Mycare gave Helena the chance to use her experience to provide meaningful support within her community, and she has never looked back.
Helena Stephens worked as a nanny for around 20 years, working directly with families and their children to support them in their daily lives. While she loved her career, she felt it was time for a change. “I really enjoyed being a nanny, it’s quite empowering to know you’ve contributed to a child’s life – seeing them grow from newborns to five-year-olds or even teenagers – but I had achieved everything I wanted to in that profession.” That is when Helena discovered Mycare.
Mycare provided Helena with the freedom and opportunity she was looking for. As an independent contractor she was able to dictate what jobs she took on, when she wanted to work, and how far she was willing to travel. “I particularly enjoy the freedom that comes with Mycare, by being an independent contractor you can work as much, or as little, as you like.” Helena talked about how working through Mycare enabled a better work-life balance for her, as she had more control over the work she took on and what role her work played in her wider life.
Alongside the perks of working as a contractor, Helena also found a new passion in supporting children with disabilities. The first job Helena took on was caring for two young boys with ASD. While Helena didn’t have any experience with autism, she connected with their mum and saw this as a great learning opportunity. “Each day was really different, but I learnt so much from the kids. They taught me something new about themselves every day.”
Helena’s career change has been an empowering experience, and she now feels a renewed sense of purpose in the work she does, “it’s nice to know what I’m doing is really helping others.” Working as a contractor through Mycare suits Helena’s lifestyle, and she enjoys being able to connect directly with people in her local community and provide them with meaningful support. She is eager to see Mycare grow in her community, and the opportunities that will come from that so she can continue to grow her career and learn while supporting others.