Sue and Brian are Shared Lives Carers and have supported Sarah on a respite basis since she was 9 years old.

When Sarah turned 18, Sue and Brian registered as carers with the Shared Lives Scheme in order to continue to offer respite to Sarah as an adult. This service gives Sarah a regular, consistent, home-from-home break, it also gives a break to Sarah’s parents who have the peace of mind that Sarah is with a family that she knows well and loves.

Sarah’s mother says that she feels that Sarah has become a part of Sue and Brian’s family and friendship group and she feels reassured that they understand Sarah’s needs and are helping her to develop her independent living skills. Sue and Brian encourage Sarah to be as independent as possible and enjoy supporting her with tasks such as cooking and everyday tasks.

Sarah has respite with Sue and Brian for a weekend every six weeks and a few extra nights during the summer. The weekends are always well planned; Sue and Brian discuss the options and Sarah has the ultimate decision as to what activities they do - usually going to the cinema, bowling, board games, meals out or day trips to the seaside.

To find out more about Bury Shared Lives, please click here.