Meet Annette, a devoted mother of 9 children, and a caring wife. Annette’s life took on new dimensions when she found herself providing care for her youngest daughter. This responsibility, along with caring for her husband, placed Annette on a remarkable caring journey.
Her path towards empowerment and personal growth started when she learned about Carers WA through Silver Chain.
“I heard about Carers WA through Silver Chain, since being linked with Carers WA I have completed the Be Job Ready Course, and I’m getting help from the Education and Employment Support for Carers Program,” shares Annette.
Participating in these programs has given her the confidence to not only care for others but also to invest in herself. Annette’s journey is a testament to the fact that carers, like her, need support and resources to create a balance in their lives. This newfound confidence empowered her to update her resume and gave her the self-assurance to explore new horizons.
Annette’s journey doesn’t stop there. She has now taken on the role of Volunteer Coordinator for the Social Support group in the Ellenbrook/Aveley area, where carers can enjoy a friendly chat over coffee.
“I never knew there was help for carers until I was linked up with Carers WA. I now know that us carers also need support, and there is help out there. We just need to stop being proud and ashamed; we need to ask for help,” Annette reflects.
Annette’s story is a reminder that carers possess a wealth of valuable and transferable skills. The Carers in Employment programs recognise the potential carers bring to the workforce, offering support for those seeking to enter or re-enter employment and assisting employers in creating carer-friendly workplaces.
A fundamental part of this program is the Be Job Ready Course, tailored to nurture key job-related skills and techniques. Additionally, the new Employment Support for Carers program assists in selecting and enrolling carers in accredited training, offers access to a financial assistance package to help achieve career goals, and provides support with resume building and interview skills.
To find out more about the Carers in Employment program, click here.
Image: Michelle L, Carers in Employment Program Educator (left), with Annette (right).