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Welcome to Shared Lives

Shared Lives is a care and support service which is for people aged 17+ who want to live independently in their community, with the support of a Shared Lives Carer. It is a bespoke service which is an alternative to supported living or residential care.

Shared Lives care is based on shared interests, lifestyles and sense of humour. It’s a bit like fostering – for adults. It involves supporting someone to live an ordinary life and can often mean it doesn’t really feel like a ‘job’ for you!

The needs of people in the service can differ and can include:

  • People with dementia
  • Mental health difficulties
  • Older people
  • Learning disability
  • Physical disability

It’s a rewarding choice as whilst you’ll be making a difference to someone else’s life as a Shared Lives Carer, it will also bring so much to your life too.

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​Interested in Shared Lives? Let us know and we'll phone you to talk it through.

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What do Shared Lives Carers do?

You will be helping to provide support so they can live a fuller and happier life. Plus, as people are matched based on personalities and interests, you could be paid for doing more of what you enjoy, just with company.

The level of support provided by a Shared Lives Carer can vary from providing a sense of belonging, emotional and physical support and to help with day-to-day living. This could involve helping someone grow or maintain their confidence, make new friends, or learn new skills – it’s a way for them to flourish as a person.

It’s the ultimate career as it is flexible around your lifestyle, it can be done from the comfort of your own home, and is so fulfilling. Hear from some of our carers here.

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​Could you be a Shared Lives Carer?

We urgently need more carers across the district. So, whether you have experience of caring or not, we are interested in caring people and would love to hear from you. We offer generous pay, career flexibility, support and training.

Make the next step

To find out more download our information pack, or contact the team for a chat on 01977 722254.


You can also fill out our enquiry form and we’ll call you at a time convenient for you.

For details of our transparency notice click here.