For the last seven years, Natalie has simultaneously taken on the role of stay at home mum to her little girl and as a home carer for her own mother. When the time was right, she started to take steps to re-enter employment - but found she just wasn't getting anywhere. With support from The Prince's Trust, Natalie has recently gained employment as a Healthcare Support Worker at Cornerstone in North Ayrshire.
"My partner and I had just moved into the area and I wanted to get back into work now that my daughter was older. The last job I had was in a bar, and at the time I was applying for absolutely everything, including other bar work and cleaning roles - but I just wasn’t getting anything back after sending in my applications.
"It was then that my brother told me about The Prince’s Trust, as he had completed a course several years ago and said that it would be the perfect opportunity for me to gain experience in the workplace and to give my confidence a boost.
"At the time I was already caring for my mum as well as my mum’s friend - you know, one of your mum’s friends that is like an auntie to you, helping them both with the day-to-day things to make their life easier. When I got accepted onto the Get into course and started the training, it confirmed that working in Social Care was the job for me.
"After the training, we started a placement shadowing another Healthcare Assistant. I supported a woman who was in a wheelchair and who was actually quite independent. She'd made up her mind what she wanted to do and so we were just there to help her with her needs. She had a better social life than I do and we became good friends! Things like that really change what you think Social Care is all about.
"The course ended on my 30th birthday with a celebration event and an interview with Cornerstone for a permanent job. I found out just the next day that I was successful and I now have a job in Social Care!