As a carer you can join for as little as £60!
If you would like to join as a Shared Lives Scheme then do get in touch with us for further information on Pricing
To join as a Shared Lives carer, you must be currently approved to provide Shared Lives care by a registered Shared Lives (or Adult Placement) scheme in the UK.
Shared Lives carers make their home available as a resource and may provide Shared Lives support to up to three people at any one time (some Shared Lives schemes have a local limit of two people).
Unlike care homes, Shared Lives carers do not employ staff to provide care to the people who they support. You can join as an individual, or with your partner, if s/he is also a Shared Lives carer.
As a member, you can expect: - Use of the free Shared Lives carers’ confidential helpline where you can obtain information advice and support from a dedicated national Carers Development Worker.
- FREE legal expenses cover (up to a maximum of £25000) if you have an allegation made against you as a Shared Lives carer resulting in you being taken to court and/or your Scheme is seekingto de-approve you as a carer.
- Free access to a legal helpline which you can use for advice on any relevant legal issue.
- Public Liability Insurance at a preferential rate as well as access to other insurance provision developed to meet the needs of Shared Lives carers.
- Three Shared Lives carer newsletters a year via post, which keep you up to date.- The opportunity to meet or get in touch with other carers, including through meetings, telephone conferences, an email group and a message board.
- A members-only area of the website containing resources which are free to members
Access to a wide range of toolkits and resources at members-only prices.
- Access to our annual Shared Lives carers’ breaks and conference.
- A conference for your home nation and/or for the UK, with a limited number of places for Shared Lives carers at supported rates.
- An open invitation to attend national network meetings (and regional meetings in England).- At least one seat on the board of Shared Lives Plus for an elected Shared Lives carer.
- A voice with local, regional and national decision makers and a programme of awareness-raising about Shared Lives and the work of Shared Lives carers.
MacIntyre are looking for a Frontline Manager - Shared Lives - Central Bedfordshire
Full Time (38 hours a week)
Salary: £26,142 a year
MacIntyre is a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities and last year we were awarded a new contract to run the Shared Lives scheme in Central Bedfordshire. Could you be the lynchpin of this scheme as our new Shared Lives Manager?
Your first (big!) task will be to recruit 25 new families into the scheme as Shared Lives Carers. You’ll have two years to achieve this, using your skills and imagination to “sell” the scheme in a variety of ways.
You’ll lead the matching process between Carers and people being supported, who will all be adults with learning disabilities. You’ll monitor placements, developing close relationships with all concerned, as well as liaising with the local authority and other stakeholders.
You’ll have an understanding of the needs of vulnerable people, their families and carers. You’ll be a confident networker, with great communication skills. Ideally, you’ll have operational knowledge of social care support schemes.
Generous annual leave allowance of 33 days (including public holidays) rising with service
Workplace pension scheme
Employee Assistance scheme to support your health and wellbeing
MacIntyre Staff Savings Scheme
Closing date: Tuesday 18 December 2018
To apply for this position please visit: Charity Recruitment
“Hi, my name is Kim, and I live with my Shared Lives carer, Bill in Paisley, who is part of Cornerstone’s Shared Lives Service. I volunteer at the local Barnardo’s shop in nearby Linwood. The thing I like most about my job is meeting customers and helping them when they come into the shop.
“Bill is always a great support for me, as I can go to him when I need help with anything. Sometimes we go shopping together, and he always drops me off and picks me up when I go to get my hair done every few weeks. Bill and I also enjoy going on holiday together. Recently we went to Ireland and stayed in a lovely place called Letterkenny. We also went on a day trip to the Giant’s Causeway. I really want to go back to Ireland one day as we had so much fun there. However, I don’t have too long to wait till my next holiday, as I’m soon heading off to Brugge in Belgium for a few days with Bill’s daughter, Susan. I’m so excited, and can’t wait to go.
“My biggest hobby and favourite past time is going to music concerts. My favourite artist is country singer Kenny Chesney. He’s never been to Scotland before, so I keep hoping he will come one day so I can go see him in concert. I’m going to see the Osmond’s, Boyzone and Keith Urban over the next few months which will all be amazing. I love Boyzone, and my favourite song is ‘Love Me for a Reason’. Bill isn’t a fan of my music, so he just chauffeurs me to and from the gigs, which is a massive help to me. I’d be lost without Bill and his family, as they look after me in a way that makes me feel like a member of their own family.”
“You cannot believe the difference that it makes just hearing somebody in the house. Hearing movement upstairs and knowing that it's not someone breaking in or something like that. The best thing about it is somebody coming in at night, round about six o'clock.” Florence, Householder, London
In 2018, in partnership with the Department of Communities, Homeshare UK undertook a study to assess the feasibility of having an active Homeshare service in Northern Ireland.
The report concluded that Homeshare:
Read the executive summary with key findings
Mary was a retired nurse, adopted children and a coop-full of ex-battery hens.... but her house - and her heart - weren’t full up yet!
When Sinead left hospital, she was told her only option was residential care. At 26, she didn’t want to live in an institution with people who were so much older than her. That’s when Mary and Sinead met through their local Shared Lives scheme.
Mary is a Shared Lives carer and they now share home, family and community life. Mary says it makes for “A richer sort of life!” Sinead agrees, saying “I fought to stay here!”
You could change somebody’s life by becoming a Shared Lives carer too. You could:
It sounds ordinary, but you will be a paid professional carer, making a real difference in your own home. Shared Lives care performs best for quality and safety of all social care, inspected by the Care Quality Commission. Mary says “I would recommend anyone to be a Shared Lives carer!"
Want to change someone’s life by sharing yours? If you’re interested, let us know and we'll ask your local scheme to get in touch with you.
When Sinead wanted to move out of her parents’ home, the only option offered to her was a residential care home, but at 26 years old, she didn’t want to live with people who were so much older than her.
Mary used to be a learning disability nurse. She had already brought up a large family, adopted two boys, and a chicken coop full of ex-battery cage hens! Her home - and her heart - weren’t quite full up yet though. She had enough room to share and enjoy life with another person. That’s when Mary and Sinead met. The result was two ordinary people coming together to share an extraordinary life. That’s what Arabella Weir, actor of Fast Show and Two Doors Down fame, saw when she visited them to find out what Shared Lives care is about.
Sinead says, “I love it here, I fought to stay here. Ever since I met her, she’s lovely.”
Mary says, “I would recommend anyone to become a Shared Lives carer – and give people a richer life.”
Shared Lives carers open their homes and lives to someone who needs a little care and support to live life to the full.
It sounds ordinary, but Shared Lives care is the highest rated type of social care, inspected by the Care Quality Commission in England, with 96% of schemes rated good or outstanding, and top ratings by the Care Inspectorates in Wales and Scotland.
You could be helping with shopping, continuing rehab after an operation, providing a consistent relationship after a breakdown, or becoming the joint champions at your local bowling alley or pub quiz!
People can face a lot of closed doors in our health and social care system. Shared Lives carers open them. We offer training, but the main thing you need is a big enough heart and a zest for life. Through the highs and lows, Shared Lives carers are there to help people recover and enjoy life together.
If you think you could offer a warm, friendly home and your heart is big enough, talk to your local scheme to find out more.
Shared Lives Plus is a network of companions, supporters, doers, and excellent brew-makers.
We support our members: local Shared Lives schemes and Shared Lives carers, to get on with life in an ordinary home, by making sure national and local governments understand the amazing Shared Lives people can build and create the legal and financial system to make it easier. Find out about our latest wins for Shared Lives carers.
Join our membership to stay up to date with national practice, guidance and support.
We're pleased to share some great news for Shared Lives in Wales, where several Shared Lives carers had their brilliant work recognised, and scooped gold and silver prizes in the Wales Care Awards.
The Wales Care Awards are a celebration of excellence across the Wales care sector. The purpose of the awards is to congratulate those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field. The Awards are an annual event run by Care Forum Wales to showcase best practice across the care sector.
Awards were presented in three categories – gold, silver and bronze – and are an important part of raising the profile of care workers and educating the public about the vital work done by carers across Wales. There are twenty award categories available for nomination, which represent all areas of social care, whether it be older people or specialist services, residential or home care. Nominations were invited for those engaged on a full, part-time or voluntary basis across the social care sector in Wales.
We are delighted that Shared Lives carers from South East Wales and PSS Shared Lives, North Wales won two golds and two silver awards between them.
• Silver for Excelllence in Learning Disability and Mental Health Services was presented to Dei Williams from North Wales
• Elaine and Len Bastin were awarded Gold for Promoting Fulfilled Lives category
• The Peter Clarke Gold Award for Promoting Excellence in Services for Children and Young People was presented to Lynne and Jeffrey Gornicki
• Tim and Christine Masters were awarded the Silver for Excellence in Palliative and End of Life Care.
What a fantastic achievement for all of these winners and a wonderful reflection of the quality of care that is delivered by Shared Lives Carers across Wales. Thank you for putting Shared Lives firmly on the map!
We want to know about your experiences around the issue of self-funding people accessing Shared Lives. Please spare a few minutes to answer some questions - it will help us to expand the offer of Shared Lives to people who pay for their own care all around the UK.
Access to Shared Lives is usually through a referral from a social worker or health provider and comes with a financial assessment and an established pathway to pay for the service.
Under the enormous pressures of austerity, however, many older people are no longer meeting the assessment criteria for care and are having to fund their own care needs. People with a dementia diagnosis are often not offered a paid for service until the dementia is far advanced.
In recent years, as services have been reduced, many people have been forced to self-fund support to increase their quality of life. Family and informal carers may also choose to pay towards care and support for a loved one to supplement the informal support they provide or to provide respite.
Until recently it was difficult for Shared Lives to support self-funders due to tax laws, but in November 2017 a significant update to tax law was announced which ensures that Shared Lives carers can continue to claim tax relief when they support people who pay for their own care.
There is little understanding of how self-funders can access Shared Lives, particularly those schemes that are operated by local authorities. Shared Lives Plus are looking at how to open up Shared Lives to Self-funders and develop pathways for self-funders wishing to use Shared Lives. As a first step we are interested to find out more about how schemes are offering support to people who self-fund their care.
Definition of Self funder:
A self-funder is a person who pays the full cost of their care and support from their own financial resources.
People may self-fund their care and support because:
1) They have not approached public authorities and made their own arrangements for their care and support.
2) They have been assessed by the Local Authority and do not meet the threshold for publicly funded assistance.
3) They have been assessed by the Local Authority as being eligible forcare and support services but have savings or assets above the self-funding threshold set by the government currently, £23,250.
We are delighted to publish the Homeshare annual sector report. It is a comprehensive analysis of the national Homeshare sector, laying out the key success, challenges and priorities for Homeshare in the UK.
It reflects on the remarkable growth in public awareness of the Homeshare model after high profile media appearances and a video of Florence and Alexandra on BBC politics that has been viewed 25 million times.
The report calls for local areas to become ‘Homeshare friendly,’ and for national and local leadership to make Homeshare affordable for people on low incomes. We are also asking for Homeshare to be scaled up and developed in places where there is currently limited access to the scheme, particularly Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the North East and South East of England.
Please take the time to read the full report for full picture of Homeshare in the UK, depicted in statistics and stories of people whose lives have been transformed and enriched by sharing a home, exchanging practical help, knowledge and companionship.
If you’re on the go, you can read the executive summary for some key facts!
You can also read an the reports on the Homeshare UK website.
New ratings show that 96% Shared Lives carers and schemes were rated good or outstanding by care inspectors in England, smashing a Shared Lives best – improving on previous ratings of 92% - and still leading the social care sector for safety and quality.
Shared Lives care is driven by the leadership in the UK’s network of 150 schemes who match people with Shared Lives carers, approved to open their own homes, to support people through tough times and enjoy life together. National data shows that sharing everyday life has transformative outcomes for people often stuck in the health and care system, with clear benefits for people’s health, independence and confidence.
But today the CQC reflects our own warning of a postcode lottery for Shared Lives support as health and social care services struggle with the pressure of funding cuts. The CQC’s State of Care report says: “Some people can easily access good care, while others cannot access the services they need, experience ‘disjointed’ care, or only have access to providers with poor services.”
We continue to call on local leaders to invest in Shared Lives care, which adapts well to the needs of local populations. Our latest Shared Lives England report shows that as our ageing population grows and by 2020, three million of us are expected to have three or more long term conditions, there has been a 24% increase in the number of older people who are supported by a Shared Lives carer. If every scheme supported as many people as the best performing, an additional 21,000 people could enjoy being part of a Shared Lives family and community each year, potentially saving councils and health trusts over £500m.
Alex Fox, CEO Shared Lives Plus, the UK’s membership network, says “We are delighted that Shared Lives schemes are proven once again to exceed all other forms of social care – which people need at times when it really matters.
Councils and the NHS need to get serious about growing Shared Lives schemes and recruiting more people to the UK’s invaluable network of 10,000 Shared Lives carers. We recognise that not all areas benefit from strong and successful Shared Lives care and we offer our leading expertise to every local leader who wants to realise their ambitions to invest in this life-changing support.
Today we are celebrating our membership network’s successes of sharing their lives and homes with people for whom our health and social care services are working well – and continue to call on government to invest fairly across the UK to drive out regional health and social inequalities.”
“Social Tourism” is an initiative that seeks to support vulnerable or disadvantaged groups of people to be able to experience breaks away, new activities, and different cultures.
This week in Wales, we at Shared Lives Plus were excited to attend the launch of the Short Breaks and Social Tourism Practice and Research Network in Porthcawl. The Network was launched by Huw Irranca Davies, Minister for Children Older People and Social Care in Wales.
Hosted by the Wales School for Social Care Research and Linc Care, it was a full programme which included presentations from organisations who already provide various forms of social tourism across Wales. During the day we heard from a number of presenters, including STEER, MIRUS, Trinity and Carers Wales who shared the state of caring in Wales statistics with the network. (83% of carers had not had a week off in over a year, 70% suffered mental health)
Social Tourism has been shown to lead to increases in self-esteem, mental health, family relations, social engagement and participation in education and employment. Access to these benefits should be universal, and we were happy to contribute to discussions on a number of issues relating to rethinking social tourism and other forms of respite.
We were asked for responses to questions and key themes from this launch, which will be fed into the four nations knowledge exchange program. Watch this space!
"Health services need to trust in the good reputation Shared Lives has in social care and look at Shared Lives as a positive option for people. We recommend professionals to pick up the phone and talk to the Shared Lives scheme about any potential referrals; these conversations can prove really valuable."
We have been working with schemes all over the UK to explore and develop Shared Lives as a way of helping people who no longer need to be in hospital recover in a safe, comfortable and non-clinical environment. Shared Lives as intermediate care can be a great option for people who are ready to leave hospital, but not quite well enough to go home yet. It can also relieve pressure on our NHS by freeing up space in hospitals.
We are two years into this project, which began in 2016 with funding from The Dunhill Medical Trust and Department of Health Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development (IESD.) We are pleased to share an update on the progress of this work, which has shown that "Shared Lives can work well for people being discharged from hospital, especially where traditional services would be unsuitable."
NHS England have confirmed that free flu vaccinations are available in 2018/19 for Shared Lives carers who play important roles in social care, offering direct care to people using services.
Who is eligible?
Health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza. Vulnerable means those patients/clients in a clinical risk group for flu or who are aged 65 years and over.
NHS England have confirmed that this includes staff directly involved in the care of vulnerable people who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza who are working for registered:
• residential care homes;
• residential nursing homes;
• domiciliary care services;
• Shared Lives schemes;
• extra care housing services;
• supported living services.
Where and how can eligible staff get a free vaccination?
Staff can go to their own GP practice or any pharmacy. To prove that they are eligible they will need to take identification with them that shows their names and the name of their employing organisation. This could be an ID card or badge, a letter from their employer, or a recent payslip.
Further information and resources
For more information on the free flu vaccinations for social care staff read the full announcement letter.