Becoming a Shared Lives carer
Could I be a Shared Lives carer?
If you are you interested in working at home to help people to have more independence, choice and control over their lives, we want to hear from you. Becoming a Shared Lives carer could be for you if you are:
- willing to give someone the support and care they need and
- willing to include that person in your everyday life.
How many people can I support?
You can support up to three people at any one time, but you cannot employ any staff.
What support would I be expected to provide?
As a Shared Lives carer you would be expected to offer both accommodation and support to someone and share your home with them. The support you provide may include:
- personal care, like washing and dressing
- emotional support
- helping the person you are caring for manage their money
- helping them take their medication
- helping them with cooking and cleaning and
- encouraging them to be independent.
How will I know we are right for each other?
Matching you to the right person or people is the key to a successful shared lives relationship. Everyone is different, so we will talk to you to find out the things that are important to you and the people living in your home. We will try and find people to suit you and your lifestyle.
We will arrange for you to spend some time together with the person before they move into your home.
What experience and qualifications do I need?
You must have experience of caring for adults. This could be through paid or voluntary work, or through caring for a relative. You may already be fostering a child with a disability. You do not need formal qualifications, but as part of the process to become a carer you will have to:
- go through training courses
- have a CRB check (a check by the Criminal Records Bureau) and
- have your home checked for health and safety.
To be a Shared Lives carer you also need to be approved by any registered Shared Lives service in England.
What are the rewards?
As a Shared Lives carer you will:
- be self-employed and will work from home
- have a regular income while someone is staying with you
- not be taxed for most of your income
- have three weeks’ paid holiday a year
- get continuous support and guidance from us and
- have regular training, newsletters and support meetings with other Shared Lives carers.
How is the service regulated?
How do I apply?
If you would like to become a Shared Lives carer, please fill in the application form at the end of this page (under the heading Leaflets and forms).
You can type into the form and email it to us at email@example.com. Or you can print a copy and write your answers in pen, and post it to us at the address on the back page of the form.
If you would like to talk to us before filling in the form, please contact us by email or phone at the address below.
What happens next?
When you contact us, we will answer any questions you have and give you any information you need.
More information and contact details
If you would like more information about becoming a Shared Lives carer, please contact us.
Birmingham Shared Lives Service
Southside Business Centre
249 Ladypool Road
Phone: 0121 464 3164
Shared Lives Plus
A national charity that represents people who provide small, individual, community-based services such as Shared Lives.