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Shared Lives Carer

Birmingham City Council
Birmingham, UK
£461 – £562 per week depending on the level of support you provide
Closing date
1 May 2025

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Social care
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Shared Lives Carer

Location: Birmingham and Solihull

Do you have a room in your home and room in your Heart?

Could you share your home with someone who needs support?

If so, becoming a Shared lives carer is the job for you.

Shared Lives Carers open up their home to support adults with additional/complex needs on either a Live-In or Short-Break (respite) basis.

The role requires you to have a spare room for the adult. 

As a Carer, your role will be to encourage the person to not only become part of the family and therefore providing a sense of belonging, but also to create a life of new opportunities, of which the person would otherwise have limited chances to experience.

The aim of the Shared Lives Carer is to support the person where they need it, and to develop the practical, social and emotional skills to help them make their own choices in life and be as independent as possible, whilst remaining at the heart of the community, just like you and me. The Shared Lives scheme will provide you with support and guidance.

As a Shared Lives Carer you are self-employed and as such through HMRC you will have self-employed status and qualify for Tax relief for each person you support. To find out more about the tax relief you could receive, please click on the following link: Increase in Qualifying Care Relief - GOV.UK (

As a carer you can be paid between £461 – £562 per week depending on the level of support you provide to the adult who lives with you, and their assessed dependency. 

Shared Lives Carers provide support to the person on either a Live-In (permanent), Short-Breaks (overnight stays weekday / weekend).

Informal enquiries to –

If interested, please complete the attached application form; Shared Lives Carer Application Form.docx and return it to

About Shared Lives;  About Shared Lives.docx


Working for Birmingham City Council is more than just a job; it's about making life better for the 1 million plus people who live and work in the city.

We welcome people from diverse and underrepresented communities and encourage applications from, those with caring responsibilities, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, neurodivergent, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff and removing barriers to improve inclusion.   We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

Information for applicants with a disability

We are a proud Disability Confident Employer.  We encourage applicants to disclose disabilities, so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Please contact: 0121 675 7070 option 3 (lines open between 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday).

If you require an application in an alternative format, such as Braille or you are unable to complete an application form via WMJOBS, please contact When you have completed your application form this can be returned to or for Braille applications these can be posted to, Recruitment Team, 2nd Floor, 10 Woodcock Street, B7 4BG.

The Council is a fantastic place to work. You will find an organisation that is both challenging and supportive; with a leadership impatiently adventurous in its pursuit of excellence. 

There is a clear vision which is ensuring that the Council is working for communities today and building for tomorrow, we focus our resources on five key priorities:

  • A Prosperous Birmingham: through a focus on inclusive economic growth, tackling unemployment, attracting inward investment, and maximising the benefits of the Commonwealth Games.
  • An Inclusive Birmingham: through a focus on tackling poverty and inequality, empowering citizens, promoting diversity and civic pride, and supporting and enabling all children and young people to thrive.
  • A Safe Birmingham: through a focus on making the city safer, safeguarding vulnerable citizens, increasing affordable housing, and tackling homelessness.
  • A Healthy Birmingham: through a focus on tackling health inequalities, encouraging physical activity and healthy living, supporting mental health, and improving outcomes for adults with disabilities and older people.
  • A Green Birmingham: through a focus on street cleanliness, improving air quality, continuing the route to net zero, and becoming a city of nature.

We see the Council’s role as providing strategic leadership – that’s being able to visualise a new future for the city and equipping others to share our vision. We want to ensure the provision of services for all, so we can support those least able to support themselves by working with partners and putting citizens and neighbourhoods at the heart of our decision-making.

We are always looking for people who put the customer at the centre of their approach, with a commitment to excellence to help us achieve our vision.  We will support you to develop and thrive in your role, building a pathway for long-term success, with lots of development opportunities, such as apprenticeships.

In return, we offer you excellent terms and conditions, generous annual leave, a great pension scheme, well-being support, annual travel passes and discounts at a number of city centre establishments.

Birmingham City Council is a Foundation Living wage employer - known as the Birmingham Living Wage. The Birmingham Living Wage, is determined by the Living Wage Foundation on an annual basis by the Centre of Research in Society Polity at Loughborough University. The current rate can be found at:   

For the awards and support for our employees, please follow  

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0121 675 7070
Birmingham City Council
West Midlands
B2 2XU

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