Becoming a Shared Lives carer

Some adults in Sheffield need extra support to live well, and we provide trained carers for them. Carers meet the specific needs of the adults they support in different ways.

After the assessment process, we’ll match you with someone and you’ll get to know each other before the support is agreed.

You’ll be paid a fixed amount, on a self-employed basis and benefit from preferential tax arrangements to share your life with one of Sheffield’s adults who need extra support to live well.

Who you'll be supporting

Those who could use extra support may:

  • have a learning, physical or sensory disability
  • have mental health needs
  • be struggling to cope
  • want support with daily living skills
  • require support to access the community

Types of support

The types of support provided include:

  • short notice respite – support for a limited amount of time at short notice, day or night
  • short break placements – support for a longer, planned period of time to give the usual carers a break
  • long term placements – support on a long term basis, with the person being supported becoming part of the household and family

What we ask you to provide

  • a safe, stable and supported environment
  • a home that complies with health and safety requirements and is in good condition
  • at least one spare bedroom (for long-term placement, short break or emergency care)
  • time and commitment to developing a long-term caring relationship
  • support with everyday activities like making meals, shopping, taking part in hobbies, holidays, work and studies

As a carer, we may ask you to help with:

  • accompanying people to appointments
  • transporting people to and from leisure activities, work or college
  • holidays, outings and entertainment
  • speaking up on the person's behalf (if they struggle to do so themselves)
  • helping to manage finances and medication


Contact us for information about payments and placement fees.

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