What is Shared Lives?
Shared Lives is a service provided by carefully chosen single people, couples or families we call Shared Lives Carers. Shared Lives offers support and accommodation within the ordinary households of carefully recruited, trained, checked and supported Shared Lives Carers. The people they support live or stay as part of the Shared Lives Carers’ family having been carefully matched by our experienced teams. Many people who need support to live their lives prefer the idea of living with a Shared Lives Carer who they can take time to get to know and who they can build a meaningful and enduring relationship with.
Shared Lives offers a real alternative to other forms of support and accommodation. People supported by Shared Lives Carers are at the centre of their arrangements and are encouraged to gain confidence and greater independence, develop skills and make lasting relationships while living or staying for short breaks, as part of the Shared Lives Carers household.
Who is Shared Lives for?
A 10 minute film about being a Shared Lives Carer
You must be over 18 to be supported by a Shared Lives Carer.
People who use the scheme may need support all of the time, or with just a few aspects of day to day living.
The scheme supports people who have a wide range of support needs, including: Learning Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Substance Misuse, Mental Ill Health, Brain Injury and Dementia. Shared Lives suits anyone who has been assessed by Social Services as needing support and who would prefer or benefit from living in an ordinary family setting.
If you require any more information please contact the Scheme nearest to you.
Who can be a Shared Lives Carer?
Single people, couples, families with or without children can all apply to support someone in their own home as a Shared Lives Carer.
If you apply you will be contacted by one of the Shared Lives Team who will give you more information and answer any queries you may have.
Your completed form can be sent to us by email at your nearest office.
Alternatively you can print and post the application form to us.
How does it work?
People interested in becoming a Shared Lives Carer need to complete a simple application form and send it to the ategi Shared Lives Scheme who will make contact and arrange a visit to discuss the application and answer any questions.
All applicants will attend training sessions and will undergo an assessment with a team member before a report is written and presented to our independent Approval Panel.
The process is intended to be thorough as well as being informative and enjoyable. Full details of the process will be given to each applicant at the initial visit.
Successful applicants are approved with the Scheme. They are carefully matched with people we think they will get on well with.
Shared Lives Carers will receive payment whenever someone is staying with them. The amounts will vary depending on the kind of support that is provided. They will also have a named Scheme Worker who will provide ongoing support and will check how things are going.
We are registered with the Care & Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and have clear written statements about how our services operate.