Apply to become a shared lives carer

Shared Lives are always looking for new shared lives carers so if you have spare room in your home and in your heart then please read on.

What is a shared lives carer?

Shared Lives Carers are professional carers who open their homes to support adults with learning difficulties, learning disabilities, mental health conditions, physical disabilities or dementia. Shared Lives Carers provide long term or replacement care, support and accommodation to individuals who choose to live with them.

As a Shared Lives Carer you could make a real difference to an individual with care and support needs by helping them to live their lives as independently as possible and support with new life experiences and social inclusion.

Benefits of becoming a shared lives carer

Being a Shared Lives Carer is a rewarding role which provides a person centred approach to supporting an individual with care and support needs. In addition some of the benefits are:

  • flexibility in relation to work-life balance
  • being self-employed
  • ongoing support and training to ensure that you develop
  • being paid for the care and support you provide

How to become a shared lives carer?

Worcestershire shared lives scheme is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and funded by Worcestershire County Council therefore shared lives carers are carefully selected and trained to the authority's standards. Worcestershire County council employ shared lives workers who will support and monitor each placement within the scheme.

In order to become a shared lives carer, you don't have to have qualifications nor experience in care work as full training and ongoing support is provided.

For further information about the shared lives scheme please download the shared lives scheme booklet.

You can also see what it is like to live in a Shared Lives placement by looking at the following YouTube videos:


If you are interested in becoming a shared lives care you can contact the team by email at or talk to one of the Team on 01905 765622, choose option 3.

About Care Quality Commission (CQC)

We had a CQC inspection in spring 2017 and gained a "Good" rating. View our latest inspection ratings in more detail at Care Quality Commission – Shared Lives (opens in new window).