How Working for Carers helped Simon with volunteering
Simon is a carer who was supported into voluntary work by the Working for Carers programme in London.
Simon is 62 and was made redundant five years ago. Since then has been caring for his elderly mother. He supports her daily by helping with medication, preparing meals, helping with her mobility, keeping her home tidy, keeping supplies and equipment in order and taking her to medical appointments. He is now looking to return to work in social care, on a part-time/flexible basis.
How did Working for Carers help?
Simon's personal employment adviser helped with support in creating a CV, finding and paying for an IT course, advice on searching for work online, registering with job search sites and finding a volunteering opportunity. Simon was also supported to purchase a mobile phone – allowing him to be contacted by potential employers.
What was the result?
Simon is now volunteering with two organisations that support people in the community with a view to securing a job in the care sector. He is also looking to complete further training while volunteering to build on his skills and experience.
"My goal is to gain employment in the care sector for an organisation that helps people with a disability have as much independence as possible.”
Identities of carers have been changed in the interest of privacy.
About Working for Carers
Working for Carers ran between October 2016 and June 2023 and was funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund. The project supported unpaid carers in London to move into or closer to employment.