Meet the Shared Lives Team

Head of Service, Dean Barnshaw has been involved in social care since 1998, and as a qualified social worker has held a variety of senior positions across children and adult settings. Dean joined an Independent scheme in 2006 and since this time has generated a real passion and understanding for Shared Lives, which he views just as much as a philosophy, than as a delivery of service, with emphasis on community networking, citizenship and maximising independence. Always curious, Dean has over the years been at the forefront of diversifying the model of Shared Lives, not only in providing support to people of differing abilities and complex needs, but also in building ‘wrap around’ community services, so as to maintain the longevity and success of each Arrangement.

Dean joined CVT in November 2016 to lead on the development of the new Shared Lives Scheme. He is excited by the challenge, which he believes will re-enforce CVT’s position, as a contemporary provider of innovative services in an ever-changing social care environment. Dean is an avid supporter of Sunderland Football Club and he likes to try and stay fit when he can, by competing in Olympic standard triathlons, open water swimming events and white collar boxing. 

Registered Manager, West Midlands Scheme, Kate Morgan joined the service in June 2017. Kate has been involved with Shared Lives since 2006, both in the Local Authority and voluntary sector and has a great passion for the service and its benefits. Kate has experience of Shared Lives Carer recruitment, development, monitoring and matching arrangements with the people we support from 18 - 100 years of age. Kate has particular knowledge of supporting Shared Lives Arrangements for people with early onset dementia, autism and transitions from children's services.

Kate enjoys working with the people who use the service to witness the achievements and independence such a bespoke service can bring. Kate has a keen interest in reading and keeps fit through running, with a little yoga to relax and unwind when she can after busy days and family time with her husband and young daughter.

Senior Area Co-ordinator, West Midlands Scheme, Sue Caddick, qualified Social Worker, joined the scheme in September 2018 as part of the TUPE transfer process from Dudley MBC. Sue has been a Social Worker since 1999 and has held senior social work positions in both Children and Adult Teams, Safeguarding Teams including a lead role in Quality Assurance. Sue has extensive sessional experience in working for the Emergency Duty Team in Dudley.

Sue has worked in Shared Lives in Dudley since 2016 and have a great commitment to the Shared Lives ethos. Sue has experience completing Initial Carer Assessments, support and monitoring, and matching and really enjoys working with both Shared Lives Carers and the people we support.   

Sue is married with two grown up daughters and enjoys reading, gardening, travelling and attending live music performances or shows at the theatre. 

Area Co-ordinator, West Midlands Scheme, Cathy Dale, joined CVT Shared Lives in October 2018. Cathy has worked with people of all ages with learning disabilities for most of her professional career. Qualifying as a nurse before becoming a Social Worker in 1993, Cathy has had a variety of roles in both the Voluntary Sector and Local Authority. Cathy has worked with CVT completing Carer Assessments for 12 months. Inspired by the people that she met during this time and her belief in the model Cathy applied for the post of Area Coordinator. Cathy is also a volunteer advocate for a young lady with a range of complex needs who is currently at residential college.

Cathy’s has spent her spare time recently having refresher driving lessons and getting a car, she also enjoys weekends away and spending time with family and friends.

Area Co-ordinator, West Midlands Scheme, Sam Price joined the scheme in September 2018 following a move from Dudley MBC. Sam has over 10 years experience of working with adults with learning disabilities in a variety of community settings, supporting to promote person centred care and independence.  Sam also volunteers as Secretary at a local Charity which runs a social club for people with learning disabilities and enjoys the social aspect and sense of community this brings.

Sam fully endorses the philosophy of Shared Lives and is excited to join such a positive team in providing a real difference to people’s lives and enabling them to reach their full potential.

Sam has 2 teenage daughters and enjoys reading, walking and socialising with friends and family.