Shared Lives is a unique accommodation service managed by Portsmouth City Council for adults who want to live within a local household.
With Shared Lives, you can visit for the day, for short stays, or live permanently with a family or individual in the community.
Shared Lives matches people and households very carefully, depending on your needs and preferences. You can live independently, just sharing communal space, or if you need a little help Shared Lives will match you with a household that can provide the support you need.
Shared Lives carers are paid, trained, criminal records checked, and have an allocated worker who provides support and monitors arrangements.
Could you be a Shared Lives carer?
If you have a spare room, and would like to welcome someone for short stays, or to live with you, contact Shared Lives. It doesn't matter whether you're single, a couple, or have children - Shared Lives households come in all shapes and sizes. You could receive an income of between £290 and £400 a week for being a Shared Lives Carer.
Each carer goes through an approval process, which will include working closely with a Shared Lives officer in your home. Shared Lives will support you every step of the way - from completing the application form, seeking references, undergoing a criminal records check to ensure you can work with vulnerable adults, as well as training to prepare you for your new role.
Accommodation is within households in the community, so everyone's home will be different, but Shared Lives carers and service users are carefully matched, so that your accessiblity requirements are met.
Shared Lives is available to any adult who has had an assessment by Portsmouth City Council's Adult Social Care, Learning Disability or Adult Mental Health teams. Contact Shared Lives for more information.