This week, Emma and her MacIntyre Shared Lives carer Lynette introduced BBC Radio Essex’s Sadie Nine to MacIntyre’s Shared Lives.
For Emma and Lynette, Shared Lives was simply the beginning. For Emma, Shared Lives has provided her with a loving family. For Lynette, Shared Lives has introduced her to a friend for life.
Emma has lived with Lynette and her two children for 6 years and is certainly a key part of their family.
Speaking to radio host Sadie Nine on BBC Radio Essex’s ‘Sadie Nine at Nine’, Lynette said:
“The best thing about working with Shared Lives is feeling rewarded and being part of the young adult's journey, where I’m able to help them improve and be more independent. ”
When asked about how she found living with Lynette and her family at first, Emma said:
“It was fun meeting my new family. We didn't know each other at first, but I got used to new people. “
Referring to Lynette, Emma added:
“Lynette is an amazing mum. She always takes care of me and helps me.”
Not only has Emma grown up under Lynette’s care, where she has supported her to develop independent living skills, but Emma was also supported to pursue her passions, which includes drama. Emma’s talents have led her to play the lead character ‘Sophie’ in her drama classes’ performance of Mamma Mia.
Deirdre Lyman, Frontline Manager for MacIntyre Shared Lives Essex said:
“We match people so they do become part of the family”
“I feel very proud, especially when I see Emma at her shows. With Shared Lives, you really do have a friend for life.”
You can listen to the full interview at 30:13 on the BBC Radio Essex website.