A Shared Lives carer is someone who opens up their home and family life to include an adult with support needs. Shared Lives carers come from all walks of life and don’t need qualifications or experience, just the right attitude and a willingness to truly share their lives with another person. Shared Lives carers are carefully selected and trained by a regulated Shared Lives scheme. They are paid a fixed amount, rather than an hourly rate and have access to preferential tax arrangements.
Shared Lives Plus is the membership organisation for Shared Lives carers and also Shared Lives schemes and Homeshare schemes. Our members want to know what we are doing and why. They also want to feel that we listen to them and act on their concerns.
The Shared Lives carer support team provide our Shared Lives carer members with resources, training, information, advice and one-to-one support.
They help to make sure that the voices of our Shared Lives carer members feed into and influence everything we do.
By listening to our members we get to know what is working and not working at a local level. Communication between members is vital and we support our Shared Lives carer members to talk to, support and learn from each other. By listening to the collective voices of our members we enable them to; shape the direction of our work, to influence national and local decision makers and develop a more personalised social care system.
I would like to become a member
If you would like to join Shared Lives Plus as a Shared Lives carer member, click here for an application form