Become a Shared Lives host

The most rewarding thing you'll ever do

Shared Lives hosts open their homes to support adults with learning and physical disabilities, mental health, autism or Asperger's, sensory impairment, older people or those living with dementia.

As a host, you can choose to offer different types of support:

  • long term - where someone would live with them
  • shortbreaks - where someone would stay for the odd night, weekend or week(s)
  • day support - one session up to 5 hours based at the host's home.

Being a host offers:

  • a flexible, interesting role with great work-life balance
  • opportunities to develop new skills, with support from our team
  • working from home on a self-employed basis,

Having experience in care work or through personal experience would be an advantage, but full training and ongoing support is provided.

Make a difference

Becoming a Shared Lives host means you could make a real difference to the people you support. It can provide people with:

  • an improved quality of life
    • new life experiences, whether it's birthdays and weddings or going on a holiday for the first time
    • a live in family environment, developing relationships that could last a lifetime
  • social inclusion
    • a family network, introducing them to an extensive group of people in the wider community
    • getting involved with their local community, many get jobs or develop a new social activity
  • support
    • a better service for users than traditional forms of care
    • consistent and continuous personalised care.