Become a Shared Lives carer

Shared Lives is a little bit like fostering, but with the big difference that it’s for people over the age of 16 (over 18 in Wales) who want to live as independently as possible.

Shared Lives carers provide people with the practical and emotional support they need to live life the way they want to.

As a Shared Lives carer, it’s your job to support people to meet their goals, in whatever ways they need you to. You can either support someone while they live in your house with you and your family, or you can support someone during the day only.

Shared Lives carers with PSS are self-employed, but you’ll have a dedicated team at PSS who will be there to support you and guide you through the whole process and beyond.

Being self-employed has loads of benefits: you can be your own boss,  work hours you choose, pick who you support and get some tax relief, too.

If you’ve never been self-employed before, it can seem a little daunting at first. But don’t worry and don’t let it put you off – we’ll be with you every step of the way and we’ll give you as much information as you need.

You might be supporting someone to:

  • Do practical things in everyday life like washing, going to the loo or eating

  • Look after their finances

  • Look after their baby

  • Get involved in their community

  • Make new friends

  • Travel the world

  • Manage anxiety

  • Get into education

  • Learn how to bake

  • Get their dream job

  • Start a new life addiction-free

  • Go out on their own for the first time

The possibilities are as unique as each of the people we support.

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