• Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Reading, Berkshire
  • Various £ / Year
  • 29 February 2024

Website Reading Borough Council

Could you become a Shared Lives Carer and change the life of a vulnerable adult?  This is an alternative to traditional types of care and support.

We are recruiting for Carers in Reading and the surrounding area who can offer support and companionship to help a vulnerable adult reach their potential and lead a fulfilling life.

Shared Lives Carers are ordinary people from the local community.  You will be self-employed and paid for the support you provide.

Do you have a spare room or some time to care for an older person or vulnerable adult?

Could you offer:

FULL TIME CARE (Long Term Placement) – where the adult lives with you in your home and is treated like family.

Pay varies between £186.10 to £311.96 per week depending of the level of need of the individual you support. You would also receive Rent and contributions towards utilities and food provisions, approx. £153.72 per week.

OVERNIGHT/RESPITE CARE – where the adult stays in your home for a short period of time to give their permanent carers a break.

Pay varies between £53.87 to £62.40 (3.30pm – 9.30am) for the session. Or 24hr overnight Respite stay between £103.60 – £120.00 (you would not be required to stay awake during the night)

DAY SUPPORT – you would provide support from your home and support an adult to take part in social and leisure activities (such as shopping, going to the cinema, attending football matches or getting involved with the local community).

Pay varies between £25.90 – £30.00 per half session (3.5 hrs) or, between £51.80 – £60.00 for the session (4 – 6 hrs).

You will need to be:

  • Over 18 with experience in care work
  • Excellent Verbal, Written and Communication Skills
  • Able to build positive working relationships with the people you are supporting
  • Patient, imaginative and Flexible

The Shared Lives Carer scheme is similar to an adult version of fostering.  You will be vetted and checked by Reading Borough Council for suitability and matched with suitable service user(s).

Reading Shared Lives are looking for someone or a couple who are willing to learn, are fun and have the right qualities – all training and assistance is ongoing and is provided by the Reading Shared Lives Scheme.


If you require further information about Shared Lives and you are interested in applying to become a Shared Lives Carer, please contact us on 0118 937 3700 or Email: sharedlives@reading.gov.uk

Or to express an interest online please go to the following website: www.reading.gov.uk/adult-care/carers/shared-lives-carers

Although carers are self-employed, they are recruited and supported by the Shared Lives Scheme.

To apply for this job please visit www.reading.gov.uk.