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Blackburn woman takes part in 'Shared Lives' scheme for 14 years
2:18pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
A WOMAN from Blackburn has been sharing her life for the past 14 years through the council’s ‘Shared Lives’ scheme.
Karen Stone has been a part of the scheme that provides vulnerable adults with the chance to live with families or individuals who can offer support and encouragement so they can live independently.
The placements can last anything from one night to several weeks, or take place on a long-term basis where the person receiving support lives as part of the family.
Karen, of Old Farmside, had previously worked in caring roles throughout her career, including visiting people’s houses as part of a homecare team.
She is now a long-term carer for Ian and Roy, who both have learning difficulties.
She said: “You couldn’t do this if you didn’t enjoy it, it just wouldn’t work.
“I get along with the lads. We know each other because we have been together for so long.
“When Ian came to me he wouldn’t have gone to the shop or to the bar on his own.
“They gain a lot more confidence I think.”
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