A Deeping St Nicholas couple are celebrating 25 years of caring for other adults by helping them to develop skills to be independent.
Helen and Ian McDonald, both 67, have been providing support to people from within their own home since 1991.
The McDonalds are part of Adults Supporting Adults (ASA), a countywide organisation that supports some 300 people to live in the community through a variety of different resources and who have recently been recognised nationally for their efforts.
They became involved with ASA after seeing an advert in the local paper many years ago and the role really appealed to Helen, who was previously a nurse.
With four children at home, she wanted to remain in the caring industry, but find something that could fit around her family commitments.
Having welcomed Phil (52) and William (39) into their home more than 20 years ago, Helen said: “People asked where we would find the time to commit to such a role, but we have found that having clients coming to live with us has really enriched our family and community life.
“From a very early age our children have learned to accept that we are all different and it has helped break down barriers with friends and neighbours with views about learning disability and mental illness.
“Both the gentlemen who live with us have been here for many years and have gone on to develop their own social networks in the local area, which has created lots of new and exciting individual opportunities.”
If you are interested in becoming an Extended Stay or Respite Provider or would like to find out more about what Adults Supporting Adults have to offer, then please call: 01529 416270 or visit the website at www.asaorg.co.uk