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Apply to be Shared Lives carer

So you're thinking about becoming a Shared Lives carer?

We're keen to answer any questions you might have, and show you how amazing it is to take on this special role.

At Ategi we want to support you every step of the way on your path to joining us as a Shared Lives carer. Keep reading to find out about the application and assessment process, and to start your application.

Doris, Shared Lives carer

"I would recommend being a Shared Lives carer. It’s very rewarding."

Grazelda, Shared Lives carer

"I’d encourage someone to be a Shared Lives carer, the support you get from your managers is good, you get training to develop your skills and you can look after people. We have carer forums that are also useful."

Doris, Shared Lives carer

"I like the flexibility of Shared Lives. We can decide when we’re able to provide support."

Martin, Shared Lives carer (short breaks)

Overview of the recruitment process

To apply to become a Shared Lives carer, you sign up to the Shared Lives Plus recruitment portal which will take you through each stage of the process step-by-step and our team is on hand to support you if you need it. 

All the information you provide will be looked at by an appointed assessor. In between each stage, additional actions could include; a video call discussion, a home visit, taking up references, completing health checks or DBS checks etc. 

Taking the first step is quick and easy and can lead to an exciting new chapter of your life - just give us some basic information and we’ll get in touch. 

Follow this link to the recruitment portal: https://carers.sharedlivesplus.org.uk/register/.  Here you can sign up the the portal and complete some basic information. An email will then be sent straight to Shared Lives Plus and they will send a link passing on your details and your show of interest to Ategi Shared Lives. 

We will look at your information identifying what area you live in and what assessor will be allocated to you.  The assessor will either get in touch via email or phone call within a day or two to tell you more about Ategi Shared Lives and answer questions that you have. If you are still interested at this stage the assessment process will begin. 

This is an in-depth, formal process to ensure this is the right role for you. Your assessor will send you links to the portal so that you can provide information about yourself, your family and your home. At the end of each stage your assessor will be sent a link letting them know that you have completed that section. We will then read what you have written and ask questions if we needed.

We check your references, ID and get your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) forms sent off. You will be fully supported throughout the assessment process and it is set at your pace. This can take anything from 4 to 12 weeks. Once the assessment is completed and we have received your references and DBS the information will be drawn together into a report and go to our independent panel and they will decide if you are approved as a Shared Lives carer. 

Once approved you will be matched with a Shared Lives coordinator who will guide and support you throughout your time as a Shared Lives carer. Your coordinator could be the same person who carried out the assessment or a different person. 

Congratulations! We will start working with you to match you to someone looking for Shared Lives support. We will also plan in your monthly support sessions with your coordinator, and plan in your training and development for your first year. 

Are you ready to become a Shared Lives carer?

Follow this link and sign up to the Shared Lives Plus recruitment portal.