Fife family finds lifeline with Kirkcaldy additional needs charity, Nourish

A family from Dunfermline has found a lifeline during the pandemic by reaching out to Kirkcaldy-based additional needs support group, Nourish.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 11:57 am

Emma Pauley has joined its carers support group after becoming increasingly isolated during lockdown.

Emma said: “I am blessed with two gorgeous girls - my eldest Kasie is 10 and my youngest Millie is eight.

"Millie has a very rare genetic mutation called TUBA1a, which means that she has a long list of complex care needs that includes a learning disability, epilepsy, muscular skeletal issues, among others – she requires 24 hour one-to-one support with all aspects of life.

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Emma Pauley and partner John McGuinness with their daughters Kasie and Millie McGuinness.

"Homelife was like a pressure cooker as I tried to juggle work, care needs and homeschooling – life as a carer can be isolating, and peer to peer support is invaluable.

"I reached out to Nourish to join their carers support group as I was feeling very isolated, sad, lonely and disconnected from the world around me.”

It was then that Emma realised she wasn’t alone - there were other families out there who were facing similar challenges.

"Nourish welcomed myself and my family with open arms,” she said. “They understand how hard life is when you have to juggle complex care needs of a loved one.

"There never feels like there are enough hours in the day to get everything done and they understand the chronic exhaustion that I was going through.

"What I love most about Nourish is that their staff have lived experience, they take a holistic approach to their support services, they offer advice, activities, moral support, and help with financial strains.

“They recognise the needs of the whole family, and have virtually held my hand through the latter part of the pandemic and I cannot thank them enough for the support I have received.

Emma adds that if any other families are struggling to cope to not hesitate in seeking help. “Don’t wait until you are feeling overwhelmed or in crisis before you reach out,” she added. “There are fantastic charities such as Nourish who can help, and without their support life would have been even harder.

“Nourish is an amazing charity, and I cannot stress enough how the support they provided has positively contributed to my mental health.”

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