Janette is a mother and carer supporting her 28-year-old son Joshua who lives with schizophrenia.

She was his full-time carer for 26 years, until he moved out two years ago, after accessing the NDIS.

Since then, her caring role has changed and so has her life.

“I check in with him every day; sometimes I have to come in and help with something or talk to his support workers,” she says.

“We are in communication all day, and he comes to our place every weekend.”

Janette had also been out of work for two years, and because of the pandemic, she was having a tough time getting her professional confidence back.

“There was so much going on in my life. You never really relax. That’s one of the hardest things for carers,” she said.

She found it very challenging to return to the workforce and even started doubting herself.

After joining Your Caring Way and with newfound confidence, Janette is now working part-time as an Employment Mentor with Applied Abilities.

“I work 15 hours a week. I have three clients. I do one day in the office and the other days I’m on the road.”

“It’s really good to be back at work.”

When asked about her experience with Your Caring Way, she added:

“The experience with Your Caring Way has made me believe in myself again. I was out of work due to COVID. After a few months, I started to feel isolated.”

“I reached out to Your Caring Way and received a call from Evelyn, my vocational coach.

After quite a few phone calls and Zoom meetings, I started to feel better about myself and I was then introduced to Leona, my Business Development Officer.

I have had so much support building my confidence and helping me write resumes, cover letters, and prepare for interviews, I didn't even feel nervous going for job interviews because I felt prepared.

I did the Skills for Success course on Zoom, and it was great connecting with other carers and learning from them.

I started looking for a part-time job after a few stops and starts due to my caring role and COVID; I finally have a part-time job after two years.

I'm helping young people write resumes, cover letters, and find work.

I have learned so many skills and I feel confident to ask if I don't understand or know something.

I believe in myself again and couldn't have done this without the help of Leona and Carers Queensland.

Thank you for everything you do for carers.”