CVT are currently in the process of putting together an Independent Panel for their innovative Shared Lives Scheme, that is being developed across the Borough of Dudley and the surrounding areas.

The Panel which meets in Stourbridge, will sit for half a day on a quarterly basis and ‘approve’ the status of all Shared Lives Carers involved with the CVT Scheme. The Panel is made up of local social care professionals who have an interest in Shared Lives and wish to ensure there is fairness and consistency to the assessment and approval process. To bring a specific knowledge and skill-set to the Panel, CVT are looking for a current or retired Shared Lives Carer from a neighbouring Scheme to join as a member.

The post is voluntary but CVT will cover travel expenses and the Registered Manager is known to make a mean cup of tea and even provide a plate of biscuits from time to time.

If you know of anyone that may be interested, then please call Dean Barnshaw on 01384 597264 or 07984 896010 or email:

To find out more information about CVT Shared Lives, then please go to



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