Where else can carers go for help?
Finding work as a carer can be a daunting task. The good news is that there is support available for carers trying to get back into the workplace, request flexible working, and understand their legal and financial rights.
In addition to the advice you can find on Timewise Jobs, here’s our guide to job-focused places of support for carers.
Work Preparation Support
For carers who want to start work, or return to it, there is help to make the leap. Carers can apply for Work Preparation Support from the Department of Work and Pensions, through Jobcentre Plus. Carers are allocated a work coach, who can offer one-to-one support and advice tailored to your individual needs, and work with you on a regular basis to help you find the right role. For more information and to access a one-off interview, contact Jobcentre Plus on 0845 604 3719.
Carers UK is the country's leading campaign and support group for carers. On their website you can find Upfront, a free tool to help guide new carers through the maze of benefits and entitlements. There’s also a fact sheet with information on the right to time off work in emergencies, as well as information on getting additional support, when you’re in work, for you and the person you are caring for.
Employers for Carers
In 2009, Centrica founded Employers for Carers, a collective of companies who want to support their employees who are carers. The organisation offers extensive practical and wellbeing resources on juggling work and caring. On the website, you can also find the list of member companies that advocate employing and supporting carers.
National Careers Services
Whilst the information isn’t specifically tailored to the needs of carers, the National Careers Service website is a great springboard for those wanting to get back into the workforce, but don’t know where to start. There are over 800 job profiles to provide inspiration, and the Skills Health Check - a set of quizzes to help you explore your skills, interest and motivations. Additionally, you can contact an advisor for free on 0800 100 900.
Jobcentre Plus - work experience and volunteering
If you’ve been out of the workforce for some time, volunteering or work experience are great ways to build up skills on your CV. Jobcentre Plus also offers a Work Trial service, when you spend at least 16 hours a week with a potential employer to see if it’s a good fit.
Flexible working is essential for many carers, and it helps to know your legal rights. Citizens Advice has extensive information on statutory and non-statutory flexible working, and what to do if your request is denied.
The Money Advice Service
Make sure you’re not missing out on any benefits or tax credits for carers, which could supplement your earnings.
It may be that you want to meet with other carers locally, to find support or talk to them about their experiences of finding flexible work in your area. Log on to Carers Trust, pop in your location and the site will provide you with contact information for local groups.