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St Anne’s Shared Lives service

Our aim is to recruit carers who can offer a permanent home to an adult with learning disabilities. This used to be called adult placement and is now called Shared Lives.

We have a wide range of carers from all parts of Leeds, with a variety of skills and backgrounds. Carers include: families with children; single people of all ages; single sex couples; couples whose children have grown up and those from BME communities. This variety makes it possible to identify carers who can meet the particular needs of individual service users.

Potential carers undergo a thorough assessment process to ensure that only the most suitable people are approved. Once approved they will provide:

  • A room in their home
  • All meals
  • Any care and support that is required
  • Full involvement in their family and social life

All arrangements are overseen by a scheme worker to ensure that the service users’ needs continue to be met and that the carer receives the necessary support.

Shared Lives has been established for over 25 years and currently has over 70 clients with a learning disability in the Leeds area.

If you would like to find out more please contact:

Manager: Jonathan Hainsworth


Contact Number: 0113 281 6967

Introducing the new Homeshare programme

TVC – Leeds Homeshare 2017 from Made Television on Vimeo.

Leeds City Council is launching Homeshare in September 2016, a pilot funded by the Big Lottery in partnership with local providers including St Anne’s Community Services, Leeds Older People’s Forum and Care and Repair and Leeds Beckett University.

Homeshare will carefully match an older Householder with a room to spare with a younger person, who will provide an agreed amount of support to the Householder and receive affordable accommodation.

The Homesharer helps with daily living tasks such as; cleaning, shopping, gardening, overnight security and companionship.  There is no personal care involved.

Homesharing is a simple concept with numerous benefits.

For the older Householder:

  • Support with everyday tasks enabling them to stay independent in their own homes for longer.
  • Companionship and new relationships helping to combat loneliness and social isolation.
  • Peace of mind knowing someone is in the home at night.

For the younger Housesharer:

  • Affordable housing at a time of record housing shortages and rocketing rents.
  • Companionship and new relationships in a comfortable family home.
  • Homeshare is a great life experience and addition to a CV.

Homeshare is a safe and supported arrangement.

Part of Shared Lives in Adult Social Care the Homeshare scheme carefully assesses applications. We take references, conduct enhanced DBS checks and have a thorough assessment and matching process to ensure risk and safeguarding issues are well managed.

To find out more about Homeshare call on 0113 3785410, or email:

Coronavirus (Covid 19) Statement

Due to the exceptional circumstances due to the ongoing Coronavirus (also known as Covid 19) and the Government rules about self-isolating it is very important to reduce the risk of cross infection to all our Clients and staff teams. Our teams are working hard to support all our clients and are committed to keeping everyone as safe as possible.

This means that, in most circumstances, and in line with government information regarding self-isolation and staying at home there should be no visitors to any of our services.

We know, however, that this will be very distressing for some of our Clients.

Therefore, we are saying there must be no visitors to services unless there are exceptional circumstances and the visit is essential.

Before a visit can take place, this must be risk assessed by the manager considering government advice and the individual circumstances. Before setting off on any visit to your relative/friend please get in contact with St Anne’s staff to discuss your visit.

Our services are using all kinds of technology, including social media to make sure that the people we support can stay in touch with those important to them

St Anne’s has developed a visitors protocol to enable visits to begin again in North Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, Durham, Middlesbrough and Leeds care homes.

In line with Government & local Council Guidelines each Client may have one family member or other person who is close to them visit on a regular basis.

Decisions where visitors can go are being based on Individual Local Authority advice following Government guidelines.

This message will be updated regularly