CARERS’ BOSSES ‘NEED TO BE MORE FLEXIBLE’
TANIA Tillyer was forced to give up her job as a social worker after her council employer refused her request to work flexibly to care for her blind and quadriplegic son Lee.
“I did my absolute best,” said Tania, who was eventually signed off sick with exhaustion and stress. “But it was physically impossible for me to do those hours alongside my role as a mum, carer and wife.”
The mum of four, from Whittlebury, Northants, with husband Bryan, 52, Lee and youngest son Kyle, 20, added: “The council finally offered me a part-time role, but it turned out to be too little, too late. I wasn’t in any fit state to carry on.
“Lee needs care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He’s been totally unable to do anything for himself since he was brain damaged during resuscitation after an illness when he was just one year old.
“I studied hard for my career, and with a bit of support I could still be contributing in the very important area of child social work and earning a living. There’s no doubt employers need to be more flexible.”
Tania Tillyer with son Lee and husband Brian