Being a Shared Lives carer is unique. It’s about opening up your home to to support anyone aged 16 or above to live independently in a family and community of their choosing. It’s also about having a flexible job and working for yourself to create a better life balance.
We think the future of social care should be more like this – person-centred and based on loving family relationships, rather than more traditional options such as care homes. We want to grow the UK network of more than 16,000 Shared Lives carers, so if you have care experience or are thinking of becoming a Shared Lives carer, read our 5 minute guide on how to start your Shared Lives journey…
There are many! First of all, there is the flexibility and freedom of working from home, as well as flexible working hours. You can also choose to care for people on a long-term basis, or for short breaks or day support (known as respite care).
Shared Lives carers are self-employed, earning between £350 and £650 per week. You can qualify for tax relief (via qualifying care relief) on your earnings, benefit from regular breaks and be part of our UK-wide support network.
You do not need any formal qualifications to be a Shared Lives carer. Some Shared Lives providers use the Care Certificate as a starting point for induction programmes etc, and of course you may have your own experience from other forms of care to draw on. However previous experience is not essential – you just need a kind heart and a spare room!
Once you have found your nearest Shared Lives service, here is what a typical journey to becoming a Shared Lives carer will look like:
Or you can get straight on with it and start your application today!
And don’t just take our word for it – to find out how Shared Lives can truly transform someone’s life, read Meg’s story on our YouTube channel, or hear from Shared Lives carer Mel, who took part in a recent Sky News documentary on the changing social care landscape:
Don’t forget the benefits of being a member of Shared Lives Plus, the UK network for Shared Lives carers, which include full public liability insurance, legal advice, regular newsletters and support from our dedicated team.