Shared Lives

Becoming a carer

Shared Lives carers offer support and care in their own homes to people who need help to live independently. Anyone can be a carer providing they live in the borough and have the time and space to welcome someone into their home to live as part of their family.

What is involved?

You will be providing a service in your own home to someone who needs support to live independently. The sort of support you provide may include helping the person to:

  • Look after themselves
  • Keep healthy and active
  • Learn new skills
  • Meet people
  • Enjoy hobbies and activities
  • Manage their money
  • Share jobs like cooking, cleaning or gardening

You will receive between £300 and £510 a week. Day support carers will be financially rewarded for the time spent caring. The government gives very generous tax breaks for all Shared Lives carers.

Once approved, carers will have a named officer who visits every 8-10 weeks, and will also have access to support groups and ongoing training.

Apply to become a carer 

If you are interested in becoming a carer for the scheme please complete the application form and return to us.