Become a Shared Lives host

The most rewarding thing you'll ever do

Shared Lives hosts open their homes to support eligible 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 you
  • 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 more personalised service for users than traditional forms of care
    • consistent and continuous support, getting to know the person really well.

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Find out how Shared Lives can help you and your family

Register your interest

Find out more about becoming a host:

Events

Come along to one of our information evenings meet our friendly team, people using the service and have a chat with one of current hosts.

  • 6 February 2019, 7pm, Minster Village Hall, Corner of High Street & Church Street, Ramsgate, Kent, CT12 4BU

Book an appointment to have an informal chat with one of our team at our office in Ashford, To book contact us on 03000 41 24 00 or sharedlives@kent.gov.uk.

Read our stories

Read the stories from some of our host families and people who use the Shared Lives service and see how their life has changed for the better.