Rosa had what she needed to rejoin the workforce; she just didn’t know where to start.

She rang Carers South Australia looking for help when she learned about Your Caring Way.

She’s been a carer for her two children with autism for 25 years now. One passed away, and she still cares for her 21-year-old son.

Ten years ago, she used to work part-time as a Retail Assistant, but had to stop working due to her caring responsibilities.

Wanting to pursue better opportunities, she joined Your Caring Way six months ago.

“My coach Dennis was a great help and encouraged me a lot.”

“I didn’t know where to start. I’ve been a carer for so long, I’m not up with the technology.”

“He gave me some examples on how to put my resume together. I had to get a laptop to do that. I had three coaching sessions which were very helpful. It helped me bolster my confidence.”

Because Rosa is also a great cook, she thought about joining the hospitality industry.

“I thought I would have been good in the kitchen. I learnt a lot from my mother.”

“My friends usually tell me I’m a good cook. I usually have friends over having a meal.”

With her newfound self-confidence, she decided to take action.

“I put a post on Facebook saying ‘I’m looking to get back into the workforce. I have no skills; would you be willing to help me come into your cafe and get some experience?’”

“I also did a barista course. A friend reached out to me and said, ‘I have a café you can come here.’”

“After a couple of weeks, she was visiting the shop and asked me to do something. She left a recipe for arancini balls.”

“She was amazed at how quickly I made these and said your skills need to be put into the workplace.”

“I’ve been at the café for four months. I usually go there on Fridays and Saturdays.”

“And now I’ve started my own business. I just needed some work experience to get started.”

“I realised I had more skills than being only a waitress or a barista. I make my own lasagnas. So, I started making them for the café- gluten-free, vegetarian, etc.”

“I also started my own cooking page on Facebook- ‘Rosa’s Homecooking’, and then my friends started ordering.”

“I have normal traditional Italian lasagna, fettuccini, gnocchi, Bolognese sauce and vegetarian sauces on offer.”

“All I’m doing is word of mouth, basically from what I post on my Facebook page.”

Since then, Rosa hasn’t looked back.

“One of the things my coach told me was that I had so much experience. He gave me the confidence to think I can do things. My Placement Officer, Shauna, was also great.”

“Setting up the business at home took some time but I got there. I needed to get some equipment, my oven broke down, so I had to get a new one.”

She continues to work on her business and on herself. She wants to get more out of life.

“I’m actually applying for a job at the moment. My Placement Officer told me they were looking for a Support Worker in my area. Hopefully, I’ll get to do that part-time. We’ll see.”

“I’m going to be working as a Support Worker, run my business as well and hopefully build that up.

Right now, she couldn’t be more grateful, and she is looking forward to her future.

“I’m thinking of doing other courses. Maybe offering some of my meals to NDIS providers.”

“Your Caring Way has been very supportive. They gave me the confidence to get out there and do something with my life. They have been fantastic I didn’t know where to start and I wouldn’t be here without them.”