“Mycare has a great family/community feel to it," says Michael Smith, a student of theology currently studying towards becoming a minister. He has found part-time work on Mycare while he studies.
“I heard about Mycare when I was working at an Elevate Camp. Another helper there told me about it,” says Michael. He signed up on his return from camp.
The work has been really varied and very rewarding. “I used to be a teacher and I was working with a five year old. The mother was concerned that he hadn’t started speaking so I started teaching him the alphabet.” It gave Michael a thrill to see the impact he could have on a young person’s life. “Just hearing him repeat the alphabet was amazing then he began saying words.”
It’s been a hard few years for me but it has been great to be able to do what I love." Michael has had some unexpected health issues which caused him to temporarily stop driving, restricting his ability to work beyond his area. “Not being able to travel has limited my working options,” says Michael.
After joining Mycare he began work with an older gentlemen who unfortunately passed away soon after Michael started working for him. “It was hard but it is part of being a support worker,” says Michael. He enjoys the challenge of picking up new skills as a support worker. “It’s interesting to learn various aspects. I had someone train me before I started working independently with him so that was really good. After that also helped someone unpack boxes because they were temporarily injured, so it’s all been quite varied.”
“The thing I like about Mycare is when a job comes up in my area I will often get a phone call (from the Mycare team). It makes me think somebody actually cares about the people,” says Michael about his experience of using Mycare to find work.
“It’s also great to be able to do what I love and have the flexibility to fit it in around my study.”
"Before Christmas I got a phone call from Mycare asking if I would be interesting in a scholarship," says Michael. "I was blown away, not only do I find work but also have the opportunity to further my studies."
Michael has begun studying towards a Level 4 Health and Wellbeing qualification thanks in part to a scholarship offered by Mycare in partnership with Kalandra Education Group. Scholarships are offered to individuals using Mycare to find work on our platform, and the qualification is able to be completed in your own time.
Michael has made outstanding progress and is well on his way to completing this qualification. Well done Michael! We look forward to seeing where this takes you in your future work.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Mycare Kalandra scholarships for Level 4 Health and Wellbeing, and finding work through Mycare please contact us on 0800 677 700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org