Prior to becoming a full-time carer for his wife after she suffered a major stroke, Les was employed as a Manufacturing Manager. Les first got involved with the Stroke Association after his wife was invited to help with their allotment group, as this was one of her main hobbies before the stroke. Les went along and learned about Tempo Time Credits and saw it as an opportunity to engage in activities he couldn’t usually afford, as a result of his personal circumstances.
Les now earns Tempo Time Credits in many ways, including:
• Admin support in his local Stroke Association office, helping to manage Tempo Time Credits.
• Helping to organise and run the community choir once a month.
• Helping out regularly at Know Your Blood Pressure events, the allotment and the advice café.
How Les Spends his Tempo Time Credits
Les mainly uses his Tempo Time Credits on going to the gym and taking his family on days out. He loves to treat his grandson with activities like the Puddleton Pirates indoor play area in Chorley or visiting the Blackpool Tower. Les thinks it great he can spend his Tempo Time Credits in this way as he had to give up work to care for his wife. Without Tempo Time Credits he would not have been able to fund the activities himself. Les’ wife’s disability ‘hit [them] very hard’ financially and socially. Tempo Time credits means that Les can still get out and do things.
“What a great idea and opportunity for both parties in a win-win situation.”