Pete and his wife have worked in the care sector for over 10 years as support workers and have been part of organisations including Community Integrated Care and Four Seasons Care Group. With numerous health issues and mounting debts, the family approached The Care Workers Charity to help with the cost of new beds and bedding for their children and new born baby.
Pete shares his story:
My partner and I have been full time employees within the care sector for over 10 years, but numerous health conditions had pushed us into severe financial hardship during a time we were meant to be looking after our children. I knew that remaining silent and wallowing in a difficult situation could be a time bomb for family separation and long term poverty, so I was relieved when The Care Worker’s Charity (CWC) website popped up on my staff computer while on an afternoon shift at work.
Listening to my circumstances
I clicked on the website, viewed the contents and sent an enquiry message about my family’s circumstance and our need for some support. Consulting Citizens Advice and reliable charities like the CWC for an assessment of your circumstances is an important first step at least for the sake of your family. CWC checked my eligibility for a grant and listened to the description of my situation and things have never been the same since the successful outcome of my application.
Keeping a promise
Receiving support from CWC was never a right but a privileged support. They were patient with me and the responses to my requests were helpful. Things have positively changed, especially for my children. To them, it was like a promise was made and fulfilled. It was good to learn that an organisation is grateful for the work my wife and I do and exists specifically to help frontline care workers overcome financial difficulties. Things have never been the same since the arrival of the children’s bunk beds and accessories. Our baby now thinks her little bed is her ‘own bedroom’ and she can sleep longer at night, while our older children now see bedtime as ‘happy time’.
How we can help you
Our confidential grants service is here to help you on your rainy day by preventing you from facing financial hardship alone.
If you have worked in the care sector and are experiencing financial hardship brought upon by an unexpected or sudden drop in income, ill health, injury, bereavement, change in living circumstances or a relationship breakdown we may be able to offer you support.
Please visit our grants page to find out more and apply.