Our Services

Shared Lives

This service offers a flexible form of accommodation and support in a homely setting for adults with learning disabilities. It can be a transition for someone getting their own place, offer short breaks or provide longer-term arrangements.

All Shared Lives carers — individuals or families in the local community — go through a rigorous training, approval and matching process. And the service is regulated by CQC.

At this Service:

Long-term accommodation and support.

Short breaks.

Daytime support.

Stepping stone/transition for people wanting to get their own place.

Contact Details

Civic Centre
Victoria Avenue

Registered Manager: Jennie Andrews
Telephone: 01702 534282
Email: jennieandrews@southendcare.co.uk

Case Study


Damon has been with his carers, Edna and Tom, since he was eight months old. Initially as a foster placement but he transitioned into Shared Lives when he turned 18.

He has grown in confidence and become more independent, learning to manage his own money and develop his independence skills. Damon can now travel to socialise with his friends and is studying Health and Social Care at mainstream college. He is very proud of his achievements.

In the future, Damon would like to have a job supporting other people with learning disabilities. He currently works on a voluntary basis as a Learning Support Assistant at a local special needs school.

Shared Lives

The team

Jennie Andrews

Jennie Andrews

CQC Registered Manager

Jennie has been part of the Shared Lives service since it began in 2005 and was involved in developing and establishing the scheme. She has worked in learning disability services for over 24 years and lives in the Southend area.

“it’s more than a job it’s a way of life”

Shared Lives Carer

“I love my job and get so much out of the time I spend with people”

Shared Lives Carer

“The Southend Shared Lives Service is a fundamental part of the support available in Southend for adults with LD to access for respite, long term placements and day support. It’s an ever-growing service, attracting a wide variety of new carers”

Social Worker

“it’s as cosy as toastie”

Shared Lives Service User