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Expected to earn

You will be self-employed. Often paid weekly, you can earn between £350 and £625. You can also receive a contribution towards accommodation and household costs, such as food, electricity and water.

Skills and values

There are a range of skills and values that are needed to work as a shared lives carer. These include:

  • Excellent communication, observational and listening skills
  • Good verbal, digital, written and numeracy skills
  • Treating people with dignity and respect
  • Ability to lone work
  • Understanding of self-employment

Find out out more about the role with Shared Lives South West.

Entry requirements

There are no formal qualifications needed for this role however you may benefit from previous experience in a caring setting. It is more important that you have the right skillset and that you’re able to relate to people from different aspects of life.

You will need to be self-employed and have a spare room in your home.

What roles can I do to gain experience?

  • Care Assistant
  • Personal Assistant

Opportunities to develop

You will be provided with an induction and on going mandatory training. You may decide that you’d like to do some additional qualifications whilst in your role – this could include a vocational qualification such as a Certificate or Diploma in Health & Social Care or some training in an area of specialised interest.

What's Next

  • Senior Care Assistant
  • Management

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