Introducing Shared Lives

 CVT are currently in the process of developing a number of truly innovative regional Shared Lives Schemes based around all nine of our communities across England. Each CVT Community will act as a hub to a network of Shared Lives Arrangements, providing opportunity to take part in social events and celebrations and connect to already established relationships.

Sian Lockwood OBE. Chief Executive, Community Catalysts writes about the new service:
I am delighted to be able to support CVT in the development of its new Shared Lives Service. A strong commitment to ensuring that each regional scheme will follow best-practice guidance, gives me complete confidence that the organisation will provide a service that stays true to Shared Lives’ underpinning principles.  Dean Barnshaw, the Shared Lives Development Manager, is an exciting appointment. He has many years’ experience in developing and managing Shared Lives and is ambitious for the growth of the new service that will be supported by all of the CVT Communities.  I believe that within a few years we will see CVT providing high quality Shared Lives arrangements being delivered at scale

Working in partnership with Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, we are recruiting now in Stourbridge, Dudley and the surrounding areas.  Do you have what it takes to become a Shared Lives Carer? Could you welcome someone into your own home and support that person to lead an ‘ordinary life’ and become part of the local community. You don’t need any qualifications or experience, just the right values, commitment and of course a spare room!

Find out more about Shared Lives. If you are really interested in becoming a Shared Lives Carer, then please contact the CVT Shared Lives Development Manager on 07984 896010 or email him at: and he will call back at an appropriate time to speak with you further. We will then arrange to come and visit you to talk about the process more in depth. If you are still wishing to pursue the role of becoming a shared lives carer, we will then supply you with an application form. - Shared Lives Plus are the national umbrella organisation for all schemes across the UK.

Shared Lives Plus, Operations Director, Anna McEwen discussing shared lives here

Read the SCIE paper 'Improving outcomes for people in Shared Lives arrangements' here

Read the SCIE paper 'Alternative accommodation-based care - Shared Lives' here