How the Working for Carers programme in London helped Harini gain confidence and a job.

Harini is 47 and has been caring for her husband who has mental health issues for the last seven years with very limited time to herself. She has three children who are now grown up with the youngest in high school. 

Harini decided she would like to find work after her husband’s condition worsened and he was hospitalised. She found out about the Working for Carers programme and decided to give it a try.

How did Working for Carers help?

Harini worked with her employment personal adviser to identify her main barriers to finding work which were a lack of confidence and being unsure where to start. She chose group workshops and one-to-one support as a first step to overcoming these hurdles. 

She was also interested in volunteering to gain experience and secured a role at a local carers service where she flourished. She was then supported to apply for paid roles.

What was the result?

Harini applied for and was offered, a part- time paid job working as a care assistant.

Since joining the programme my outlook to work has completed changed and I have more purpose in life.”

Further information

Find out more about the free Working for Carers service in London and how it can support carers.

Identities of carers have been changed in the interest of privacy.