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For existing shared lives carers

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

The Shared Lives team

The Shared Lives team are committed to providing you with ongoing support throughout your time as a  carer. We will support you and the people you are caring for with:

  • regular support from a Shared Lives social worker through visits and phone calls to check everything is going okay
  • ongoing training
  • membership for Shared Lives Plus network, a UK charity which represents the interests of all those involved in Shared Lives
  • carers with long-term arrangements can be paid for up to 42 nights per year for short breaks from the caring role, or when you are not available to provide support
  • automatically qualifying for Oxfordshire public liability insurance
  • and you will have the opportunity to talk to other Shared Lives carers at the carer and user meetings – these are held at least three times a year at various locations around the county

Supporting carers through the pandemic

We have had to adapt our ways of working in order to provide support to carers and continue our assessment and monitoring process.

Currently, we will only carry out essential visits and will keep in touch with carers by using Microsoft Teams, WhatsApp, and on the phone. Training and carer support groups are available through Microsoft Teams.


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

Formal training

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

  • First aid at work
  • Medication awareness
  • Adult safeguarding

You can join the Shared Lives group sessions or 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 if you are unable to join any of the Shared Lives group sessions.

If you completed a face-to face training session on adult safeguarding, you may complete a refresher online. Please ask your Shared Lives Social Worker for the course guidance. Please send a copy of your course certificate to your Shared Lives Social Worker so that your training records can be updated.

Training dates

Sorry there are currently no courses.

How to book

To book a course contact the shared lives office.

Moving and assisting and personal care training

We will be offering training on moving and assisting and personal care on an occasional basis as required. Please speak to your Shared Lives social worker if you would like to take part in a training session on either of these topics.

Online training

There are a number of online courses that are available to Shared Lives carers on the The Grey Matter Group website which will also provide you with a certificate for your continuing professional development. Contact the Shared Lives Team to access the training section of this website.

Other information and resources

Shared Lives handbook

Your Shared Lives Carers Handbook contains all the policies and procedures that we use and refer to regularly in the course of Shared Lives work. If you need another copy of the handbook contact us.


Fire safety in the home 

A safe and well visit is offered free by the Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue service with tips and advice on how to make yourself and your home safer. 

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 request a visit online.

Internet safety 

Carers may worry about the people in their care using the internet, there are many really useful websites where you can 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.

Expense claims

Submit an expenses claim