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Support to Shared Lives Carers

Our Shared Lives carers offer an essential service to adults in Northumberland who need support so it is important to us that you feel valued and supported when you take on this role.

Shared Lives workers

You won’t be on your own. Each Shared Lives carer is supported by a Shared Lives worker to give you the support you need to be a carer.

Our Shared Lives workers are skilled and experienced social care workers. They will support you with each arrangement and make sure you are happy with how things are going and offer advice and support. They will also make sure that your carer’s fees are paid, make arrangements for you to have a break from caring and carry out regular home visits.


The adult social worker/care manager

The person you look after will have their own social worker/care manager who arranges their care at home and will carry out home visits. They can also give you practical advice and support.


24 hour advice and support

During office hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) you can contact the Shared Lives team, social worker/care manager who is responsible for the person you look after by calling the trust’s Adult Social Care team on 01670 536 400. Outside of these hours and in the event of an emergency you can contact our Emergency Duty Team on 0345 600 5232 for advice and support.



We will provide you with training to help you prepare for your role as a Shared Lives carer and there is an annual training plan for every Shared Lives carer. At your yearly carer’s review which is carried out by the Shared Lives manager additional training needs and opportunities will be discussed and arranged as required.


Support group and events

We hold regular meetings and support groups for Shared Lives carers. These provide the opportunity to socialise, meet with other carers and share experiences.


Paid breaks and respite

To be a Shared Lives carer can be tiring and sometimes can be intensive and stressful. Our Shared Lives workers will support you to access support to take breaks from your caring role.

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