Our Shared Lives Team works tirelessly to make a huge difference to the people we support. 2020 brought many different challenges and one of them was working from home. So, we caught up with Maggie Jackson, our Shared Lives Scheme Worker and Champion in Autism to learn about her daily routine.
There are always some wonderful moments to each day. So today, I will focus on the best bits and hope that you are managing to focus on the best parts of each day too.
I start the day when the alarm goes off. I am not going to tell you what time that is as I am ashamed at the lateness. Then we begin to talk about who showers first? Is anyone in the mood for a cup of tea? It sounds like there are hundreds of us. But no, just my husband and I.
I work in my son’s old bedroom and like many of us, I have transformed it into a home office this year. A fold up table from Homebase – which is a godsend and I have just invested in a fabulous new chair that makes me feel like an office princess!
Today I worked through the morning and Shared Lives always delivers a huge variety of interesting phone calls and discussions. Sometimes I feel more like a detective, working out the best course of action. How to help? who to help first? and keeping up with training and documents.
My daughter sometimes works from home, so we stop for a proper cappuccino at a time that suits us all. I miss the summer as we would always have this together sitting in the garden – we would freeze if we tried now.
I was on the phone when my wonderful daughter appeared with a cheese and ham toastie. I have not had one for ages and it is my favourite, so that made me very happy!
I persuaded Martin, my husband, to come for a walk with me in the park just across the road. Inside the park there is a beautiful garden that was planted by my neighbours, who have also created a community orchard where anyone can pick the fruit and berries that grow there.
The afternoon zips past and a couple of cups of tea later it is time to put away the work and sort out dinner. Every day this is a major discussion and today will be no different! Pasta with cheesy leeks and mushrooms.
We are all budding master chefs in our house, so everything cooked comes with a total analysis. Leeks must be cooked in butter and mushrooms dry fried with butter and salt added as they squeak. Followed by a full review of the highs and lows of the sauce and the meal in general.