Sharing your home is a ‘very rewarding role’

Sue Renner, 65, from Toft, has been sharing her home life with others as a respite provider with Adults Supporting Adults since 2011. EMN-150316-114035001

Sue Renner, 65, from Toft, has been sharing her home life with others as a respite provider with Adults Supporting Adults since 2011. EMN-150316-114035001

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A woman who shares her home with others to give vulnerable adults the chance to live in the community is calling on people to do the same.

Sue Renner, 65, from Toft, has been a respite provider for Adults Supporting Adults since 2011.

The Lincolnshire-based organisation helps about 300 people in the county through a range of means. One such service is called shared lives, whereby a vulnerable adult is carefully matched to share someone’s home either on a full-time or respite basis.

The respite provider then supports that person to become part of their family and develop the necessary skills to be a part of the community and develop their own social networks.

Sue first found out about Adults Supporting Adults while working part-time as a community nurse at Bourne Health Clinic.

“All but one of my five children have grown up and left home, so I had the time, a spare room and I thought the concept of shared lives, for someone to come and actually stay with my family was truly amazing,” she said.

“I wanted to give something back to the community and to be honest I also thought it would provide new friendships for my daughter, Juliette, who has a learning disability. I applied, and after my disclosure and barring service checks, very thorough training and an in-depth assessment over a number of months, I was approved as a respite provider by an independent panel.”

Sue enjoys sharing a variety of activities with the people she takes into her home, from cooking together and gardening to caring for her many pets.

Sue hopes to encourage others to sign up.

She said: “If anyone was thinking of becoming a shared lives provider, I would say it is a very rewarding role. Obviously you are paid, but it is much more than that. To see someone enjoying themselves, trying out new things and creating new memories is what it’s all about.”

She added: “I must be doing something right as the same clients keep coming back and I have a good relationship with their families.”

Call 01529 416270 or visit www.asaorg.co.uk.