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We are currently looking for Shared Lives carers - please contact the team for more information and to find out when our next events are.

Shared Lives is a unique service managed by Portsmouth City Council for adults who may need a bit of extra help because of a physical or learning disability or a mental health issue. Shared Lives is also extending to include people with more health needs

These adults stay in the homes of their Shared Lives carers for long stays, short stays or day support, and they share their hosts' family and community life.

Carers help to support Shared Lives users with a range of activities such as cooking, budgeting and laundry. They may also help them get involved in the local community - whether that's shopping, swimming, bowling or going to the theatre.

Shared Lives received an overall CQC rating of 'good' in February 2020. Find out more about our rating here

Are you looking for a unique and rewarding role?


Do you have a spare room and some spare time?


If so, you could become a Shared Lives carer.


It doesn’t matter whether you’re single, an older couple or have children - Shared Lives households come in all shapes and sizes. Some Shared Lives carers continue to work and some make Shared Lives their full time jobs. 


Do you have experience working in a health setting? This is not necessary, but we are interested in recruiting carers who have some experience in health care. 


A carer's availability influences who is matched with them and we will also take into account any children living at home. You don’t have to be a homeowner either, although tenants should ask their landlord's permission. You can receive between £290 and £400 a week for being a Shared Lives carer.


If you are interested in learning more then let us know by phone or email and we will get in touch with you to go through the process.

Shared Lives is registered with Care Quality Commission (CQC), and is available to any adult who has had an assessment completed by the council's adult social care or adult mental health services.


Shared Lives can offer you the opportunity to live in a family home where you will be made to feel part of the household. You will have your own bedroom and shared access to the rest of the home with other members of the family and up to two other service users.


You will be supported to keep relationships with your friends and family. They will be able to visit you at your new home or you can continue to visit them if you wish.


It is important that your new carers have information about you and know what you like and dislike, what you can do and what you need help with. A member of the Shared Lives team will help you write a support plan that tells your new carers all about you.


When you move in to your new home, a member of the Shared Lives team will visit you and your carers to find out how things are going. This will give you both a chance to talk about your feelings and whether you are happy or not.


Your carers will be able to help you with things that you need support with like going to the shops, the cinema, day services, or to work or college, washing and dressing, managing your money and preparing a meal.

If you have a spare room and could welcome a vulnerable adult to live as part of your family in a safe, homely environment then Shared Lives could be for you.


The council needs more Shared Lives carers and welcomes carers from differing cultural and ethnic backgrounds, with varied skills and experience. You get paid for being a Shared Lives carer - the amount varies depending on how much of your time is needed, but it can be between £290 and £400 a week.


Once you contact us and we go through the application with you, you will need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check and provide references. Then a member of the team will visit you and your family at your home, and you will be invited to both one-to-one and group training.

For more information or if you want to let us know you are interested in using the Shared Lives service or becoming a carer:




Phone: 02392 616700



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