Shared lives

Shared Lives is a way to support adults who are unable to live independently.

The scheme places the adult with a carer who offers accommodation, care and support in their own home. It is similar to fostering.

Shared Lives providers train, support and pay carers to provide support in this way.

Support can be provided full time, short breaks, respite or day activities.

Get involved

If you would like to use the Shared Lives scheme for support, you must contact your social worker, care manager or support officer.

If you do not have a social worker, care manager or support officer, contact Access Point, our contact centre for Adult Social Care. Someone will help you to complete an assessment.

If you are eligible for the scheme, we will match you to a carer. You will both have the chance to get to know each other at your own pace before making any commitment.

Become a Shared Lives carer

All kinds of people can be Shared Lives carers: couples or singles, with or without children, home owners or tenants. An approved carer can support up to three adults at a time.

Carers are paid, trained and supported by the Shared Lives providers.

To become an approved Shared Lives carer you will need to

  • take part in a selection process
  • pass a Disclosure Barring Service check (formerly known as a CRB check)
  • have reference checks
  • receive training

If you are interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer please contact one of the service providers:

Brighton & Hove Shared Lives
Call: 01273 295550
Email: info.sharedlives@brighton-hove.gov.uk 

Grace Eyre Foundation
Call: 01273 201903
Email: sharedlives@grace-eyre.org

For carers: payment and tax

Shared Lives carers are not employed by the council, they are classed as self employed.

Carers are not paid by the hour and they do not work to a fixed schedule but are paid in line with the expectations set out in a Shared Lives arrangement agreement.

Shared Lives carers are under no obligation to agree to any care and support arrangement offered

Shared Lives carers do not employ staff to help them provide care

Because Shared Lives carers are self employed, they are responsible for making their own tax and national insurance payments. They are eligible for the Shared Lives tax break.

Watch a video from HMRC about tax breaks for Shared Lives carers 

Service quality

Both providers of Shared Lives – Brighton & Hove Shared Lives and Grace Eyre Foundation – are registered with the Care Quality Commission so the quality of the service is regularly monitored.

Carers are fully supported and are also monitored during placements.

The registered manager of each Shared Lives provider is responsible for the quality and safety of care and support in every Shared Lives arrangement.

Real-life experience

Find out what Shared Lives is really like. Read about Brian’s experience of the scheme

Contact us

Brighton & Hove Shared Lives
Call: 01273 295550
Email: info.sharedlives@brighton-hove.gov.uk 

Grace Eyre Foundation 
Call: 01273 201903
Email: mailto:sharedlives@grace-eyre.org

Further information

You can find out more about Shared Lives from Shared Lives Plus the national organisation for Shared Lives.