Shared Lives West Midlands

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About the Shared Lives Scheme 

The Shared Lives Scheme is a type of community support where an adult who requires support or a place to stay moves in with or frequently visits the home of an approved Shared Lives carer. Around 12,000 people in the UK use this scheme. 

The Person being supported is carefully matched to their Shared Lives Carer, who they will stay with. The carer provides tailored support to develop the Person’s practical, emotional and social skills.

Shared Lives Care Includes 

  • Long term accommodation and support 
  • Short breaks and respite support 
  • Daytime support 
  • Kinship support  

West Midlands Shared Lives 

After taking part in a research study to explore how the Shared Lives model, could complement our existing resources, Camphill Village Trust established the Shared Lives West Midlands Scheme in March 2017.

The Stourbridge Community was chosen both for its urban location in supporting the recruitment of new Carers. Also, the new Scheme is able to connect to already established networks, access wider resources and take part in community social events.

Building connections

In September 2018, we began our contract to deliver a Shared Lives service in partnership with Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.

In Summer 2022, the scheme developed across the region after they were successfully awarded the contract to work across the City of Wolverhampton. Kate Morgan is the Registered Manager of Camphill Village Trust Shared Lives.

“Having worked within Shared Lives since 2007, I have seen the sector grow and develop, and have a huge passion for this unique model of care that offers real person centred care and support. Everyone has the right to enjoy Shared Lives, the difference that kindness, stable relationships and ordinary home life make is amazing. By joining a Shared Lives Scheme, caring people can build a paid career from their own home, doing a role they love.”

Throughout England there are about 8,500 people being supported through the Camphill Village Trust Shared Lives Scheme. We support carers right across the Black Country, currently supervising almost 70 households who provide arrangements to people with a variety of additional and complex needs.


Working in partnership with Dudley and Wolverhampton Council, we are committed to expanding the service significantly across the region and providing supportive arrangements to people who previously would have otherwise been referred to a long-term hospital or residential care establishments. The scheme has a long track record going back many years, as it enables individuals to remain in the community, where people are known to lead longer, healthier and happier futures.

Moreover, we are now proud to announce we are working alongside Walsall Council, to further develop their Shared Lives Scheme and offer more choice to the residents of the Borough.

Want to Know More?

If you think someone would benefit from a Shared Lives Arrangement, get in touch and speak to a member of our team about how we may support you.

Contact Us

To find out more about how to get involved with Shared Lives and how to become a Shared Lives carer please click the link below.

Shared Lives Carer

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Key Contact Information

Phone: 01384 441505

Email: sharedlives@cvt.org.uk

Address: Eagle House, St John’s Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1HE

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