Angela is 53 and has been caring for her daughter for the last 20 years. She started the Working for Carers programme because she wanted to build on skills she had gained from her caring role and wanted to earn an income through employment.
She was also lacking in confidence and unsure how she would get back into employment as she had not worked for several years.
How did Working for Carers help?
Angela attended workshops in CV Writing and Interview Techniques and the Job Club to help build her confidence. One-to-one sessions with her personal employment adviser helped her focus her interests on a Chaplaincy course. She planned to fund this through part-time employment and self-employment.
What was the result?
Angela enrolled on a full-time Chaplaincy course. Once her CV was completed, she also applied for and was offered a position with a care company. Working for Carers also helped with the cost of interview clothes.
The programme also supported her to register her catering company with Companies House and paid for her to attend a food and hygiene course so she could start operating her business straight away.
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.