Get in touch!

To enquire about becoming a Shared Lives carer, click here or give us a ring - find our number here. We'll answer any questions you have and talk about whether you'd like to know more.


          Getting to know you better. 

We'll arrange a visit to meet you, where we'll get to know you better. It's also an opportunity for you to ask us in more detail about the type of role you're interested in and how the scheme works.


          Tell us about you! 

During our visit, we'll give you an application form to fill in and post back to us.


          Assessing you for a carer role

Once we receive your application, the assessment can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to complete.

It depends on how fast your training is completed, how quickly you can write your personal profile (we can help you with this) and how easy it is for us to arrange the meetings to complete the necessary home visits, references and checks, including the DBS. This all helps us to get a detailed picture of who you are and how you would fit into the scheme.



You'll get some training to give you an insight into your role as a carer. You can see some of the topics we'll cover here


          Approval Panel. 

We'll present your application to an independent approval panel, who will make recommendations to us about your appointment as a Bury Shared Lives carer. You won't have to meet or be interviewed by them. 



Now we contact you to discuss potential referrals - when we find someone you fit with, your carer role begins!

Placements can be immediate, but in other cases it can take a while because we want to make sure that we get the perfect match for both you and the customer.


You must be a Bury resident to be a Bury Shared Lives carer.


Shared Lives Stories


To read the Bliss family's account of their matching process with Sarisa, and to hear how Sarisa found it too, click here.

Verity, who uses Bury Shared Lives, has joined the Approval Panel with questions that she and the Shared Lives Committee have written. Read her story here and more about Co-Production at Persona here.



To enquire about becoming a Shared Lives carer, click here.


Click here for our FAQ page.

Click here to go back to the main Bury Shared Lives carers page.