Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) who are a national partnership of more than 50 organisations committed to transforming health and care through personalisation and community-based support have produced a new report which aims to find good examples of personalised care and community-based support for people from ethnically diverse communities.

The Camphill Village Trust Shared Lives scheme, which operates across the Black Country, has been recognised by TLAP in the report as one of fourteen organisations throughout England for their inclusive recruitment programme of Shared Lives Carers.

We’re leading the way in recruiting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic carers.

Out of a current list of 94 Carers, the CVT Shared Lives team has recruited 17 carers from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic backgrounds in the three years they have been operational in the Dudley area. The Shared Lives scheme has intentionally focused their recruitment on specific communities, giving presentations at local mosques, churches, temples and community centres, as well as advertising and giving interviews on the ‘Newstyle’ Afro-Caribbean radio station and publishing good news articles in ‘The Voice’ and ‘Phoenix’ national newspapers. Once recruited, the Carers then become champions in their respective communities and they encourage others to join Shared Lives, which can pay up to £600 per week tax-free. To find out more please call 01384 441505 or go to Shared Lives West Midlands | Adult Support| Camphill Village Trust

What does good personalised community-based care and support look like for people in ethnically diverse communities? 

Registered Manager Kate Morgan said ‘We are very proud to be recognised for the inclusive work we are doing. As we were developing as a scheme, we were always very conscious that our Carers needed to reflect the multi-cultural demographic of the wider communities in which we provide Shared Lives. ‘The Covid pandemic sadly hindered our momentum, but during lockdown, we still led on a successful regional recruitment project at the beginning of the year, approving over 50 carers along with Walsall and Birmingham. As a scheme, we have lots of other ideas in the pipeline over the coming weeks and months as we wish to provide Shared Lives to a more diverse group of people right across the Black Country region.’