Shared lives


What is Shared Lives?

Shared Lives gives help to vulnerable adults over the age of 18 in a home environment. This involves sharing family and community life and is provided by Shared Lives Carers who can be single people, couples or extended families. This help can be for a few hours during the day, a weekend break or someone living in the home for a short or long period. Carers should be willing to use their family home as a resource.

What should I do if I want to use the Scheme?

If you think that being part of a family would help you, then the first step is to talk about it with a social worker or care manager. You can do this by contacting us and asking to speak to someone in Shared Lives Team. They will discuss the kind of help you think you need and whether the scheme would be right for you.

Can I choose the person I receive the support from?

We will try to match what you like doing with the Shared Lives Carer so that you have similar interests. You will be given information about the carer and have a chance to meet them before making a decision about whether you want them to support you. When you choose the carer you want to be with, an agreement will be written telling you:

  • what you can expect
  • what is expected of you when you are supported by the carer.

Who can become a Shared Lives Carer?

Anyone can apply to become a Shared Lives Carer and can choose whether they want to offer short or long term support. If you are interested, you can meet one of our team who will explain the scheme and help you decide if it’s right for you. If you want to join, we will ask other people who know you if they think you would be able to meet the needs of vulnerable people - we call this taking up references. We will also ask if you have been in trouble with the police.

Do Shared Lives Carers get paid?

You will get paid for providing support. The rates vary depending on the support you give.

What support will I receive as a Shared Lives Carer?

You will get training and support from the Shared Lives Team. When you start, you will be linked to an established carer in the scheme as an additional form of support.

How do I find out more?

Contact us for a copy of our Service Users Guide or to talk to someone in the Shared Lives Team.

Derby City Shared Lives Scheme is registered with the Care Quality Commission.


Contact details

Post address:
Adult social care
People Services
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 640777
Minicom: 01332 640666
Customer Service Centre
Derby City Council
The Council House
Coporation Street