Camphill Village Trust Shared Lives have recently been awarded the contract to deliver a Shared lives service on behalf of Dudley MBC for three years, starting on September 3rd 2018. We are currently in the process of expanding this innovative Shared Lives Scheme across Dudley and the surrounding Black Country areas and have already recruited 13 households to our new Scheme. however, we are still on the look out for many more families/households to join us and open up their heart and their homes.
Shared Lives is sometimes described as being similar to foster care for adults with additional and complex needs, but it’s so much more than that, as we enable the person to take control and make their own choices about the life that they lead, so as to maximise independence.
People are carefully matched to stay with specially trained Shared Lives Carers who provide individual support to develop practical skills, build self-esteem and encourage the social skills needed to lead the same ordinary life at the heart of the community, just like you and I.
When someone comes to stay with the Shared Lives Carer on either a long-term (live-in), respite (short-breaks) or day support basis, we call this an Arrangement. There is a maximum of up to three people staying within a household at any one time.
In Shared Lives, the goal is for everyone to feel a sense of belonging, be valued a part of family life and have opportunity to be actively involved with the wider community.
There is also the opportunity to take part in social events and celebrations, as well as connect to a wealth of support and friendships within our existing Camphill Community based in Stourbridge. Shared Lives can provide a real alternative to hospital and residential care and people are known to lead longer, healthier, and happier lives when living in the community.
You don’t need any qualifications or experience, just the right values, commitment and of course a spare bedroom. We will provide you with the relevant training and once approved, on going supervision to ensure that the highest quality of care is maintained throughout each Shared Lives arrangement. An Enhanced DBS Check and references are also required.
Shared Lives Carers have self employed status and qualify for tax relief through HMRC. You can be paid up to £560 per week, depending on the level of support you provide, which sometimes may include personal care. shared Lives Carers are not paid by the hour, there is no clocking on or off when you support someone from within your own home, but it's a hugely rewarding role.
Shared Lives Carers are very passionate about the work that they do and they are extremely creative in how they support the person to achieve independence, but above all else, they do not make assumptions about people, just because of the labels they have been given.
Currently, there are about 9,000 Shared Lives Carers supporting approx 12,000 people across England and 96% of all Shared Lives schemes inspected by the Care Quality Commission are rated either as Good or Outstanding. Shared Lives also has the lowest amount of safeguarding enquiries in comparison to all other forms of adult social care. on average, placing someone in a Shared Lives Arrangement, can save local authorities/NHS up to £26K annually, in comparison to other forms of long-term care.