Interested in becoming a Shared Lives Provider?

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Would you like to work from home? Are you looking for a career change?

Shared Lives Providers are self-employed and receive a fee, dependent on the level of care and support they are giving to an individual.

They provide support to people with learning disabilities, mental health needs, young adults with support needs or people with an acquired brain injury.

If you have a spare room and a passion for enabling people to live a fulfilling life, develop new skills and enjoy the community they live in, Shared Lives may be for you.

Don't worry if you don't own your own home you can still become a Shared Lives provider you would just need let you landlaord know and make sure it is part of your tennancy agreement.

Shared lives picking tomatoesAll homes are different and as part of the assessment, a member of the Shared Lives team will visit your home to ensure its suitability. The most important thing for us is to offer a safe and friendly environment for a person to live life to the full. A Shared Lives household can support up to 3 people at any one time.

Previous care experience is preferred but not essential as you will be given all the training and support you need for this rewarding role. All you need to do is bring your life experience, a caring nature, enthusiasm and have the desire to make a difference.

Long term care where the person lives with you and your family

A provider receives a fee of between £275 to ;£500 per week, plus payment towards room costs, food and utilities which is usually between £130 to ;£140 per week. This gives a total payment of between £405 and £640 per week.

Short term respite care weekends, overnight stays, or a holiday break for another provider

A provider would receive £72.20 per night or £505.40 per week.

If you want to know more, please give us a call on 01905 765622, or email us at


The role of the Shared Lives Team

The Shared Lives team main aim is to recruit new providers, and to monitor and support placements. The Shared Lives service is registered with and regulated by CQC.

I started the process in February 2020 just before COVID-19 restrictions started and this has been the only hindrance. From my initial meeting through to my application and panel meeting the process has been smooth. I received information when it was promised and I received phone calls when they had been planned. Due to COVID-19 restrictions some of the training was completed online and even this went without any problems or hitches. I have been very well supported by Kate through the whole process to the point she knows my telephone number off by heart!  I have been able to ask any questions about anything to do with Shared Lives. Well the process has been longer due to COVID-19, I am very pleased to say that I have my first permanent placement starting this week.
I would absolutely recommend Shared Lives to anyone wishing to start this new way of life.
Tracey Addis March 2021