Could you be a Shared Lives carer?

By on 12/02/2014 in News

A major recruitment drive has been launched to find over 150 caring homes for adults with disabilities and other vulnerable adults in Birmingham.

Birmingham City Council is hosting an information evening on Wednesday 19 February to recruit more Birmingham Shared Lives Carers.

Formerly Birmingham Adult Placement Service, Birmingham Shared Lives Service offers people with a disability:

  • long-term accommodation with care and support
  • short-term accommodation with care and support and
  • day support.

The Shared Lives team is looking for people with patience and enthusiasm  to give adults with disabilities and other vulnerable adults the care they need that will allow them to carry on living in the community.

To become a Shared Lives carer you must:

  • have experience of caring for someone
  • have a desire to help others to do more for themselves, or to help those who need assistance
  • be willing to go through an assessment and cooperate with Shared Lives staff making checks on your suitability
  • live in Birmingham with either your own home or, if a tenant, have approval from your landlord.
  • be willing to learn if you lack experience

Cllr Steve Bedser, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Our existing Shared Lives carers will tell you just how rewarding the experience is and this is a great opportunity for committed, caring individuals to give a home to someone in need, allowing that person to have a home and a life in their community.

“In Birmingham we’ve relied too heavily on residential care and all too often this does not result in the best outcomes, particularly for younger adults.

“So last summer we proposed changing this system and the feedback was positive, with strong support for reducing reliance on residential care and for encouraging families, neighbours and the community more widely to provide care. That's where Shared Lives comes in and I would encourage anyone who wants to find out more to come along on Wednesday.”

For more information call 0121 464 3164 or go to

Notes to editors:

A Birmingham Shared Lives Carers Recruitment Evening is being held on Wednesday 19th February 5pm to 9 pm, at: Council House Banqueting Suite, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BB

Neema Gunputh is, along with her husband, one of the carers for two service users in Kingstanding. Neema, who has been a carer since 2007, said: “I really like being a carer. We were a family of four, then down to two when our children moved on. We have now had two people come to live with us through Shared Lives and we enjoy supporting and caring for them. They have made our family complete again and we are really happy.”

Sammy Banks, one of the service-users who lives with Neema, added: “It makes me very happy living with my carer's. They have helped make some of my dreams come true”

A Shared Lives Carer supports adults who have disabilities and older adults to live their life to the fullest.

Birmingham Shared Lives is an alternative to care homes for people in need of support, offering long term and short breaks. Shared Lives offers personalised, quality care where carers share their lives and their homes with those they support.

Carers are self-employed and receive a modest financial amount.

Carers come from many backgrounds and do not need formal qualifications, but should have experience of caring for others. They would then go through an assessment and induction / training programme to ensure the care and support they provide meet inspection standards and is of high quality.

It is important that carers are patient, flexible and have a caring approach. They must have suitable rooms for the person to stay/live in.

Shared Lives Carers have to go through a detailed vetting process, which includes police checks, references and inspection of their properties. Some foster carers of disabled children become Shared lives carers as well and they also have to go through a similar process.

For more information call 0121 464 3164 or go to

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