The Esk Valley Camphill Community’s partnership approach to social care
Changing lives in a family environment
Many of the households which are part of the Esk Valley Camphill Community provide Shared Lives services in a pioneering partnership with the Avalon Group.
In Shared Lives an adult who needs support and accommodation moves in with an approved Shared Lives carer, after they have been matched for compatibility. Together they share family and community life. Nationally there are approximately 12,000 people using Shared Lives with 8,000 carers. Shared Lives carers can also provide respite care facilities.
Shared Lives has rigorous training, approval and matching processes and is regulated under the Health and Social Care Act 2008. Each Shared Lives scheme is managed by a social care provider which is subject to inspections by the Care Quality Commission.
The Esk Valley Camphill scheme is managed by the Avalon Group which is the approved Shared Lives provider for North Yorkshire County Council; Avalon additionally support carers in four other local authority areas in Yorkshire and Humber. Shared Lives Carers are self-employed.