When Jordan Conroy's dad unexpectedly passed away in 2020, Jordan found himself struggling financially. A care worker for people with learning disabilities, grindingly low pay had left him without any savings . "I read something about the average funeral being between £3,000 to £4,000 and neither my sisters or I had that sort of money," he said. "My Dad had no savings or life insurance." Jordan works for a social care charity, Community Integrated Care, which was able to offer help from a wellbeing fund. "When I found out I'd been awarded the money, I cried because the feelings were so overwhelming," the 27-year-old from Portsmouth says. "Being on a low wage can feel really degrading." Natasha Gleed says catching Covid was ‘frightening financially’ ( Image: Collect) She said carers always deal with ‘very challenging behaviour’ ( Image: Collect) During Covid, care worker Natasha Gleed, 42, moved into the Swindon care service she works in, to protect residents and her family at home. Yet when she later caught the virus herself – working for a new home where she was in a probationary period – she found out she didn't qualify for sick pay. "It was frightening financially," says Natasha,… Read full this story
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