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‘With Shared Lives I’m a big part of where I live. My carer has supported me to work in my local park and café.’

Kerry Ann, park volunteer

How is PSS involved in Shared Lives?

PSS is a national social enterprise dedicated to helping people change their lives for the better. We’ve got a really long history. PSS is responsible for helping found charities like Age UK, Relate, Citizen’s Advice, Riverside and a whole load of others. In fact, PSS invented Shared Lives back in 1978, and it’s now become a model of care offered by loads of providers.

How does PSS provide Shared Lives?

PSS is paid by local authorities to provide the PSS Shared Lives service to people in the local area, and by the people we support who have a personal budget or want to self-fund their support.

We work with local authorities up and down England and in North Wales, and our service is growing all the time. Local authorities choose to work with us because we’re so experienced, we put the people we support first and – even if we do say so ourselves – we recruit the best Shared Lives carers in the West (and, for the record, the East, North and South).

Here’s how it works:

  • Local authorities pay us, as Shared Lives experts, to deliver a Shared Lives service in the local area
  • We recruit potential carers in that area that we know will do an amazing job
  • We train carers up to meet our standards
  • We work with local social work teams to match our carers with the people who need support
  • We pay our carers a fee agreed by the local authority we’re working with (the amount depends on where you live and the needs of the person you’re supporting)
  • We support both carers and the people we support while the Shared Lives arrangement is going on, making sure both have what they need
  • We provide ongoing training for carers to keep their skills up-to-date

Our dedicated Shared Lives team will be here to support you and cheer you on every step of the way with visits and phone calls, whenever you need us

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

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