West Berkshire Council

West Berkshire Shared Lives

The Shared Lives Scheme, offering a home environment for adults with care needs

The Shared Lives Scheme recruits carers and families who can offer adults with care needs a home environment, including them in family and community life. This gives people in need of support a chance to gain skills that will help them to live a more independent life, with the help of a carer.

Who is it for?

Shared Lives aims to offer support to a variety of people with a differing range of needs and skills. These can be people with learning disabilities, people with mental health problems, older people, care leavers, disabled children becoming young adults, parents with learning disabilities and their children.

Someone can become a part of a Shared Lives home on a full-time basis, or through regular overnight stays, short breaks or as day support visits.

Further information is available in our pdf icon Become a Carer leaflet [1Mb].

Transitions service

Shared Lives also offers a transitions service for young people aged 16 or over who are making the change from child-based services to adult-based services.  This helps to make sure that appropriate support is given throughout this change.

Transitions also offers foster carers looking after children with a disability the opportunity to transfer to the Shared Lives Scheme, and continue to care for an individual once they reach 18.

You can read more about our transitions service in our pdf icon Become a Carer leaflet [1Mb].

Shared Lives staff are employed by West Berkshire Council and are based at The Phoenix Centre, in Newbury.

Joining the scheme

You can join the scheme as a carer by getting in touch with our Shared Lives team, or, for general information about becoming a carer, you can also look on the Shared Lives website.

Shared Lives Carers are employed on a self employed basis. 

HMRC have an online e-learning course available for 'Shared Lives' Carers' that talks you through the simplified arrangements for the reporting of income and expenses, using the qualifying amounts. It's flexible and readily accessible and, because the course is broken down into 'bite-size' modules, carers can dip in and out of these sessions at their own convenience.  

HMRC also offer free webinar sessions for self-employed people.

About Shared Lives in West Berkshire

We are registered with and inspected by CQC (the Care Quality Commission) and are members of Shared Lives Plus (formerly known as NAAPS).

We were last inspected by CQC in June 2019 and rated as GOOD across all areas. 
You can read the report via the link below:


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