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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