For existing Shared Lives carers

Where to find training, events, key documents, help and advice.


Shared Lives carers are expected to attend at least one 'carer and service user meeting' a year, or a refresher training session to keep knowledge and skills up to date.

Formal training courses that need to be attended once every three years are:

  • first aid at work
  • medication awareness
  • adult safeguarding.

These courses can be booked through the Shared Lives office.

Moving & Assisting and Personal Care Training

We will be offering training on Moving and Assisting and Personal Care on an occasional basis as required. Please see website for further details to come or speak to your Shared Lives Social Worker if you would like to take part in a training session on either of these topics.

How it works

Carers are invited to either join sessions being run three times a year for new carer applicants by the scheme, or you can attend a comparable course with the agreement of your Shared Lives link social worker. First aid courses are also provided by St John's and can be booked if necessary, throughout the year via the scheme at a venue or day to suit carers who are unable to join the Shared Lives group sessions.

Carers who have already attended a face-to face training session on adult safeguarding may complete their refresher online. Please ask your SL social worker for the course guidance.  Please send a copy of your course certificate to your SL social worker so that your training records can be updated.

There are also a number of interesting online courses that are available to Shared Lives carers on the website which will also provide you with a certificate for your continuing professional development. Carers working towards the Care Certificate can discuss which courses they might want to do with their SL social worker.

Training dates

Friday 14 June First Aid 9.30am-4.30pm Abbey House (Conference room)
Thursday 18 July Panel 9.30am-4.30pm Abbey House (2.3)
Monday 9 September Meet the Experts - People who use the service (communication skills/working in a person-centred way/values) 9.30am-4.30pm Abbey House (2.3)
Tuesday 10 September Safeguarding/Supporting people to take risks/Mental Capacity 9.30am-4.00pm Abbey House (2.3)
Wednesday 11 September Health, Safety and Wellbeing 9.30am-12.30pm Abbey House (2.3)
Wednesday 11 September Medication 1.30pm-4.30pm Abbey House (2.3)
Thursday 12 September Meet the Experts- Shared Lives Carers/Everything you need to know about being a Shared Lives Carer 9.30am-4.30pm Abbey House (2.3)
Friday 13 September Moving and assisting someone with mobility needs/delivering personal care 9.30am-4.30pm Abbey House (2.3)
Thursday 19 September Panel 9.30am-4.30pm Abbey House (2.3)
Friday 11 October First Aid 9.30am-4.30pm Abbey House (Conference room)

How to book

Please contact Shared Lives.

Personal care training and moving and assisting training

Dates and venue to be confirmed.

Information, what you need to know and getting help

You can get help from a range of sources.

Shared Lives handbook and other key documents

Your Shared Lives Carers Handbook (pdf format, 5Mb) is a good place to start. It contains all the policies and procedures that we use and refer regularly in the course of Shared Lives work.

Shared Lives office

Contact the Shared Lives office and speak to your link Shared Lives social worker, or if they are not there, speak to the duty person who will be able to advise you.

If you need advice out of office hours in an emergency, you can call the Out of Hours service (we sometimes refer to it as EDT - Emergency duty Team).

Shared Lives Plus network

Oxfordshire Shared Lives Carers have been registered by the Scheme as a member of Shared Lives Plus network. They have  dedicated advisors for Shared Lives Carers and also lots of guidance and helpline numbers on their website

Fire safety in the home 

For help and advice check out the 365alive website. 

'Safe and Well visits'. This is free service offered by the Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue service with tips and advice on how to make yourself and your home safer. The fire service is offering 'Safe and Well' visits to all carers.

The safe and well check involves a full home fire risk check. The fire service install free smoke alarms if needed and also do other related home safety checks. If you have a person placed with you and would like someone to come out to your home, just email your requests through to Or visit the website to submit a request.

Internet safety

Carers may worry about the people in their care using the internet, there are many really useful websites where you can find find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help people stay safe on the internet. For example:

Dealing with tax

Dealing with tax can be daunting for first time carers. HM Revenue and Customs have developed free eLearning to help people get to grips with tax affairs.

Submitting an expenses claim