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Is caring for you?

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

  • 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 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!

Start my journey now

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

- Sharisse, Shared Lives carer

The first step on your journey is to get in touch with your local regulated Shared Lives scheme. If you can’t find their details, please use the form below.

Find out more about your journey to approval

Start your journey to become a Shared Lives carer