Become a carer for Shared Lives

Shared Lives recruits, trains and supports paid carers who provide placements for vulnerable adults within their own homes.

Shared Lives is always keen to attract good quality carers from within the local community as one of the following:

  • a long-term carer - providing a placement for somebody to live within your own home and as part of your family
  • a respite carer - providing a place to stay within your family home as a short break or holiday
  • a flexible support carer - providing respite for a couple of hours, or support for someone during the day.

You will be paid a placement fee for each service user. This is for the care and support you provide and, if offered, the room and board for the person placed.

Who can become a carer?

To become a carer you will need to have:

  • ideally some relevant experience in the care sector
  • the capacity to support a service user to live with you, or spend time with you, as part of your family
  • a spare room in your home which meets Shared Lives standards, if providing long-term or respite support
  • the time and ability to provide structured and rewarding activities for somebody with a disability.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in becoming a carer, please contact the Shared Lives team.

A placement officer will talk to you in more detail about the service and then arrange for an informal visit to your home.

At the end of this visit, if your property is suitable and both parties are happy to proceed, we will give you an application pack.

What happens next?

It is a lengthy and continuous process and can take any number of months to complete from the initial application.

After we receive your completed application pack back you will be allocated to two team members who will undertake your assessment. We will carry out vetting and reference checks and undertake a series of interviews to assess your suitability.

You will be required to carry out any training that is required in areas related to social care.

Following the completion of the assessment process, a report will be written by the assessing officers and applicants will be presented to the Shared Lives Independent Approval Panel.

New Shared Lives carers will be approved initially for a one year probationary period. In the first year you will be expected to complete the Care Award and any other mandatory training.

Read more about the full application process