A Dorset lady with a passion for sailing has been able to carry on her love of the water sport thanks to the help of a live-in carer from Promedica24.
Valerie meets regularly at her local Sailability club to take to the water with a group of sailors, including fellow Promedica24 client, Joan, and their respective carers, Barbara and Zaneta.
Promedica24 care team Barbara and Zaneta spotted each other while shopping with Valerie and Joan, they were both introduced and their friendship blossomed, now regularly meeting for catch-ups and afternoon tea.
Valerie and Joan are transported to Chesil Sailability by their carers, where they are helped into the boats and given support to sail.
Mark Muller, Promedica24’s Regional Partner for Dorset, Hampshire and the New Forest, commented: “We have always reiterated the message that live-in care enables people to retain their independence and continue to enjoy all of the interests and hobbies that they love.
“We always encourage our clients to take an active part in community life and try our hardest to ensure that they can partake in activities regardless of any restrictions they might face. I’m chuffed that Valerie has been able to pick up her love of sailing once more and has made a firm friend for life whilst doing so.”
Valerie and Joan are enjoying an active social life and recently attended the Sailability Christmas party and an afternoon tea together, providing each other with continued friendship and companionship.
Sailability is a national programme that enables people with disabilities or support needs to get a feel for sailing and develop their skills.