The charity Shared Lives Plus has created 160 jobs providing people the opportunity to look after someone in their own household.
In a reverse of typical care services, the new roles, created by Shared Lives Plus, are the ‘ultimate lockdown job opportunity’ as they see carers provide innovative Shared Lives support in their own home – on either a long-term, respite or day-support basis.
Alex Fox, CEO Shared Lives Plus, the UK membership charity for Shared Lives carers and shared living services, (pictured) said: “The social care sector has faced extraordinary pressures during the COVID-19 pandemic, on an already creaking, under—funded system and it’s likely this will continue in future.
“We believe the Shared Lives format of matching people into the homes of carers will ensure we continue to provide support for those who need it but in a kinder, more social environment.
“Shared Lives carers already support 15,000 people across the UK, so we are thrilled to bolster our numbers by 160 carers this January. These new roles are the perfect opportunity for those who are looking for a more flexible career or looking for a new challenge.”
Becoming a Shared Live carer also comes with a good salary, including £10k tax free, plus up to £6k tax free for each person supported (with a max of three people). Carers are self-employed, so there are no zero hours contracts, which enables them to do the role as part of their family and life commitments. People who visit or live with Shared Lives carers range from young people leaving care, to older people, those with dementia or someone just needing short term support following hospital treatment.
Emily and Allen Portwood are Shared Lives carers based in Warrington and have opened up their home to two young adults, Molly and Tyler. Emily said: “To us, this isn’t a job, it’s about providing a home, security and happiness within our family for those who need it.
“We got into it because Allen, who is a former policeman and has his own MOT garage, was really inspired to help young adults. We looked at all the options and Shared Lives was the perfect choice – there are no unsociable hours away from our family and we can just include them in our lives. We have a big family already – it’s just got a little bigger!”
To find out more about becoming a Shared Lives carer, go to https://sharedlivesplus.org.uk/start-your-shared-life/