East Sussex Shared Lives scheme


Shared Lives offers a rewarding opportunity: a paid role in your home, providing accommodation and support for someone who would find it hard to live on their own.

You don’t need qualifications; a caring and supportive nature can make a real difference to someone’s life. Options can include short breaks and day-time respite, as well as long-term accommodation.

What does being a Shared Lives carer mean?

In Shared Lives, the goal is an ‘ordinary family life’ – for everyone.

As a carer, you would offer a room in your home and a welcome into your family. You would help someone to live a full and enjoyable life, share activities and experiences and feel part of their local community.

They would have their own room and the choice of sharing mealtimes and other facilities with others living in your home. Support may include:

  • social activities
  • supporting to increase their independence
  • personal care
  • help with medication

Being a Shared Lives carer is different to having lodgers or renting out a room. You would be self-employed, but we provide ongoing training and support. The scheme is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Who would I be helping?

Someone who may find it hard to live on their own, in everyday life. This could be someone with learning or physical disabilities, mental health problems or someone elderly or frail.

For each placement, a support plan looks at the needs and wishes of the person being cared for as well as the carer. We match personalities and establish ‘house rules’. Only after several visits, and when both parties are ready, would a match go ahead.

Find out more

Shared Lives Plus, the UK network for shared living: Shared Lives Plus – Could you be a shared Lives carer?

Contact us

Contact Matt Holmes or by phone: 01323 747415.


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