Shared Lives

The Shared Lives Service works with adults who need support due to disability, age or illness. 

We support people to develop meaningful friendships that enable them to live life to the full in their local communities. It can help them achieve goals such as going to college, develop travel skills, visit places outside Wigan and go on holiday.

Adults who need support are carefully matched with Shared Lives champions, who are local people with shared interests, or simply someone that they get on well with.

Champions are recruited from local communities, good people who want to make a difference and put something back into their local area, as part of The Deal.

What support is available?

The service is for people aged 18 or over who have been referred to us by a social worker or a social care officer. It includes:

  • Full-time placement - where people live with their champion on a long term basis and are valued as ‘one of the family’
  • Respite/short term breaks - where people stay overnight at the home of their champion
  • Day/evening activities - where people can realise their aspirations and do the things that are important to them with support from their champion.

Who can be a champion?

Anyone over 18 who wants to share their life with people who use Shared Lives can be a champion. Our champions come from many backgrounds and we focus on the qualities of local people, not their qualifications.

You will receive payments that cover some of your time and expenses, free training and have access to a dedicated support team.

How to get involved

If you are interested in learning more about Shared Lives, whether it's using the service or becoming a champion, visit:

If you have any questions or comments contact us.

There are already 12,000 Shared Lives champions in the UK, recruited, trained and approved by over 150 local services, which are supported by Shared Lives Plus and regulated by the government’s Care Quality Commission (CQC). To get in touch with the CQC, email


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