When the lockdown was announced, Shared Lives Carer Gwen isolated herself completely from friends and family to ensure she could provide support for Gemma, whilst Gemma's mother was battling chemotherapy.
Gemma previously stayed with Gwen for only one night a week, so this was a big adjustment for them both.
Speaking about their time together, Gwen reflected:
"It's been fun and challenging. We've had to learn a lot about each other. Nothing stops Gemma. I've learned more from her than she could learn from me."
Having previously worked in a prison educating inmates, Gwen decided she wanted a change of career and looked to Shared Lives to continue making a difference.