Lauren, 41, has been caring for her husband who has mental health issues for the last four years. She accompanies him to all his clinical and hospital appointments, does all household chores and looks after her young son.
Lauren and her employment personal adviser identified that she was interested in volunteering within the community as a mentor or counsellor but her self-confidence was low. She was worried that she would be unable to follow through on this area of interest.
How did Working for Carers help?
Lauren was supported to find a volunteering role as a mentor, and was helped with interview techniques and questions to help boost her confidence. She surprised herself on how well she did at the interview. She was offered a volunteering role and additionally given training in the process. She also enrolled on a six week counselling course that would assist her voluntary work.
What was the result?
Lauren excelled on the counselling course and was offered a follow-up course for another year. She also received funding to buy the required books for the course.
A project like this from Working For Carers should be extended to all carers out in the community like myself.”
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.