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Provider Services
Short Breaks, Shared Lives, Day Services

Shared Lives

Our 'outstanding' Shared Lives Service as recognised by the CQC matches carers to people aged 16+ who have a disability from the comfort of the carers home. You could provide someone with a place to live, somewhere to go for day time support or for a short break.

Almost anybody can become a Shared Lives carer. It's all about finding the right person for you to connect with. The most important thing is that you have an interest in others, the ability to respond to the needs of those around you and good communication skills. Some people work as a Shared Lives carer in addition to other employment.

Why would you choose to become a Shared Lives carer?

  • It offers an alternative to working for a care agency

  • It’s rewarding for both the adult with support needs and the carer

  • You will be working with the same person on a regular basis

  • You can give as much of your time as you like 

  • The work can fit well around other responsibilities you may have

  • You will be paid for your time

  • We will work with you to find a placement which works for everyone and will help you both during the placement.

Being a Shared Lives carer is ideal for people who have worked in care, are a support/social worker, retired, have a family of their own as the person you care for will become a member of your family.

We'll provide you with excellent support and the training you'll need to help you in your role as a carer.

How to apply


Shared Lives MK is responsible for recruiting, vetting, training and supporting Shared Lives carers. All our carers go through an assessment process which takes around three months, which includes:

  • Home visits

  • Interview with our assessment panel

  • Shared Lives Carer Agreement

  • Matching with service user

  • Shared Lives Arrangement Agreement


Email if you are interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer, call 01908 258088 for further information.

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Short Breaks

Our 'outstanding' Short Breaks Service as recognised by the CQC provides 24/7 support and an enjoyable break to children and young people with profound disabilities and additional needs, aged 0 to 25. We provide a space where they can try something new, make new friends, have time away from their primary carers and have an overnight stay.

We're seeking kind, caring, fun and respectful support workers to join our Short Breaks service and provide person centred care to service users. We're keen to hear from you whether you have experience in care or not - you just need to share the same values as us and the want to support and help vulnerable people. Please note that with this role you'll be expected to provide personal care including helping change, bathe and feed our service users.

We know how important the right training is and we want to see you develop and succeed in your role. That's why we'll provide you with a range of training opportunities including mandatory, specialist and clinical training as well as dementia and autism training.

We can offer flexible working arrangements to make sure your work life suits your home life, regular 1-2-1 meetings with your manager and an internal induction and buddy to help you settle in.

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Day Services

Day Services at Milton Keynes City Council is recognised as outstanding by the CQC. We're split into two areas where we offer support to people with learning disabilities and older people.

We're seeking support workers who are caring, respectful and who want to make a positive difference to the lives of others. Whether you join our day services for people with learning disabilities or older people, you'll be able to deliver a high level of personalised care. Communication is a key skill you'll need so you can build relationships with the people you care for.

In return we offer flexible working arrangements that can fit around your other commitments, shift work but you'll always know ahead of time when you'll be working and training and support to help you in your career.

Learning Disability Day Opportunities


We have two centres, one at Tower Drive Neath Hill and Whaddon Way Bletchley, where we offer a range of sensory and physical activities either on site or using different resources across Milton Keynes. 

Older Persons Day Care Services

At Day Services for Older People we aim to improve the quality of life for individuals and enable them to socialise with others in a relaxed community setting. We're split into two locations, Simpson Day Care Services for people with a medical diagnosis of dementia, have a physical disability or are physically frail. Kitchener Day Care Service Offers a service to residents of Olney, Newport Pagnell and the surrounding villages who are physically frail or have a diagnosis of dementia.

Golden Hello

*Some of our direct care roles are subject to a Golden Hello payment of up to £2000. Learn more.

Why Milton Keynes City Council?

Employee Benefits

Our Employee Benefits package is now the best that it's ever been, with something to suit everyone, so there's never been a better time to work with us.

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Annual Leave

From 28 days' annual leave plus statutory and public holidays

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Pension Scheme

Pension scheme with generous employer contributions

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Training and Support

Career progression and training opportunities

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Discounts & shopping vouchers

Including gym membership and mobile phone contract discounts

Find your next opportunity in Adult Social Care.

Learn more about the training opportunities in Adult Social Care.

Interested in becoming an Adult Social Carer? Discover our apprenticeships.

Interested in finding out more about Adult Social Care at MKCC? Take a look at this page. 

Take part in this short interactive activity to discover if a career in care is right for you.

Find out more about working at the City Council, from our benefits to values.

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