Two young people with complex needs who live at the same supported living service in The Wirral have announced their engagement.
Shelley (25) and Simon (28) (pictured) are part of the supported living community at Arrowe Hall, which is home to 23 individuals with learning disabilities, mental health needs or acquired brain injury. It is run by private support provider Regard.
“When I first moved into Arrowe Hall I was very shy, I couldn’t look at people in the face when I was talking to them, but now I am very loud and a great character to be around,” said Shelley.
“We got engaged at my birthday party – Simon got down on one knee and gave me a ring.
“We like going out to eat together, the cinema, watching DVD’s and annoying each other. We have a hamster together which Simon keeps in his flat.
“He cooks for me so I don’t burn down the kitchen. I love Simon and I will marry him one day – I have just got to get him well trained first.”
Arrowe Hall’s service manager, Stephanie Duncan, said: “Simon has lived with us since 2014 and is passionate about Arrowe Hall, which is a very interesting and attractive stately home.
“He’s keen to put together a written record of the 181-year-old house, and is always researching whatever he can about its architecture and history.
“Shelley has brought out his romantic side, and it’s lovely to see how happy they are in each other’s company.”