Councillor takes on rewarding role

Caring coupple - William and Amanda Fitzaden Gray EMN-151119-141702001
Caring coupple - William and Amanda Fitzaden Gray EMN-151119-141702001

A district councillor from Kirby-on-Bain is tackling a rewarding new challenge.

William Fitzaden-Gray and his wife Mandy have been approved as Shared Lives providers by Adults Supporting Adults (ASA).

It means the couple can now offer respite and short breaks for people with disabilities and mental illness from their own home at Rose Cottage.

William 51,explains: “I found out about ASA and the services they provide through my position as a District Councillor and later more so in my work with Penderels Trust.

“I was drawn towards the role as I had been a family carer, so personally recognise the need for the right support and my portfolio as a Councillor involves providing services for vulnerable adults.

“After a discussion with my wife, we made contact with ASA and so began a very lengthy but thorough assessment of our suitability to become providers.

“ASA are extremely professional in their approach, which is re-assuring given the nature of their work in approving and supervising such arrangements.”

William was full of praise for the training and support the couple received.

He added: “ At the end of the process, we were invited to meet an Independent Panel that approved us as providers.

“ It was a little bit daunting but it was good to know that they wanted to find out who we were and our motivation for taking on the role.”

Mandy 48, said: ‘We felt really involved during the assessment process and I would encourage anyone considering such a role to give ASA a call. It’s so rewarding and I can say that after our first respite arrangement recently, it was far more than we expected.”

○ Interested in becoming a Shared Lives Provider? Call ASA on 01529 416270.