East Sussex Shared Lives scheme - draft

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, just a caring and supportive nature. We need people who can offer long-term accommodation, overnight and day-time respite.



- Video - Sam's Shared Lives story

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It's been the best thing I've ever done. From the day we became Shared Lives carers, I've loved every day with them.


Sam - Shared Lives carer


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What is Shared Lives?

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

As a provider, 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
  • 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. 

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Being a Shared Lives provider is different to having lodgers or renting out a room.

Self-employed and paid by the council, Shared Lives providers receive allowances for rent, food and utilities as well as ongoing training and support to help people with:

  • social activities
  • support to increase their independence
  • personal care
  • managing medication.

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Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The scheme is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who rated it as 'Good' on 10 April 2020.

Report: East Sussex Shared Lives Scheme - Care Quality Commission.

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