A Paid Role

The amount you are paid will depend on the person’s level of need and how many people you support.

What you could get paid

Being a Shared Lives carer is a paid role.

Shared Lives carers are paid a weekly fee to support someone living with them long term, as well as a contribution toward rent and household costs, such as food, electricity, gas and water.

The fees we pay depend on:

  • What sort of service you offer
  • How many people you support
  • What sort of support needs each person has.


Long term: The amount varies from £352.00 to £624.00 per week per person.

Short break: £78.00 to £115.00 per 24 hours.

Shared Lives carers are self-employed – they are not employees of the scheme. More about this is explained when you go through our application process.

A shared lives household enjoying a hot air balloon ride. Shows them in the sky overlooking fields

“It’s good to be able to get on with things ourselves, but it’s also good to know there’s someone there to talk to for backup, advice and support, when we need it.”