Becoming a Shared Lives Carer

Who can become a Shared Lives carer?

Shared Lives carers in the Bradford District can provide short breaks/respite or full time care and support.

They must have a bedroom which the person using the service can use, and be willing to share their home and family life with the people who come to stay. Some are single and some are in a couple. Some have children or grandchildren and some have none. Some have pets.

We are looking for a wide range of people with the right skills and attitudes to join us.

Is there a recruitment process?

Shared Lives Carers have to be approved by a member of the Shared Lives team. This will mean someone comes out to see you and talk to you about your skills and your motivation. This assessment process can take several months.

We also have to ensure we have undertaken a check with the Criminal Records Bureau.

What sort of support do Shared Lives carers receive?

Shared Lives carers have a named worker from the team, who will visit regularly, carry out an annual review and ensure that the right information and training is provided.

They can also receive support from the national association, Shared Lives Plus which they can choose to join if they wish.

Do Shared Lives carers have a choice about who they have to stay?

Yes, they do. We send out brief information about possible matches to the Shared Lives carers and then arrange an introductory visit.

The Shared Lives carer does not have to say yes to someone we suggest. We think it is important that people enjoy what they will be doing.

Are Shared Lives carers paid by the Council?

Shared Lives carers are paid a sessional fee of around £50 per night.

Shared Lives carers are all self employed and have to register for tax and National insurance purposes with HMRC. 

Shared Lives carers are not employed by the Council

What sort of people is the Shared Lives Scheme looking for?

We are particularly looking for people who can work with:

  • people who are older
  • people who have dementia
  • people with a learning disability
  • people who need adapted properties
  • people who are looking to learn skills to become more independent.

If you would like to know more please email or telephone 01274 432211.

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