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Become a Shared Lives carer

Why become a Shared Lives carer?

  • Support someone who moves in with you and your family (no more commute!) or support someone during the day
  • Work from home, or the park, or the shops, or the bingo hall (wherever your shared life takes you)
  • Work for yourself, alongside your specialist team at PSS
  • Work hours that suit you, so you can still have lots of family time and work your usual job
  • Get loads of support from us, anytime
  • Change someone’s life
  • Put your life experiences to great use
  • Do something amazing for someone else
  • Get endless job satisfaction by watching someone grow
  • Earn a living just by being you – bringing your whole self to the role
  • Help give someone the family life they really want

Do I need caring experience to be a Shared Lives carer?

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been a carer before, we’ll train you up and help you to be the best you can be.

Of course, if you’ve had experience as a carer or you’ve worked in social care, you’ll be in a really good position already. We’ll still need you to do our training to become a PSS Shared Lives carer, even if you’ve been a carer before.

Who can be a Shared Lives carer?

Our Shared Lives carers might be self-employed but you’re still part of the big PSS team.

We’re looking for people who match our values.



You’re kind, caring and compassionate; someone who will put the person they support first.



You’re able to follow our processes, stay organised and keep records, committed to providing really high-quality customer service and keeping up-to-date with your training.



You’re non-judgemental, willing to try new things and able to be flexible to the needs of others.



You’re ready for a challenge, able to really go for your goals and help others reach theirs.


You’re honest, down-to-earth and don’t take yourself too seriously.

What do our Shared Lives carers think about being a carer?

Karen, Shared Lives #CarersWeek

Heather, Shared Lives #CarersWeek

Interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer? Let your local team call you for a quick chat

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