Rona has been on the scheme for 14 years:
“There have definitely been ups and downs, she laughs.
I’ve had some loveable rogues but you’ve got to give them a chance because everyone makes mistakes and some of them haven’t had the best time before they come to us.
It’s so fulfilling to see the change in them as you help them – that’s what it makes it worthwhile. I’ve even been to a wedding for one of the young people that stayed with me.
“I met the young people in her home and I thought “I can help them”.
At first I covered emergencies and it was heart-breaking to see young people having nowhere to go but even then I’ve seen them move on to better things.
Now I have longer term placements and even though I work full time it works well.
There’s so many positives having young people in your home, it’s a lovely feeling when they are on the up and you feel so sad for them when things go wrong.
Everybody needs someone to support them and these young people haven’t always got that so if feels really good to be able to help. ”