Gillian, 54, is the training coordinator at her local carers centre. She works part time and is still very involved in caring for her family. She has three sons, two of whom have a genetic learning disability. Her first experience of returning to study was at her carers centre, where she completed an Open University course looking at ‘make your experience count’. Completing this course gave her the confidence to apply to work at the centre. She has since completed a maths course as a personal challenge.