Helping Christine to use her caring skills
The Working for Carers programme in London helped former carer Christine use her caring skills to gain work.
Christine is 61. When her husband had an accident he was left unable to care for himself or communicate his basic needs. Christine's caring role was a 24/7 commitment as she had to support her husband with all daily tasks such as food preparation, some personal care and any other daily chores.
Christine learnt to manage a group of support workers (she employed them) who helped care for her husband. This meant she developed skills such as how to write support plans and deal with timesheets.
How did Working for Carers help?
When Christine registered on the Working for Carers programme she was keen to learn about running her own care agency business but didn’t know where to start. She attended a self-employment workshop and was provided with information on self employment and running her own business. She was about to finish her business plan when sadly her husband passed away and her plans were put on hold.
When Christine got back in touch with Working for Carers she had lost the passion for her own business but still wanted to do something similar. So, she was supported to look for a job in health and social care. She also worked on her CV and attended employability workshops, applied for jobs and practiced mock interviews to build her confidence.
What was the result?
Christine very quickly found a role as a support worker that will lead her to a night team leader role in a nursing home.
"It feels great to start my career again and have all this opportunity to develop and see a brighter future, full of new challenges. I think I made my husband proud.’’
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.