Carer jobs with us

Carer jobs with us is akin to adult fostering. We provide people with an alternative to supported living and residential care in a family home.

Become a Carer now


Work from home and be paid to support someone with additional needs.

Shared Lives South West urgently needs carers to support and care for people with additional needs.

Want to work from home?

This is your chance. You may well have been furloughed or want a career change. Start your journey as a Shared Lives South West Carer today.

Applicants will have to have a desire to work intensely through our assessment process and available to start immediately.

What are you waiting for…

  • It’s an opportunity to give something back to the community, do a rewarding job and you will also get paid once you have been matched with someone using our services.
  • The person would live with you temporarily during the crisis or it could be a long term arrangement.
  • You will be paid for the care and support you provide as well as rent and household costs.
  • We will do our absolute best to support carers and the people who use our services in a safe way during this difficult time and provide high quality care and support.

How do I become a Carer with SLSW?

Contact us now on 01626 360170 and we will talk you through the streamlined carer assessment process.

You will be emailed an application form and it should be returned as swiftly as possible by to get the ball rolling.

What happens next?

Once we have your application form, you will be assessed by a Shared Lives Coordinator and you will receive an Initial Visit from one of our team to make sure you and your house is suitable.

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Initial Visit

Wherever possible, and using as much pragmatic and sensible distancing as possible, the visit should still be conducted at the applicants home.

This is because seeing the property and meeting the applicant is such an important part of forming a safe judgement before proceeding and matching people with you.

The initial visit includes the Shared Lives Coordinator conducting a report, a health and safety check of the property and collecting signed forms from the ‘Applicant Pack’. Identification and DBS document checks will also take place.

There will be video calls/Skype calls after to answer any questions you may have or our team have about you.


We will accept current DBS Checks completed by other organisations,  providing the DBS Check covers the correct barring list and it is clean, we can accept this and proceed.

We will also be conducting our own check for good measure, but this won’t delay the assessment process.


Access to face-to-face training won’t be possible during social distancing measures. Instead we will provide applicants with training materials to study and conduct a series of 1-2-1 telephone or video calls to talk through training areas and ask questions, ensuring we feel confident that applicants demonstrate sufficient knowledge of key training areas.


Once an assessment report has been produced, our panel members will meet virtual to sign-off on your approval.

Once approved

We will match you with someone who is looking to use our services.

Carers who are approved following their assessment will be able to support up to three people in their home.

Have you got what it takes?

Applicants will have to be willing and able to take part in an intenseassessment process and have basic ICT knowledge and equipment.

Contact us now to start your journey as a Shared Lives South West Carer…

Carer Jobs
It’s a paid carer job role

The fees we pay to a Shared Lives carer will depend on:

  • What sort of service you offer
  • How many people you support
  • What sort of support needs the person has
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Carer Role Application Process
Carer Role Application Process

There are only 7 steps to becoming a carer with us.

It starts by completing an application form and we’ll then contact you to arrange an initial visit from one of our coordinators.

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Carer Job Support
Carer Job Support

We are here to support you every step of the way and we encourage you to meet other carers in the scheme.

Our carers are supported by a Shared Lives Coordinator, they carry out a variety of tasks.

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Apply for Carer Jobs in Devon & Cornwall
Apply for Carer Jobs with us

You can easily contact us by phone, email us or fill in our enquiry form for more information. Learn more

“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.”

A Shared Lives South West carer