Shelly and her husband Mark can't help but smile as they talk about their journey as respite carers with St Saviours Anglicare.
"Respite care is something we wanted to do for a while," Shelly said. "We knew there were a lot of children who were in situations where they weren't receiving the care and attention that they needed.
"We felt this was something we could do together with passion and commitment."
Respite care fits in with Shelly and Mark's lives, allowing them to plan and give focused time and attention to the young person they care for one weekend a month.
"We like to go for bike rides," Mark said. "The physical activity really helps to settle him and is really good for helping him cope with anxiety."
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Looking for precious moments of connection and healing is what motivates Mark and Shelly, with Mark recalling a recent incident when the young person thanked him during a challenging bike ride. "I asked him why he was thanking me," Mark said. "He said he was thanking me for encouraging him."
Despite not being full-time carers, the couple are delighted to see that their decision is making a difference in a young person's life, and recommend the option to others interested in becoming carers.
St Saviours Anglicare provide Foster Care and Therapeutic Home Based Care. To find out more visit the website: stsaviours.org.au.