• How much is it to Join? +

    As a carer you can join for as little as £60!

    If you would like to join as a Shared Lives Scheme then do get in touch with us for further information on Pricing

    To join simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

  • How do I join as a carer? +

    To join as a Shared Lives carer, you must be currently approved to provide Shared Lives care by a registered Shared Lives (or Adult Placement) scheme in the UK.

    Shared Lives carers make their home available as a resource and may provide Shared Lives support to up to three people at any one time (some Shared Lives schemes have a local limit of two people).

    Unlike care homes, Shared Lives carers do not employ staff to provide care to the people who they support. You can join as an individual, or with your partner, if s/he is also a Shared Lives carer.

  • What should I expect as a member? +

    As a member, you can expect: - Use of the free Shared Lives carers’ confidential helpline where you can obtain information advice and support from a dedicated national Carers Development Worker.

    - FREE legal expenses cover (up to a maximum of £25000) if you have an allegation made against you as a Shared Lives carer resulting in you being taken to court and/or your Scheme is seekingto de-approve you as a carer.

    - Free access to a legal helpline which you can use for advice on any relevant legal issue.

    - Public Liability Insurance at a preferential rate as well as access to other insurance provision developed to meet the needs of Shared Lives carers.

    - Three Shared Lives carer newsletters a year via post, which keep you up to date.- The opportunity to meet or get in touch with other carers, including through meetings, telephone conferences, an email group and a message board.

    - A members-only area of the website containing resources which are free to members

    Access to a wide range of toolkits and resources at members-only prices.

    - Access to our annual Shared Lives carers’ breaks and conference.

    - A conference for your home nation and/or for the UK, with a limited number of places for Shared Lives carers at supported rates.

    - An open invitation to attend national network meetings (and regional meetings in England).- At least one seat on the board of Shared Lives Plus for an elected Shared Lives carer.

    - A voice with local, regional and national decision makers and a programme of awareness-raising about Shared Lives and the work of Shared Lives carers.

  • How do I pay? +

    You can pay via cheque, bank card and credit card.
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Questions and Answers

Thursday, 16 August 2018 11:12

Book your place at conference!

There are only seven weeks to go until this year’s Shared Lives Plus annual conference:

Tuesday 2nd & Wednesday 3rd October

Kent Hill Park Training and Conference Centre,

Swallow House,

Timbold Drive,

Kents Hill Park,

Milton Keynes,


It's the only national learning event for Shared Lives and Homeshare and we're starting to get excited! We have a fantastic schedule of interactive workshops and a lineup of engaging speakers including Minister of State for Health, Caroline Dinenage MP, who will be opening this year’s event. It’s a great opportunity for us all to learn from each other and expert facilitators, hear from national leaders and celebrate Shared Lives and Homeshare.

The bookings have been rolling in and we have only 37 two-day passes and 62 one-day passes left. If you want to attend, hurry and book your slot now! So far everybody has been able to book their first-choice workshops, but some are now filling up. The sooner you book the more likely you are to get a place on the workshops you want to attend the most.

Shared Lives carer members:

We would love to see lots of our fantastic Shared Lives carer members at conference. The cost of a two -day pass for Shared Lives carer members is just £70.00 including reception, dinner and conference, or £40.00 for the day conference pass.

Shared Lives scheme members:

We have a discounted join attendence offer which enables schemes to pay for both a worker and a Shared Lives carer member to attend together - £230.00 for a two day pass or £160 for aone day pass for both people.

If you would like to attend please complete and return the attached booking form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to Freepost G04 The Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9JR

Every year in the UK, more than two million people experience domestic abuse. No two of these experiences are the same, and not all survivors want or need the same response to feel safe. For someone who has lived in fear, the journey back to a happy and independent life can be complex. A safe place to live is a vital step in that journey - but at the moment it is far too hard to come by.

To stop the cycle of abuse, we need housing models that offer long term support so that survivors can rebuild and recover fully, and feel like part of a supportive community. That’s why domestic abuse charity SafeLives and carer network Shared Lives Plus are working together to develop and test a new way of providing accommodation for survivors of domestic abuse. The pilot will run in three Shared Lives schemes in Shropshire, Lewisham and Buckinghamshire. If successful, the scheme will be rolled out nationally.

In Shared Lives schemes, an adult who needs support or a place to live moves in with or regularly visits an approved Shared Lives carer, after they have got to know each other and the local Shared Lives scheme has matched them for compatibility. Together, they share family and community life. With input from survivors, and SafeLives providing practical expertise, this model is being adapted to support domestic abuse survivors.

SafeLives data shows that more than half of victims of domestic abuse need support to stay safely in their own home or move to new accommodation. Of those who access refuge services, 87% eventually move onto continued temporary accommodation (Women’s Aid data). This leaves too many survivors in a precarious position, without the security and stability they need to feel safe.

Suzanne Jacob OBE, Chief Executive of SafeLives, said:

"When it comes to housing, survivors have limited options – we believe everyone experiencing domestic abuse deserves better than this. We hope Shared Lives schemes will provide a further safe and secure environment for survivors to recover from the abuse, regain confidence and rebuild their lives.

‘Of course, the responsibility for domestic abuse always belongs with the perpetrator, who must be challenged and held to account. In an ideal world no one would have to leave their home because of domestic abuse, but it’s clear that we need to provide a range of safe and supportive options for those who do. This should be as well as, not instead of, existing options."

Alex Fox, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus, said:

"Shared Lives carers across the UK offer safe, supportive homes where people can build their confidence and independence. Shared Lives is already used by 14,000 people, but only a small number of people who have experienced domestic abuse.

We have seen how building healthy relationships and getting practical support from a carefully chosen and trained Shared Lives carer has enabled women fleeing domestic abuse to rebuild their lives at their own pace, with the support of a household who are with them for the long haul. We are very excited to be working with SafeLives to develop this model more widely, including for women with learning disabilities, mental ill health and other support needs who have experienced domestic abuse."

Read Natalie Blagrove's blog - 'Developing a supportive housing model for survivors of domestic abuse'


SafeLives is a UK wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for good. We combine insight from services, survivors and statistics to support people to become safe, well and rebuild their lives. Last year over 60,000 adults and more than 100,000 children received support from interventions pioneered by SafeLives and our partners.

No one should live in fear. It is not acceptable, not inevitable, and together – we can make it stop. If you would like to read more about SafeLives’ work on housing for domestic abuse survivors and their families, please read our recent Spotlight on homelessness and domestic abuse.

Shared Lives Plus
We are the UK network for Shared Lives carers, Shared Lives schemes and Homeshare schemes. With over 5,000 Members UK-wide, we have a unique overview and voice which we use to support schemes and Shared Lives carers through policy, guidance, advice and legal support. We also work to diversify and establish new Shared Lives and Homeshare schemes. www.sharedlivesplus.org.uk

This project is made possible by a grant from the government’s Tampon Tax fund.


Ruth Davies, SafeLives Communications Officer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Natalie Blagrove croppedNatalie Blagrove is a Senior Knowledge Hub Advisor at SafeLives. For the last six months she's been seconded to work with us on a new pilot to develop and test supportive housing options for survivors of domestic abuse.

I recently wrote about the domestic abuse project; six months on I thought it was time for an update. It’s been busy, with some real highlights as well as some challenges.

The good stuff

Supported by the local domestic abuse services, I visited two of the pilot sites to hold survivor consultations. It’s so important to get the thoughts, ideas and opinions of people with lived experience and it’s something that both Shared Lives Plus and SafeLives feel is crucial to any successful project. I have to say, I was a little nervous about presenting this idea to survivors. Would they like it, would they think it was rubbish? Fortunately, the vast majority of the women I spoke to saw a place for Shared Lives; a safe place to live with a carefully matched and approved Shared Lives carer in the carer’s home.

Read the full blog

Thursday, 02 August 2018 10:06

State of Shared Lives in England 2016-17

We are pleased to share the State of Shared Lives in England 2016-17 - a comprehensive report about the Shared Lives sector in England. The data in this report, and the analysis we've drawn from it shows us that Shared Lives is holding its own in the face of some serious challenges in the wider social care sector. In many places Shared Lives is going strong, growing, and supporting more people with different types of needs to live well. The report also shows us, however, that in some areas Shared Lives has diminished due to the significant pressures in the adult social care landscape. Above all, the document serves as a timely reminder of the vital importance of growing Shared Lives in the project to create a more human, person-centred and sustainable health and social care system.

pdfState of Shared Lives in England 2016-17


Right now in Wales we are going through the final stages of one of the biggest shake-ups of regulation in decades. If you are a Shared Lives carer or someone using the service you can have your say on not just what goes into regulation, but how the people that inspect our services apply those regulations. But the closing date is approaching fast. Welsh Government want to hear your views by August 16th.

A copy of the consultation document, the draft regulations and statutory guidance can be found at:



To take part in the consultation and give your feedback, you can respond online.

It’s been almost two years now that we’ve been working with Welsh Government on changing the regulations that guide our services. One of the biggest steps forward is Welsh Government’s decision to ask people if they want our services extended to 16 & 17-year-olds. In the UK, Wales is alone in restricting provision to that age group. We know from colleagues in children’s services, especially those working to combat homelessness, that extending the service will make a real difference. It will provide more choice and flexibility.

Please do take time now to look through the Statutory Guidance and the new Regulations. Shared Lives Plus UK has already written extensively about the need to reflect the modern service. The regulations are still known as adult placement, but most services use the term Shared Lives. The regulation refers to “placing”, where we talk about matching. It describes a placement, where we would talk about an arrangement. If you feel strongly about providing a service which gives people choice and control, do let Welsh Government know what you think about the language used in the act and the need to reflect the service accurately.

The new regulations will come into force from April 2019, replacing the Care Standards Act and the Minimum Standards. The aim of the new regulations is to reflect the Social Services & Well-being (Wales) Act by giving people genuine voice and control and putting their well-being, views and feelings at the heart of service delivery.

The regulations aim to be:

• Proportionate and reasonable - covering things the provider can control that will genuinely contribute to the quality and safety of the service

• Consistent – but flexible enough to allow for specific differences between services, where appropriate

• Outcomes focussed – so the adults and children using the services are fully supported to achieve the things that matter to them

• Enforceable – providing clarity and certainly to all those involved

These changes are a move away from a culture of tick box compliance.

The new regulations aim to recognise the professional competence and judgement of providers and gives them a high-level of flexibility to run efficient, innovative services. As a Shared Lives carer you may not see too many changes in the way things work day to day, but there are differences in the way the regulations work.

In future schemes will have to produce a much more comprehensive Statement of Purpose, detailing the services they provide and their policies and procedures around things like complaints, safeguarding etc. The regulations also impose a duty of candour on all service providers to acknowledge and address issues when something goes wrong.

For the Shared Lives carer there will be three key documents:

  • a Carer agreement – between the scheme and the Shared Lives carer setting out the agreement to provide accommodation and support in their home for someone who needs care to live independently. This will be put in place once the Shared Lives carer has passed panel and is ready to begin work.
  • an Individual Placement Agreement – between the scheme, Shared Lives carer and the person seeking support agreeing to enter into a Shared Lives arrangement
  • a Personal Plan for each person using the service – setting out the outcomes that the person seeking support wishes to achieve with the support of the scheme and the Shared Lives carer.

Do read through the changes, link below. This is your consultation and your views are of great value:


Closing date August 16th


HendersonsWe are encouraging all Shared Lives carers, schemes and any one with experience of care to take part in a major national consultation by the Local Government Association into how to pay for adult social care and support for older people, working age adults with mental or physical disabilities and unpaid carers.

The LGA estimates that adult social care services face an annual funding gap of £3.5 billion by 2025.

Years of significant underfunding of councils, alongside rising demand and costs for care and support has pushed adult social care services to breaking point.

More and more people are unable to receive good, reliable care, such as help with getting washed and dressed, and funding is increasingly having to be diverted from other vital council services, such as parks, leisure centres and libraries, to plug growing adult social care funding gaps.

Alex Fox, CEO, Shared Lives Plus, says “Local government and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector share a vision for social care which helps us all to live good lives in our own homes with the people we love. Immediate investment is needed to stabilise social care. Then councils and the VCSE sector must work with people who need support and their community organisations to co-design a social care system which intervenes early, sees the whole person and can stay with people and families for the long haul. Human, effective and sustainable approaches already exist: great councils have been pioneering their development. Now they must be scaled up and become the norm.”

The LGA’s eight-week consultation is open to all members of the public – regardless of whether they are directly affected by or receive adult social care and support – and community groups. The findings will be used to help influence the Government’s own green paper and its spending plans.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Finding a long-term funding solution for adult social care and support has been kicked into the long grass by successive governments for the past two decades and has brought these services to breaking point.

“Our green paper is the start of a nationwide public debate about the future of care for all adults and we encourage as many people and organisations to have their say on how we pay for it and the responsibilities of national government, local councils, citizens, families and communities.”

The LGA’s green paper consultation is available here. The consultation closes on 26 September. Possible solutions to paying for adult social care in the long-term outlined in the consultation include: 

  • Increasing income tax for taxpayers of all ages – a 1p rise on the basic rate could raise £4.4 billion in 2024/25
  • Increasing national insurance – a 1p rise could raise £10.4 billion in 2024/25
  • A Social Care Premium - this would be a contribution, such as an addition to National Insurance or another mechanism, paid by employers and people over 40, including over 65s. If it was assumed everyone over 40 was able to pay the same amount (not the case under National Insurance), raising £1 billion would mean a cost of £33.40 for each person aged 40+ in 2024/25. This is a purely illustrative figure and would not be the cost to individuals if the premium was attached to National Insurance given that a person’s employment status and/or how much they earn determines the amount they contribute to National Insurance.
  • Means testing universal benefits, such as winter fuel allowance and free TV licences, could raise £1.9 billion in 2024/25
  • Allowing councils to increase council tax – a 1 per cent rise would generate £285 million in 2024/25

Sharisse Richards, John Dempsey and Paul Hart share their lives together in their Birmingham home. Their shared life shows that families can come in all different shapes and sizes – and that the right mixture of personalities lead to rich and vibrant home. Sharisse, Shared Lives carer supported John, first, who had previously lived with, and depended on, his parents for all of his life:

Sharisse John and Paul“It’s every loving parent’s nightmare isn’t it? You have given your son your very best but, aware of your own advancing years, you’re now worrying about his future security. What would you do? That was the horrible position that John’s parents were in. They’d given him a wonderful, loving home for 59 years, but realistically they knew they needed to find another alternative for all of their sakes, but they didn’t know if it existed.

“John has non - verbal autism and requires fulltime support with his daily life. So, when they were introduced to the Birmingham Shared Lives scheme who matched John with me, I think it was a massive relief. For my part, I came into Shared Lives really wanting to do it well - becoming a Shared Lives carer has a special meaning for me. My own brother had needs which were just not properly understood, and he spent years in social care which I feel very much narrowed his choices. I wanted to do something which opened people’s horizons.

“It was interesting: as soon as John and I met I knew that we could make this work. We just clicked, straight away. We had a few meetings, and then he stayed for a couple of weekends, and we’ve lived together ever since.

“At first John’s parents struggled to get used to living apart from him after them sharing their lives for so long. But now they pop in for a cuppa and he spends some weekends with them too. I’m forever sending them photos of where we’ve been or what we’ve been doing with the day. It’s a lovely arrangement. In fact, on John’s mum’s birthday I cooked Sunday lunch and we all spent the day here together. We communicate regularly and I know that, they are very reassured that he is in a happy and safe home. John feels like a brother really.”

With John having become a settled part of Sharisse’s family life after several months, she began to support another person – with quite a different personality and situation:

“Paul moved in with us, on an emergency basis in March 2011. Paul was living in Aston, Birmingham in supported living accommodation. He’s held down a fulltime job at a Red Cross shop for years, which he loves, but he suffers with anxiety and mental health related problems.

“He was finding it increasingly difficult to cope at home, and his finances were getting into a mess which added to his anxiety. Supported living just wasn’t working out for him. When he first moved in with us, he did find it hard. It takes some people time to adjust, whereas others – like John – seem to settle quite quickly.

“But everyone’s an individual, and Paul is a different sort of character, so we gave him the time. He’s slowly opening up and we’re getting to know each other. He said recently that when he first came everything felt new and strange, but every day he seems a bit more settled. We all get on well.

John Paul“I think it’s about the right combination of characters, not so much having the same kind of characters, and that’s why the matching process is important. It’s finding the right chemistry.

“There are times when being a Shared Lives carer can be intense. It’s like anything, you have to learn and develop your experience but that only comes by actually doing it. For me, the only bit I find difficult is dealing with the benefit system and liaising with the government departments, to make sure that they each get their rights acknowledged. That can be frustrating.

“I appreciate the support of our local scheme and other Shared Lives carers, particularly Diane who is a good friend of mine and a very experienced Shared Lives carer. She supports Bradley who at 19 is a lot younger than Paul and John, but he comes to spend time with us and enjoys days out with the guys. It’s about personalities rather than ages I find. We have a nice social life that we all share, including other carers and their families. We make friends.

“The friendship with Diane has meant a lot. She understands it completely and in the early days, when I had the odd wobble, she encouraged me to believe in my own ability to do this well.

“I really think John and Paul would have had such a different life if Shared Lives had been available to them. That’s what Shared Lives does, it provides people with choices and a more fulfilled life.

“It’s a great thing to do and I love being able to give something back and feel as though I’m making a difference. It makes it worth it. Our house is a vibrant home. We get on each other’s nerves at times, just like any other family, and there are chores to be done and a routine to be followed, but we also have a lot of fun and laughter too.”

In this blog, Jenny Evans, our development officer for Home-from-hospital care, introduces herself and her work on the home-from-hospital care project. We have been working to offer Shared Lives as an option for people leaving hospital since 2016, and Jenny would love to hear from you are interested in offering this service in your scheme.

Jenny Evans, development officer for home from hospital care

I have a long career history in health and social care starting out in general nursing before completing a social work degree 10 years ago. Since then I have worked as a social worker in adult care in areas such as hospital discharge and learning disabilities and then more recently registered manager for a Shared Lives scheme. I have therefore seen the challenges posed by hospital discharges from various perspectives.

Each day people are remaining in hospital when they no longer need to be there. This puts additional strain on the NHS and is not good for the person who could be in a more suitable environment to get well. Shared Lives can be a good option for people who are not quite ready to return home.

Shared Lives Plus received grant funding from The Dunhill Medical Trust and Department of Health Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development (IESD) Fund to develop Shared Lives as an intermediate care service with an initial emphasis on developing a Home from Hospital service. This is a 3-year project which commenced in June 2016.

As part of the project 5 Shared Lives schemes are developing a home from hospital service and we will share the learning from this. The pilot areas are working with local hospitals and developing referral pathways and identifying what works and what the challenges are. The project is being evaluated and a final report will be ready by June 2019.

Going forward the project will be supporting schemes across England to scale up and develop in this area of work. I am available to advise or support any schemes who are interested in this area of work and would love to hear your stories of people who have been discharged from hospital to Shared Lives. I would also love to hear any stories where Shared Lives has supported someone so that they avoided a hospital admission.

By the end of the project we will have developed a range of resources for schemes, Shared Lives carers and commissioners to help them develop the Shared Lives offer for people coming out of hospital. This will include guidance documents, a promotional film and leaflets.

If you would like to discuss anything further please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mobile: 07867 452159

CVT have an exciting position within an innovative new scheme. They are looking to recruit someone who is passionate about Shared Lives and displays real insight into the benefits it can bring to people who wish to lead independent lives at the heart of the community.

CVT say:

"You will be involved in the continued development of an ever-growing service, where you will have opportunity to influence its working practices. You should have a sound understanding of the Shared Lives model and knowledge of the local area and its amenities. If you are hard-working, ambitious and want to be at the leading edge of adult social care delivery, then this is the post for you."

The job description is listed below, but please visit the CVT careers page for access to the person specification, full job description and details of how to apply.


Job Description

Shared Lives Scheme - Area Co-ordinator

Salary Scale: £20-26K

Annual Leave: 33 Days (including bank holidays)

Hours: 37.5 hours a week

Location: 4 Norton Rd, Stourbridge, Dudley, DY8 2AE (also opportunity to work from home on occasion).

Post will cover the Borough of Dudley and surrounding areas.

A full driving licence and use of a vehicle is essential for which a travel allowance is paid.

Accountable to: Shared Lives Registered Manager.


 Job Objectives

1. To support the Registered Manager in the delivery of a high-quality Shared Lives Scheme for the Camphill Village Trust across the Borough of Dudley and surrounding Black Country/West Midlands area.

2. To hold an allocated caseload and have day-to-day responsibility for the supervision and monitoring of the respective Shared Lives Carers and the people we support in each Arrangement.

3. To maintain the compliance of the Shared Lives Scheme with all Care Quality Commission (CQC) Fundamental Standards for Regulation and Inspection.

4. To work in accordance with the required Shared Lives Plus Guidance Notes and CVT Policies and Procedures.

5. To ensure the scheme meets all Local Safeguarding Adults Board requirements.

6. To be responsible for the marketing, recruiting, assessing, inducting and training of all new Shared Lives Carers.

7. To develop and maintain positive working relationships with health and social care practitioners/care managers/commissioners at an operational level.

8. To work where relevant in partnership with existing Shared Lives Schemes within the Region.

9. To work collaboratively with other CVT staff members to find ways in which the regional Shared Lives Scheme can contribute to the local community for mutual benefit.

10. To promote and positively represent the CVT Shared Lives Scheme within the Trust, the region and nationally.

11. To provide an Out-Of-Hours support service to all Shared Lives Carers within the scheme.


Main duties and responsibilities

 1. Manage the operational responsibilities of the Regional CVT Shared Lives Scheme

1.1 Work with the Registered Manager and Head of Service to establish a new Shared Lives Scheme in the region that is recognised for delivering high quality support to its stakeholders.

1.2 Ensure that the Scheme infrastructure of policies, procedures, systems and processes are maintained and aligned with CVT policies and procedures, meeting the sector’s best practice standards at all times.

1.3 Work with the Registered Manager to recruit, select, assess, induct, provide ongoing training and regularly supervise Shared Lives Carers.

1.4 To support the Registered Manager in maintaining all regulated activities and develop excellent relationships with the Care Quality Commission to ensure Outstanding/Good inspection reports.

1.5 To undertake regular training and supervision/appraisal to ensure best practice standards and thus promotes the effective delivery of Shared Lives Arrangements.

1.6 Work with the Registered Manager to maximise the marketing potential in local communities for the effective recruitment of Carers.

1.7 To develop and maintain positive working partnerships with relevant agencies, organisations and teams essential to the health and growth of the CVT Shared Lives Scheme.

1.8 Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of legislative and national/regional policy developments that impact upon the Shared Lives Scheme.

1.9 With support from the Registered Manager, develop, agree and implement care/risk management plans that will ensure the safety and well-being of all those involved in the Shared Lives Scheme.

1.10 To ensure the completion of all necessary reviews, assessment reports, documentation, file records and any other paperwork required by the role.

1.11 To undertake Shared Lived Carer Pre-Approval and Re-Approval Assessments prior to being submitted to the Independent Panel.

1.12 To provide Out-Of-Hours support to all CVT Shared Lives Carers and immediately report any serious concerns to the Registered Manager and CQC if necessary.

1.13 To oversee the organising and attendance of regular Carer Forums and social events for the Shared Lives Scheme.


2. Develop and maintain positive relationships with practitioners/commissioners

2.1 Work with the Registered Manager to identify and engage with local commissioners in the region.

2.2 Ensure excellent understanding among commissioning teams of the CVT Shared Lives Scheme and its potential through regular meetings.

2.3 Develop and maintain excellent links with front-line Practitioners and Care Managers to promote the Shared Lives Scheme and ensure a clear referral pathway.

2.4 In discussion with the Registered Manager and in liaison with Referring Agency, oversee the matching between the Person receiving the service and the Shared Lives Carers.

2.5 Where relevant to work in partnership with existing Shared Lives Schemes within the Region.


3. Work collaboratively with the Registered Manager to identify opportunities to connect Shared Lives Arrangements with the CVT community for mutual benefit

3.1 Maintain excellent links with the wider CVT staff team through regular briefings on the development of the Shared Lives scheme.

3.2 With other Shared Lives colleagues, work with the wider CVT staff team to identify opportunities, to enable local Shared Lives families to link with and contribute to the life of the local community.

3.3 With the Registered Manager and Head of Service, to develop and design an approach that will bring together the resources of the local CVT community and that of the Shared Lives family, to diversify and extend the services of Shared Lives to people with more complex needs (Shared Lives Extra).

3.4 Promote and oversee the delivery of the Shared Lives Extra service, constantly reviewing to ensure that it meets the needs of all parties and delivers excellent outcomes.


4. Promote and positively represent the CVT Shared Lives Scheme within CVT, regionally and nationally

4.1 Raise awareness of the value of the Shared Lives model with a range of regional and local stakeholders, working with the CVT communications team. Ensure early success stories are widely circulated.

4.2. Write articles for the trade press, the CVT website and regional media.

4.3 Deliver presentations at relevant events to raise awareness and promote the Shared Lives model.

4.4 Represent CVT at national and regional events.


5. Contribute to the effective administration of the Camphill Village Trust

5.1 To record all information correctly and in accordance with data protection protocols.

5.2 In support of the Registered Manager, contribute to budgeting and financial planning of the scheme.

5.3 To monitor the finances of the people we support in each arrangement, using existing procedures.

5.4 Ensure that the Shared Lives Carers are paid regularly and correctly, as in accordance with the payment bandings, housing benefit and board & lodging.

5.5 To ensure that all contact sheets, data bases and spreadsheets etc are kept up to date and accurate.


6. Working Practice

6.1 Engage in continuous self-development and training, working towards NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care as a minimum.

6.2 Work in a way which promotes diversity, equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice.

6.3 Operate at all times in a way that is consistent with CVT’s legal responsibilities including health and safety legislation and guidance.

6.4 Work in accordance with CVT’s aims and objectives and policies and procedures and promote a positive image of the organisation at all time.


7. Any other duties

Undertake such other duties as may reasonably be required, commensurate with the level of the post and the needs of the organisation.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 16:37

"He's got his personality back"

Written by

Tony and DarrenTony Kirby and Darren Brooks talked about their Shared Life together with MPs at our recent parliamentary reception. Their humour had everyone laughing.

"I'm Tony Kirby, and I’m a Shared Lives carer. I’m here today with my wife Jane, who is also a Shared Lives carer, along with Darren. Darren, who through the Shared Lives scheme has now lived with us for almost a year.

We were first introduced to Shared Lives in 2015 and were immediately impressed by the support and dedication their staff showed. Not only to the people who need their support, but to their team of carers too.

Jane and I joined the team of carers in 2016 and carried out the relevant training needed. We had our concerns, especially if we could cope, as you can’t just clock on and off as a Shared Lives carer. But any of the doubts going through our minds soon diminished, as the Shared Lives team were able to answer all our questions quickly and professionally and put all our doubts to rest, leaving us feeling very confident.

When Darren came to join us last year, he was matched to our skills and ability, and to our environment, for example our family of two teenage daughters who were initially worried about sharing their space and our time together. But Shared Lives is all about sharing and caring, which works both ways, so we had to meet Darren’s needs too. Our job is to care for Darren, but also to help him to become more independent and self-sufficient, so that one day he’ll be able to live independently.

Darren wasn’t very talkative when he first joined us as he had been in a residential home for many years. It's like he's got his personality back now and rediscovered all the things he likes doing - fishing, walking, being outside, instead of stuck in front of a TV.

Just before Christmas last year his cousin came to visit him and was brought to tears. He hadn’t managed to have a conversation with Darren for over sixteen years. He thanked Jane and myself for what we had achieved in such a short period of time, and in no time, Darren was in full contact with most of his immediate family, who were also very appreciative of the work we had achieved. Darren also struggled with his health, but with a fitness program we put in place, this soon changed. He's about to have an operation on his neck soon, but he still won't be as good looking as me when he comes out! 

Darren has become part of our integral family, and we take him on holidays and trips away. He fits in well to all our lives, and us to his, and although we must make a few changes to our daily routine to meet some of Darren’s needs, it’s never a problem.

So, we would like to thank Shared Lives and to the team of dedicated staff, for their support and being there for us, as we’re now one big happy family, and would recommend Shared Lives to all.

Thank you."

"I'm Darren and I would like to thank Shared Lives for giving me the opportunity of gaining my life back, after living in a nursing home for many years, following my accident.

I am now living with Tony and Jane and their two girls in a happy family environment. Before I can't really remember anything I did. I really enjoy my life now. I like going for walks now and like finding out new things and places, which I can’t see anything wrong with."

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