Mary is a carer who was supported to go back to work by the Working for Carers programme in London. 

About Mary 

Mary is a 71-year-old woman who is caring for her 90-year-old mother who has Alzheimer's disease and dementia and can no longer get out of bed. Her mother needs 24-hour care and Mary has been her primary carer for the last seven years. Mary recently started getting support from the local authority to help with her mother so she felt it was her time to get back into employment. She was given a Working For Carers project leaflet by her local carer service and referred to the Working for Carers project. 

How did Working for Careers help?

After Mary's personal employment adviser assessed Mary’s needs, he ascertained that she needed a confidence boost and a little help to improve her job searching techniques, her CV and cover letter. She was given regular face-to-face support and phone mentoring, helping her to improve her confidence in searching for a new permanent position. Mary expressed interest in going back into employment as a care assistant as well as upskilling opportunities or suitable training in this field. 

Mary attended all of the Working for Carers workshops which included Induction and Positivity, CV Writing, Interview Techniques and the Job Club. With every session Mary grew in confidence and her personal employment adviser helped her update her CV and cover letter so that she was ready to job search and complete applications.  

What was the result?

Mary found a role she was interested in as a part-time care assistant at a care home and was supported to apply. She was given an interview and offered the job.

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.