Do you have what it takes to be a Shared Lives Carer? Are you looking for a change in career or a more flexible way to earn money during the current pandemic? Shared Lives Carers are ordinary people from all different walks of life but they have one thing in common – they open up their homes to help others to provide either a short or long-term living arrangement to people with a care or support need.
What is Shared Lives?
As a starting point, Shared Lives is sometimes described as being similar to ‘foster care for adults with additional or complex needs’, but it is so much more than that. Our carers offer personalised support in their own homes in a family environment, to develop the person’s practical, emotional and social skills.
Our carers come from all backgrounds and walks of life. Some have previous care experience, whereas others don’t. Some are ‘empty-nesters’ who have found themselves with a spare room after children have left home, others are looking for a role which suits them and their lifestyle. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t done anything like this before.
Our carers are self-employed and receive full training and support from our experienced team. We also work very carefully to match you to the person or people you will be supporting.
‘We wanted a career that would fit around our commitments and a way we could give back to others with the comfort of being in our own home.’ Samantha and Adam, Shared Lives carers.
Types of support
When someone comes to stay with the Shared Lives carer on either a Live In or Short Break (respite) basis, we call this an ‘Arrangement’. A carer can support a maximum of three people in their household at any one time.
Shared Lives carers can also offer Day Support, which acts as a steppingstone for people who may wish to develop the skills to lead more independent lives.
‘It’s just where I want to be. My carers always think of me, and Gavin makes a great curry!’ Michelle, supported by Shared Lives.
Request a callback
If you’d like one of our Shared Lives team members to give you a callback, simply fill out a few details on the form below and we will be in touch. If you’d rather contact us directly, scroll down for our local information.
Three local Shared Lives schemes, Camphill Village Trust based in Dudley Borough, Birmingham City and Walsall Council, have come together under a national pilot project aiming to recruit households across the Birmingham and Black Country region to become Shared Lives carers.
You can contact either of the three schemes on:
- For the Black Country, South Staffordshire (below A454), Kidderminster and all surrounding areas. Tel: 01384 441505
- For Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Solihull and all surrounding areas. Tel: 07592 586475 or 07592 586485
- For Walsall and all surrounding areas. Tel: 01922 652497