Shared lives carers go the whole hog to support service user
RC is a Shared Lives service user who has been volunteering at a not-for-profit sanctuary for pigs that have been rescued from different situations. The haven is called Pigs in the Wood and is based in the village of Scissett, Huddersfield where the pigs roam free and live naturally. The wood is currently home to 20 pigs that are cared for by a team of volunteers who work 7 days a week, one of which is RC.
Hands on helping
RC has been a volunteer for 4 years and is committed to helping the cause. Recently, he has been involved with making some pig boards that are used to guide the pigs when they need to be moved around the sanctuary. His creativity and hard work has helped to keep costs down. By using items found at home and from local merchants, he created several signs to help. RC is always looking for new and innovative ways to help the sanctuary.
Dedicated to the cause
RC’s carer is a great baker. He noticed this and asked his carer to bake a vegan cake for the upcoming Pig gig which is a
fundraising event. He wanted a cake that could be auctioned and so together with his carer he came up with the idea of having a pig face cake. The cake turned out better than expected and raised an impressive £50. His carer said, ‘Pigs in The Wood helped RC grow, helped him feel part of the community and offered him a sense of belonging’.
RC’s carers were overjoyed with the experience that they had with RC as his carers and said, ‘the satisfaction that we get from providing respite care for individuals like RC is that we can pass on our life skills to benefit him. Working with such individuals is very inspiring as you get an end product i.e. pig boards which you know you have helped him achieve.’
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