Posted 02:35PM on Monday 17 October 2016
The Families Matter Shared Lives Service offered by Positive Futures is a model of support which provides family based provision for people with a learning disability, acquired brain injury or autistic spectrum condition. Volunteer Shared Lives Carers are from all walks of life and they provide support in long term permanent arrangements or short breaks, in their own homes. The people we support, their families and Shared Lives Carers find this a very rewarding experience and both they and their family circles have many stories of how their lives are enriched through these experiences.
Through the Families Matter Shared Lives Service, Stephanie and Martin Kenny provide a regular short break for Ann and Bill, who both have a learning disability. Stephanie and Martin say that they: “Gain so much from having them in our lives.”
Stephanie and Martin support Ann and Bill to get involved in a whole range of social and leisure activities which enables them to be part of the local community, enhancing their life experiences and promoting their independence.
“We can honestly say giving up a few Saturdays a month to give Ann and Bill new opportunities and to help their families by enabling them to have a break from their caring responsibilities, has been without a doubt one of the best things we have ever done. Our own family really enjoy having these special people in their lives also.”
Ann’s family also really value this support which they say “we would be lost without and it also allows us to recharge our batteries, secure in the knowledge that Ann is in a safe and nurturing environment.“