Kind-hearted Clare has shared her home with Anna for almost a year as part of the Shared Lives scheme.
Anna has cerebral palsy and came to Anna with low confidence and self-esteem. She is now thriving.
Shared Lives is a chance for people to share their home with an adult who needs support who may be in residential care or live in isolation.
Those who become Shared Lives carers are carefully matched with the person they look after and receive full training and financial support. They also have access to the network of professionals behind Shared Lives, who provide practical help and advice at every stage of the process.
Some people move in with their shared lives carer, while others are regular daytime visitors. Some combine daytime and overnight visits.
If you are interested in a Shared Lives placement or becoming a Shared Lives carer, call 01482 300300.