About us

Providing care and support for vulnerable adults across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset  by matching them with a carer.

About us

The most important people in Shared Lives South West are the 500 plus people who use our services and who are supported by more than 300 amazing Shared Lives Carers.

We are an award winning charity that delivers long term and short break care services throughout Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

We provide care and support and are an alternative to supported living and residential care.

We are able to support people with achieving their goals, living as independently as possible and unlocking their potential.

Established in 2004, we are a highly regarded care provider, rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. We have a very strong reputation in the Shared Lives sector for quality, innovation and person centred approaches.

We specialise in supporting people with learning disabilities, autism, mental ill health, dementia and older people. People who use our services live or have a break in the home of one of our approved carers. It’s similar to adult fostering and is a great alternative to supported living or residential care.

Our Funding and Benefits team check that people who use our services are receiving the correct benefits and offer a money management service.

We are passionate about training and investing in our team to ensure we deliver high quality services.

Shared Lives South West is an independent registered charity, regulated by the Charity Commission and Companies House. We have offices at Kingsteignton, in Devon, Ilminster in Somerset and Scorrier in Cornwall.

At the heart of our organisation are the people who use our services and our amazing carers.

Our vision: To be the leading Shared Lives provider in the country

Our purpose:  To make a positive impact on the lives of the people
we support.

Our values: Putting CARE into everything we do:

Community-Working together with a shared purpose and belonging to achieve
common goals
Autonomy- Empowering people to take ownership and accountability for
Resilience- Building the strength and character to embrace change and challenge
Equity- Giving people what they need to have equal access to opportunities
in life

Read our latest annual report below

20th birthday at Shared Lives South West with cupcakes

“It’s good to be able to get on with things ourselves, but it’s also good to know there’s someone there to talk to for backup, advice and support, when we need it.”