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Could you be a Shared Lives carer?

Sharing life can bring you laughter, love and a new paid opportunity in your own home.

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Become part of a community of Shared Lives carers

A Shared Lives carer shares their home and family life with a young person or adult who needs support to live everyday life.

  • Could you offer support for one or two days a week, or overnight stays to offer respite for family carers?
  • Or do you have room in your heart and home for someone to move in with you for a few weeks, months or many years?

Shared Lives carers give a helping hand to someone getting dressed, getting to doctors’ appointments, making friends, cooking together or voting for favourite dancers on TV!

People visiting or moving in with Shared Lives carers may have been in foster care, have learning or physical disabilities, may be an older person with a frailty or dementia, or have mental ill health.

If you’re caring natured, have previously cared for people or you’re looking for a new paid opportunity at home, apply now to start a fresh journey that’ll enrich your life like never before! If you’re new to caring roles, try this quiz and see if you’d suit it

You don’t need any qualifications. Your local scheme will support you every step of the way – and there’s loads of back up when you need it from us.

“I needed a flexible role, that could work round my other job and family”

- Carleen, Shared lives carer

Start your Shared Lives journey today!

The first step is to get in touch with your nearest Shared Lives scheme.

Then, find out more about your journey to approval

What do I need to do it?

  • Your enthusiasm, motivation and commitment are more important than any formal caring experience or qualifications.
  • Your local Shared Lives scheme will help match you with someone you enjoy being with, and support you every step of the way.
  • People living with a Shared Lives carer may also take part in other activities and support during the day that helps them live a fulfilling life.
  • You could start by supporting someone for a few hours a week, or an overnight break to find out if it’s for you and you’ll get to know the community of Shared Lives carers in your area!

It’s a paid, flexible role!

Your local scheme will also pay you a fee of between £350 and £450 per week (if someone moves in with you) which will in turn enable you to make a positive difference to someone’s life. If you offer day support, you’re paid for a block of time – usually four hours in a day.

As a Shared Lives carer, you are self-employed, so that you can receive tax benefits and get on with the job of living. Your scheme worker can help you set up and if you choose to join us as a member, we can support you with advice about the legal and tax arrangements – you’ll also receive many discounts and a whole community of Shared Lives carers if you join.

You’ll receive training, support, guidance and training to help you with your new role and keep you up to date with best practice.

You’ll have a dedicated scheme worker to talk through anything you’re not sure about and celebrate your successes.

Shared Lives is best for quality and safety!

Shared Lives is consistently rated the best quality and safest form of social care by the Care Quality Commission.

You’ll be joining the UK’s best kind of social care – something to be really proud of!

Talk to your local Shared Lives scheme

“I just wanted to do something which opened people’s horizons”

- Sharisse, Shared Lives carer