become a Shared Lives carer


    If you're interested in becoming a Shared Lives Carer we have opportunities

    in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Barking & Dagenham


    'It doesn’t feel like a job, it’s just part of what I do

    and who I am' – Mandy, Shared Lives carer


  • What is Shared Lives?

    Shared Lives is a community based service for adults with learning disabilities and other social care needs, such as, older people and people mental health needs. We currently have arrangements in Lambeth and Barking & Dagenham but we'd also be happy to receive carer applications from the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and the City of Westminster.


    It's delivered by Grace Eyre, a charity with over 100 years’ experience. The service enables people with learning disabilities and other social care needs to live life to the full in their community without having to live on their own, or in a care home. It gives people the opportunity to live in a family setting in their local community, offering individuals a unique alternative to the more traditional residential care.

    At Grace Eyre Shared Lives we recruit, assess and support our Shared Lives Carers to provide family based arrangements to adults with a range of disabilities and needs within the carer's home.

    What is a Shared Lives carer?

    A Shared Lives Carer is someone who opens up their home and family life to include an adult with support needs. Shared Lives Carers come from all walks of life and don’t need qualifications or experience, just the right attitude and a willingness to truly share their lives with another person.


    Shared Lives Carers are carefully selected and trained by a regulated Shared Lives scheme. They are paid a fixed amount per week and have access to preferential tax arrangements.

  • Get a feel for what Shared Lives is all about by watching our film clip

  • FAQ


    The arrangement can either be on a long term basis or as a respite (short term). Both service models will offer meaningful care and support to the individual enabling them to be an active participant within the carer’s family and their local community.


    We are looking to recruit and provide training to people to become Shared Lives Carers.

    Please fill in and submit an application form and someone from the scheme will contact you to have a discussion about your application and to explain a little more about the ethos Shared Lives of being a Carer with Grace Eyre. This will hopefully lead to a home visit being agreed and arranged to take the application to the next level.



    A visit will be arranged to your home. At this visit the assessment process will be explained and one of the Shared Lives team will ask to look around your property, ensuring that your home is suitable in terms of cleanliness, space appropriate accessibility.

    The bedroom will need to meet the following standards:
    • a reasonable sized room with adequate furniture in a good clean condition and in decorative order
    • adequate storage (wardrobes/drawers)

    Communal Space
    • Communal space should be spacious enough to enable the Service User to be able to engage with all the people that live in the property.
    If the potential Carer’s home meets these requirements, the recruitment process will move to the next stage known as Assessment.




    The Shared Lives Coordinator will arrange to visit you again to begin the assessment process. This will include discussing aspects of your application, such as your background, personality, lifestyle, health issues and locality. This is a detailed assessment, which will include separate discussions with other members of your household (including children).

    The number of visits will depend on how long it takes to acquire all necessary information. At any point during the assessment process your application may be declined or withdrawn.




    You do not need any formal skills or qualifications but will need to be able to devote time and energy to enable a person with a disability to develop to their full potential.

    You will be required to undergo training and all new carers from April 2015 must achieve the new Carers Certificate. The Care Certificate is an identified set of standards that health and social care workers adhere to in their daily working life.


    You will be invited to a series of training sessions before your application is fully approved. The training will cover areas that are relevant to becoming a carer such as communication skills, health issues and learning disabilities, moving and handling. The Care Certificate will enable you to gain all the required skills and you will be supported through the Grace Eyre Shared Lives Scheme to gain the certificate which is also transferable to some other social care roles.

    You are required to attend training as part of the assessment process. You will also be required to update your training on a regular basis and your Shared Lives Coordinator will support you with this.


    The Care Certificate gives everyone the confidence that workers have the same introductory skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and high quality care and support.



    Once all information relating to the assessment has been gathered, the Shared Lives Coordinator will complete an assessment report. This will then be submitted to an Approval Panel with a recommendation. The Approval Panel is responsible for the approval of prospective Shared Lives Carers. It will be a joint decision from the members of the panel as to whether you will be approved and you will be informed officially in writing of the panel’s decision.


    The Local Authority/Council makes payments to Grace Eyre for the service you provide. Payment is calculated by the Grace Eyre finance team with regard to the length of stay and support needs of the individual.

    Payments are made gross to the carer. It is the responsibility of the carer to notify HM Inspector of Taxes each year of the relevant tax return of the gross sum received (further information is available on the internet).

    HMRC have produced an e-learning package for Shared Lives Carers, to help you evaluate how much tax and national insurance you will be expected to pay on your earnings as a self-employed carer using 'qualifying care' tax relief.



    Shared Lives Carers are required to have insurances in place such as public liability insurance and home contents. The Shared Lives team can give you more details about this; you will also find some additional information on the Shared Lives plus web page: www.sharedlivesplus.org.uk



    All information and records kept regarding your application to be a carer will be treated as confidential and is subject to the Data Protection Act 1998.


    Other services offered by Grace Eyre:

    Grace Eyre: Active Lives

    Hove, East Sussex

    Active Lives provides a wide range of leisure, learning and skills development for people with learning disabilities. Our programme offers exciting activities for people with a broad range of support needs.

    Grace Eyre: Choices

    Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex

    Our fastest growing service Choices offers bespoke supported living and community support.​

    Grace Eyre Housing

    Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex

    A community interest company which trades with a social purpose.


    Grace Eyre Housing offers specialist housing solutions for people with learning disabilities and/or mental health needs.


    Shared Lives 

    Lambeth, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex

    Our Shared Lives carers provide services to people with learning disabilities in the carer's home.


    The scheme aims to match the personality, lifestyle, skills and knowledge of the Carer to meet the needs and preferences of the person with the learning disability. We want to provide support to the Carer and monitor the service to make sure both parties are happy and safe.


    Grace Eyre charity registration number 1020192

  • Download the carer application below!

    Please fill in and submit an application form and someone from the scheme will contact you about your application and explain a little more about being a carer with Grace Eyre.
    Click here for guidance notes to help you fill out the form, or if you have any queries call 07788 425816.
    Please return your postal applications to:

    3rd Floor, WeAre336,

    336 Brixton Road,

    London SW9 7AA


    or email them to:


  • Contact us

    If you have any queries or you'd like apply, please get in touch.