18th October 2017 by CVT Central
Local MP Margot James and Local Councillor Simon Phipps, met with Managers Kate Morgan and Dean Barnshaw, who gave a presentation on the history of the charity as well as explaining the regional picture of Shared Lives, which highlighted that nearly 900 Carers are currently supporting 750 people across the West Midlands. Margot and Simon were particularly interested to hear that someone living with a family as a Shared Lives Arrangement, can on average, save the local council up to £26,000 annually, in comparison to other forms of long-term care such as hospital and residential settings. Research also suggests that people lead longer, healthier and happier lives when being supported through a Shared Lives Arrangement and living in the community. Margot commented, "It was great to visit Camphill Village Trust to hear more about the Shared Lives model of care and the Scheme they are developing. It's really positive to see what the charity is doing to actively recruit Shared Lives Carers in the local area and I look forward to visiting newly matched Arrangements in the future and see the work that is happening first-hand"
Manager, Dean Barnshaw, said, "We have been in contact with Margot's office for some time now and we are extremely grateful that they have taken a particular interest in Shared Lives and help raise its profile. We are just in the process of becoming approved service providers with Dudley MBC, so we will be carefully matching people who need support with our specially trained Carers very shortly. We are still keen to recruit more Shared Lives Carers across the borough and the council's commissioning team are very interested in expanding the service, as they recognise the quality of life the model can bring to the most vulnerable within our local communities. It really is a rewarding role for which you are well remunerated for, but more importantly, your guidance can have such a significant impact in supporting someone to reach their full life potential, whilst living an ordinary life at the heart of the community just like you and I". If people are interested in finding out more about becoming a Shared Lives Carer, then please go to: www.cvt.org.uk/sharedlives call CVT on 01384 597264 or follow them on Twitter: @CVTSharedLives