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Insights Series: The Shared Lives Incubator

This report looks at the successes and challenges of the Shared Lives Incubator – a social investment fund set up by Social Finance in 2015 to enable more access to Shared Lives care in England.

The experience of the Shared Lives Incubator pilot is that the growth of person-centred models of adult social care can make an incredibly important contribution to the wellbeing and independence of vulnerable people, but is significantly harder to achieve than anticipated.

This report highlights some of the lessons and insights from the Incubator pilot. The significant social benefits of Shared Lives are well documented (see sharedlivesplus.org.uk), so our report focuses on the more technical elements of scheme growth and investment.