Paul and Wendy Warne, who have been ‘Shared Lives Providers’ (carers) with Adults Supporting Adults since 2011, said: “The role is so rewarding, as you are giving something back to society.”
‘Shared Lives’ is a unique form of care whereby a person who needs support is carefully matched to live within a safe family setting, either on a long term or respite basis.
Wendy first heard about ASA when she was working as a support worker in the town, and together with her husband - who had no social care experience - she applied to become a respite provider.
The couple were approved by an independent panel to provide respite in their home, and the couple have now provided respite for 12 clients, who all have their own individual support needs for which Paul and Wendy are paid accordingly.
Wendy said: “When I see the clients happy, it makes me happy. ASA encourage us to use our own initiative but we still have to work within an identified care plan.”
Wendy and Paul hope that others will contact ASA to provide care, and added: “If you get as much from it as we do, then it will be the best thing you ever do.”
• Call 01529 416270 or visit www.asaorg.co.uk to find out more information, and apply to become an ASA carer.