Adult Social Care - Shared Lives


You could be a Shared Lives carer if you have:

  • A home that you own or rent.

  • A spare room.

  • The support of your household.

We welcome new carers from lots of different backgrounds and different family circumstances. You may have a partner and a family or you may be single. Relevant care work experience is valuable, but not essential. We also welcome applicants with enthusiasm and informal experience as full training and support are provided. You could work from home and make a real difference to people’s lives.

Providing support

Shared Lives carers will use their knowledge and skills to provide support to the person, helping them to live the life they choose; giving them choice and control. It will help to develop their confidence, skills and independence through different experiences, whilst being part of family life and joining in family activities.

Shared Lives carers do not employ staff to provide care to the people placed with them, but may get additional support from the Shared Lives schemes if required.

Becoming a carer

The recruitment and approval process for Shared Lives carers is thorough and does not just look at the individual applicant(s) but at the whole family and its place in the local community. Arrangements are subject to a careful matching process and placement agreements which ensure that the individual has maximum choice and control. This is probably the most important factor in achieving a successful placement.

To become a Shared Lives carer please complete an application form by clicking here  to download the form (PDF, 7 pages, 185 KB). Once the form has been completed please send it back to us using the contact details found in the 'contact' tab above. When the form has been received, the application will then be assessed by the Shared Lives Team who will be in contact within 3 weeks.