Myra and Win - Shared Lives - 'it's a special relationship'

Posted on
02 July 2019

Myra has provided day support to Win for about seven or eight years after they met through Myra’s volunteer dog walking for Win’s dog, Meg.

‘A friend had suggested I went to a Shared Lives meeting and I really liked the idea, so when I became a carer, I told Win I thought it would be perfect for her; she’d lost a lot of mobility and couldn’t drive any more, her friends and family had moved away or gone. She applied and that was that – we’ve a lot in common and it’s a special relationship.
Sometimes we just sit and chat for a couple of hours, we go shopping, out for lunch, or I help her with her paperwork, or things like registering with a doctor; such a wide variety of jobs, it's almost like extended family.  We both come from the same area of Radcliffe, there's an age gap of 30 years, but there's a lot of things she'll confide in me. It's about the way we talk to each other as well - she'll slip into dialect sometimes and I can understand that. Win feels a bit left behind because younger generations don't understand - it's that connectivity and sense of place; knowing the same people; still feeling involved. It's sharing activities too; we like shared activities anyway, she likes to go out - she can't walk very far but we can still get out and about because I can take her, so it's a lot.’

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