“My name is Catherine. Most of the time I live at home with my parents, my brother and my sister. I started to use the Shared Lives scheme after leaving school, when I begun to take short breaks with a carer in her home in Salford. This has allowed both myself and my family to take short breaks when we need them.
I like to take part in community activities twice a week with my sessional carer, Stephanie. We go to drama, dance and Curling sessions. Sometimes I like to go to a cafe for breakfast or lunch, plus I also really enjoy looking at the shops. I like to spend time with Stephanie because I think she understands me very well.”