CARERS IN TOUCH
Linda Porter (59), spent nine years working as a railway station buffet supervisor but had to give up full-time work to care for husband, Duane (56). Duane had a stroke at the age of 29 and he’s been partially disabled since then but Linda said she doesn’t regard him as a disabled person, just her husband. “He’s just Duane, he’s my husband and I love him,” says Linda. “I don’t regard myself as his carer but I know I am.” Linda uses the skills she learned while working to volunteer two days a week in a community café and wants to encourage others. “I volunteer twice a week and highly recommend it. Duane knows where I am and he can contact me if he needs me. It also gives me a break from caring and I meet new people.” Linda recently joined Carers in Touch to support other carers.