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Register to become a Shared Lives carer

Over 10,000 Shared Lives carers share their home and family life with someone who needs support around the UK. Shared Lives carers are self-employed, work from home, receive payment for every placement and can qualify for tax relief on earnings. They can benefit from training, regular breaks and a UK support network. And they get to see the amazing difference in someone’s life – it’s the ultimate work from home role!

A day in the life of a Shared Lives carer is hardly ever the same and that is what makes it so wonderful. Fulfilling, challenging, flexible and knowing that you are making a real difference to someone’s life. 

Being a Shared Lives carer is unique. It’s about opening up your home to support anyone aged 16 or above to live a full life regardless of the support they need in a family and community of their choosing. It’s also about having a flexible job and working for yourself to create a better life balance.

What are the benefits of being a Shared Lives carer?

There are many! First of all, there is the flexibility and freedom of working from home, as well as flexible working hours. You can also choose to care for people on a long-term basis, for short breaks or day support.

What qualifications do I need?

You do not need any formal qualifications to be a Shared Lives carer. Shared Lives will provide you with all the appropriate information & training and of course, you may have your own experience from other forms of care to draw on. However previous experience is not essential – you just need a kind heart and a spare room!

Step-by-step journey to Shared Lives

The Shared Lives Team will support you step by step through your assessment and approval journey to become a shared lives carer and beyond. Once you have been fully approved, a detailed matching process will ensure you and the person you care for are well matched, both in terms of the type of care you are able to provide (short or long term) and also interests, lifestyle likes and dislikes, etc.

Our Shared Lives carer, Sue Munts, shares her experience. Watch this video to find out what she likes about Shared Lives.

How to apply

You can register your interest in becoming a Shared Lives carer. We will contact you to discuss the next steps.

Register interest to become a Shared Lives carer

Next steps

As part of your application, you will need to:

  • provide two professional and two personal references
  • complete an assessment
  • complete statutory checks, including an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check