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Shared Lives is a care and support service which is for people aged 16+ who want to live independently in their community, with the support of a family and community network. It’s an alternative to supported living or residential care.

Over 10,000 Shared Lives carers use their own home and family life to share it with someone who needs support around the UK. Working at home, you can earn between £350 – £650 a week with tax relief, training, regular breaks and a UK support network. And you get to see the amazing difference in someone’s life – it’s the ultimate lockdown job!

Shared Lives care is based on shared interests, lifestyles and sense of humour. It’s a bit like fostering – for adults. It feels like an ordinary life for someone who needs support – and doesn’t feel like a ‘job’ for you!

Apply today and help us build kinder, stronger communities.


Apply to be a Shared Lives carer today

Rewards - pay, flexibility, tax breaks

Types of caring - who would I support?

What Shared Lives carers say

How it works

Frequently asked questions

Choosing your Shared Lives service

Find your local Shared Lives service

Mission, values and culture

How do I become a self-employed carer?

A day in the life of a Shared Lives carer

Tax & mortgages for self-employed carers