How do I become a Shared Lives carer?

Being a shared lives carer is an extremely rewarding career and we are always looking for new carers to join.

Shared lives carers offer support and care in their own homes to people who need help to live independently. This may include supporting the person to:

  • look after themselves
  • keep healthy and active
  • learn new skills
  • meet people
  • enjoy hobbies and activities
  • manage their money
  • share simple tasks like cooking, cleaning and gardening.

How to apply

All of our shared lives carers are supported through an assessment process that can take around three months to complete. The process includes:

  • completing an application form
  • vetting checks and references as well as DBS (criminal records check) and health checks.

A large part of your assessment will be undertaken by home visits and you will then be presented to an independent approval panel. Don’t be put off by this, as our friendly team will be on hand throughout the process to help guide you through each step.

Next steps

If you are interested in becoming a shared lives carer, please fill in the short enquiry form and we will get back to you with an application form as soon as possible.