About Shared Lives Camden

Shared Lives Camden is a service where adults with care needs live in the homes of people who support them. This includes short stays and more long term arrangements. By sharing your home and family life, you’ll support someone to lead an independent, healthy life as part of our community.

Who can become a Shared Lives carer?

Anyone over 18 can become a Shared Lives carer. You don’t need formal qualifications or experience. You do need a spare room and a willingness to share your home. You also need to be kind, patient and understanding to become a carer.

What you’ll be doing

The support you’ll give will depend on the needs of the person, but could include:

  • Supporting with hobbies and activities, a job or volunteering
  • Helping to get to appointments and managing medication
  • Getting involved with your local community.

What you'll receive 

  • Between £433 and £524 each week as a self-employed carer.
  • Training and ongoing support from the Shared Lives Camden team to make sure you feel safe and comfortable at every step of the way
  • Regular respite from caring role
  • The opportunity to join a supportive community of Shared Lives carers in Camden and the national Shared Lives Plus network of over 10,000 carers.

Find out how to become a Shared Lives Camden carer

To find out more about what it's like to be a Shared Lives carer, and how it can make an incredible difference to someone's life, watch this video created by the Shared Lives Plus national network.

COVID-19 update

The safety and wellbeing of everyone involved in Shared Lives Camden is our absolute priority. Precautions are being taken to minimise the risk of COVID-19 to carers and people who are receiving support - including self-isolation and testing.

Become a Shared Lives carer

Step 1: Contact us

You can email [email protected] or phone 020 7974 5273 for an initial conversation with our Shared Lives team.

Step 2: Home visit

Our Shared Lives team will visit you for an initial home visit. We will talk to you about the service, and discuss if it would suit both you and your household. We will give you an information pack and application form.

Step 3: The assessment

Our Shared Lives team will visit you several times to talk more about your life, home, family and community, why you want to become a carer, and the skills and experience you can offer someone. We will carry out checks on you and anyone in your household who will be a support carer. We will also ask for references from people who know you well.

Step 4: The Shared Lives Camden panel

Once the assessment is finished, your application will be presented to the Shared Lives Camden panel. The panel will be made up primarily of people independent of the service, and will decide whether or not to recommend that you should be approved as a carer. The final decision will be made by the Camden Shared Lives team. The whole application process usually takes around three to six months. We will work with you to process your application as quickly as possible, and we will keep you updated every step of the way.

Step 5: Matching and support

After you are approved as a Shared Lives Camden carer, we will match you with someone who needs support based on both your personalities, lifestyles and backgrounds. If someone comes to live with you long term, there will be a trial period to make sure you are both happy with the arrangement. You will receive ongoing training and support from our Shared Lives team.

Accessing Shared Lives Camden

Shared Lives Camden Shared Lives Camden is currently available to adults with learning disabilities. The service is registered with the Care Quality Commission.

If you or a family member would be interested in the service, email [email protected], phone 020 7974 5273, or speak to your social worker or support worker.

Shared Lives Camden panel

Our Shared Lives panel members, together with the independent chair, make sure that we are recruiting high-quality carers to the Shared Lives Scheme.

The main objective of the panel is to consider if the carer being presented would offer a safe, welcoming and nurturing environment for a person with support needs.

The Shared Lives Camden panel are also responsible for decommissioning carers if their performance is not meeting the required standard or if the carer no longer wishes to continue their caring role.

The voluntary panel members are a diverse group who are passionate about ensuring everyone in Camden is able to live healthy and independent lives.

Each panel member receives training to ensure that they have a good understanding of the service and the requirements of a Shared Lives carer.

Panel meetings are being held remotely until further notice due to COVID-19.

Contact us

If you would like to find out more, email [email protected] or phone 020 7974 5273. Our Shared Lives team will get back to you for an initial conversation.