CVT Shared Lives Celebrate First Christmas
Over sixty people took part in CVT Shared Lives first Christmas Party over in Dudley this week to celebrate all the hard work that has been achieved throughout the year. The party was attended by the people supported in each Arrangement, the Shared Lives Carers, Independent Panel Members and Scheme staff. Sam Price who has recently joined the Scheme as an Area Co-ordinator said "This has been a brilliant event and everyone who attended said they really enjoyed themselves, and you could tell by the smiles on the faces. Whilst many of the Shared Lives households came to celebrate, our aim is to reach over one hundred next year. Hopefully, we can recruit a few more families across the Black Country over the coming year and provide even more choice to the people who are referred to us by the local council.’
Shared Lives Carers Amy and Claire added ‘We would encourage anyone to explore the possibility of becoming Shared Lives Carers, it feels more relaxed than foster care and there is a raft of support and advice from the team. CVT as a Scheme is still new to us both, but we are impressed with what we have seen so far and very much feel part of something innovative. The young man who lives with us with us as a Shared Lives Arrangement, poses many challenges and no doubt there will be many more to come, but he also gives us a real sense of purpose and the knowledge that we are giving something back to the community. We feel we have a lot of life experiences to share and there is much to be gained in watching young adults become as independent as possible. I think we’ve found our calling.”
If anyone is interested in finding out more about becoming a Shared Lives Carer, then they should watch the short video clip on youtube here presented by TV actress Arabella Weir. Alternatively, you can visit our website here or call on 01384 597264.