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Fire safety advice for residents living in high-rise buildings also see information for Fire Safety in Reading Residential Tower Blocks

Shared Lives carers

Shared lives schemes rely on approved Shared Lives carers. The schemes have to be registered with the CQC. Shared lives carers are trained and vetted by the scheme. The shared lives schemes pay the self-employed shared lives carers (but not by the hour).

Shared lives carers - as well as their families and friends - contribute a lot which is unpaid.

If you're interested in becoming a shared lives carer, you can find out more from the charity Shared Lives Plus, which represents shared lives schemes or contact the Reading Borough Council Shared Lives Scheme on 0118 937 3700.

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