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More about Shared Lives

We’re so pleased that you are interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer. Here’s a bit more about the Shared Lives scheme, and what you can expect. If you have any questions, please just call or email us. Once you’ve registered your interest, and completed an application form, we’ll arrange to meet you to go through everything in more detail.

What do Shared Lives carers do?

Shared Lives works specifically with adults who have a learning or physical disability or mental health need, older people and people living with dementia who may be vulnerable. It provides them with the opportunity to become more independent and to learn new skills in a safe, supportive home environment.

As a Shared Lives carer, you share your home with an adult that has been matched with you. Depending on how much time you can commit this might be a long-term living arrangement, or a short-term break. You may also just provide occasional respite care, or you may spend one or two days a week with the person you are helping, rather than them living with you.

Do I need special skills?

Shared Lives carers are often people who have already had a caring role of some sort. You don’t need to have any paid caring experience, however, as long as you are enthusiastic about making a difference to someone’s life. We can give you all the training and support you need.

The adults we work with have completely different needs, which is why we carefully match those who need a home with those who are offering to care. You do need to be patient, positive and able to offer a stable environment to your new family member. It’s so important that they feel welcome, safe and secure.

Do Shared Lives carers get paid?

As a Shared Lives carer, you will be paid by us depending on the type of care you are offering. You will be self-employed, so you will need to register as self-employed and pay your tax and national insurance contributions yourself. There are special tax arrangements for Shared Lives carers known as qualifying care relief .This does not prevent you from working in other employment.

We offer a range of support to Shared Livescarers, and we can discuss all this with you when we know what sort of care and support you can provide. We come out to see you regularly to make sure that everything is going well for you and for the adult you are caring for.

What do I do next?

If you are interested in finding out more, just register with us today, and we’ll be in touch.

Can you say Yes to these statements?

  • I have at least one spare room in my house if I am planning to offer accommodation with support
  • I have got the sort of skills and experience that would be useful
  • I would be prepared to go through the assessment process in order to be approved
  • I am prepared to meet the ongoing requirements of the service
  • Everyone who lives in my house is supportive

If you can agree with all or most of these, then register with us today and we’ll contact you.



Get Involved

Want to become a Shared Lives carer?

We give you all the information, training and support you need to support someone who has particular needs in your home

If you have any questions, or want to find out more, just call or email the Shared Lives team and we’ll be happy to help.

Looking for a new home?

We can match you with a Shared Lives carer who has the right skills, time and home to give you the independence and support that you need.

If you have any questions, or want to find out more, just call or email the Shared Lives team and we’ll be happy to help.


Shared Lives in action Find out how Shared Lives works in practice by taking a look at some of our case studies. You’ll see how much people love living in their home environments, and how our Shared Lives carers give real support within a family home.

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