as part of their family. This includes long and short term placements as well as short breaks, respite and day services.

If you consider yourself to be a caring and reliable person, with room in your home, and would like to help adults to live fulfilling lives, we want to hear from you. No previous care experience is necessary as full training is provided.

Our Shared Lives scheme is led by Avalon Group, an award-winning charity and leading provider of social care across the North of England. Carers can receive self-employed status, monthly payments, an income tax-free incentive up to £25,000 and access to award-winning training opportunities.

For more information and to register your interest in becoming a Shared Lives carer, please contact Avalon’s Teesside team on 01642 633556 or email

Are you a professional working with someone who might benefit from Shared Lives in the South Tees area?

If you are working with someone who you feel would benefit from a Shared Lives placement as an alternative to other types of care, we’re keen to hear from you. You don’t need to make a full referral or be certain about eligibility up front – the team will be happy to discuss and share more information with you to help. In general, we are looking for people who receive or will be receiving Continuing Health Care or a jointly funded package of care i.e. their care will be part funded by the NHS. At this stage, we are also particularly focusing on adults (or young people in transition to adult services) with learning disabilities and/or autism.

For more information or to begin a dialogue about a potential referral, please contact Avalon’s Teesside team on 01642 633556 or email