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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 work from home role!

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!


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To become a Shared Lives carer you will need to have a Shared Lives carer assessment. If your local scheme is using our recruitment and assessment website, you can start your Shared Lives carer assessment online. It takes just a few minutes to create an account and start adding your details.



If you can’t find your local scheme on the recruitment website, you can contact them directly, or fill in this form and we will put you in touch with your nearest Shared Lives service.


If you have already started your assessment, log in by clicking the button below. You might like to save that webpage so you can find it easily. You’ll get links in the emails we send too.

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“The assessment process was in depth, but it allowed us time to get to know what Shared Lives would really be like. It was really reassuring that our scheme co-ordinator got to know us so well. ”

- Sean, Shared Lives carer

Getting to know each other

When you’ve both agreed a day and time, your scheme co-ordinator will ring you and arrange to visit you and have a chat about what it’s like being a Shared Lives carer. They might also invite you to meet other Shared Lives carers.

The important stuff
You’ll talk about your experiences, relationships, and care-giving skills. They’ll also need some information about your family, lifestyle, and anything you do in the community. It’s not all one-way – you can find out more about them too and check they’re the right organisation for you.

Checks and references
They’ll need to know a bit more about you, so we’ll ask for references from your GP, mortgage lender/landlord, employer, and some close friends. This takes a few weeks, so they’ll keep you updated on how it’s going.

Meeting the panel (nearly there!)
You and your scheme worker will meet with the other carers and representatives on the Shared Lives panel. You’ll find out if you’ve been approved shortly after.

The matching process
Your scheme will regularly send you profiles of a wide range of people you might be interested in supporting. You’ll find out their likes, dislikes, needs, and what they’re looking for in a carer. It helps to be flexible, because you’re more likely to find a good match.

In the meantime
For insight, tips, and support, take a look at our network of carers, companions, supporters, doers, and excellent brew-makers online – 
Follow us on Facebook Twitter or Instagram and then if you are approved, become a member and join us!

If you have any questions, get in touch with your local Shared Lives scheme

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