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Apply to be Shared Lives carer

So you're thinking about becoming a Shared Lives carer?

We're keen to answer any questions you might have, and show you how amazing it is to take on this special role.

At Ategi we want to support you every step of the way on your path to joining us as a Shared Lives carer. Keep reading to find out about the application and assessment process, and to start your application.

Doris, Shared Lives carer

"I would recommend being a Shared Lives carer. It’s very rewarding."

Grazelda, Shared Lives carer

"I’d encourage someone to be a Shared Lives carer, the support you get from your managers is good, you get training to develop your skills and you can look after people. We have carer forums that are also useful."

Doris, Shared Lives carer

"I like the flexibility of Shared Lives. We can decide when we’re able to provide support."

Martin, Shared Lives carer (short breaks)

Overview of the assessment process

Complete our short form below or contact us by phone or on

Ategi will call you and answer any questions you have and see if this is the right fit for you. You'll also be sent our application pack, including forms and info you'll need.

The assessment process and training begins. We’ll match you with one of our assessors who will support you through the assessment process.  This process is fairly in-depth, to ensure this is right for you, Ategi and the people who might be placed with you. Once you are approved you will be matched with a Shared Lives coordinator to support you throughout your time as a Shared Lives carer. Your assessor could be the same person or a different person.

We check your references, ID and get your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) forms sent off.

We will arrange for you to undertake your pre-approval training.

Once your assessment and pre-approval training and checks are complete, you will be referred to our independent panel for approval.

Congratulations! We will start working with you to match you to someone looking for Shared Lives support. We will also plan in your monthly support sessions with your coordinator, and plan in your training and development for your first year.

Shared Lives carer application

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