Housing and care home options
Shared lives scheme
The Shared Lives Scheme offers people who need help to live independently the chance to stay in a carer’s home with them, and live a normal family life.
Carers can help adults that live in the borough who are older, have learning disabilities or mental health needs, or are young people moving into adult services, 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
Available options are long or short-term care, short breaks (one-off or regular), and flexible support like going on activities or trips together.
How much does it cost?
There is a charge to use the scheme – how much you pay will depend on your financial situation.
Thinking of becoming a Shared Lives carer?
Anyone can become a carer, providing you live in the borough and have the time and space to welcome someone into your home as part of your family.
You should have a caring and understanding nature but you don’t need any care experience or qualifications, as you'll be given a thorough assessment, full training and ongoing support.
What will it involve?
You’ll be providing a service in your own home to someone who needs support to live independently. You could be helping them look after themselves, learn new skills or enjoy their hobbies, and assist with household jobs.
You'll be matched you carefully with the best person in terms of your needs and preferences, and theirs.
As you’ll be caring for a vulnerable adult, police checks and references will be taken.
You’ll get around £380 a week for being a carer.
What our carers say
"Joining the scheme has been very easy – it’s well organised and well implemented." Sanjay
"We’ve met other carers through the courses and that’s been very good." Radha
"The courses we’ve attended have been very good. My approach and understanding has changed 100 per cent since I had the training." Raj
Contact Your Healthcare to find out more.