28th September 2017 by CVT Central
Seven sets of Carers from across Dudley Borough spent the weekend learning about a duty of care, safeguarding, communication skills and record keeping to name but a few subjects. Local residents, Nick and Helen Chater from Norton in Stourbridge said "We saw the advert in the Cockleshell Pottery Café over the Summer and as already experienced foster carers, we thought it would be a really inventive way to work with an older client group, whilst giving something back to the community. It was a comprehensive course and covered all we needed to know, it's put our minds at ease and now we're raring to go. Shared Lives really demonstrates the values in which we believe in and we would advise anyone to consider the role, especially if you are committed and of course have a spare room. It was nice to meet with all the other Shared Lives Carers who were a great bunch of people and just as excited as we are to be part of such a worthy scheme".
Registered Manager, Kate Morgan added "we really have grown over the last few months and once the assessment reports are completed on the carers, they will be presented to an Independent Panel to approve their status. That's when the work really begins and we start matching people who need support, to the households we have recruited. Whilst we now have our first group of carers on board, we are constantly wanting new families to join us, however, the difficulty is explaining what Shared Lives really is? As a starting point, we always say that it is sometimes described as a bit like 'foster care for adults', but it's so much more than that as we encourage people to have control and make their own choices in life to develop a greater independence. Shared Lives Carers qualify for significant tax relief and are paid according to the level of support they provide to the person who comes to stay on either a long-term or respite/short break basis. We are just in the process of completing the documentation to contract with Dudley MBC and I'm sure we will look to expand across the Black Country in the coming years. We really are starting to raise the profile of the scheme in the area and local MP Margot James has arranged to visit us in the next couple of weeks as she has a background in mental health services."
If anyone is interested in finding out more about the CVT Shared Lives Scheme and becoming a Carer, then they should contact us on 01384 597264 or visit our website at: www.cvt.org.uk/sharedlives