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Getting back to work: support and training for unpaid carers in Barking and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 11:19 31 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:32 01 November 2018

The Working for Carers scheme has been successful in helping unpaid carers gain employment or training.

The Working for Carers scheme has been successful in helping unpaid carers gain employment or training.

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Are you aged over 25 and an unpaid carer? If you want to return to employment but need practical help and support to get there, Working for Carers can help.

The scheme helps unpaid carers across eight London boroughs take the first steps back to work, which could be a training course or volunteering in your community.The scheme helps unpaid carers across eight London boroughs take the first steps back to work, which could be a training course or volunteering in your community.

Perhaps you are caring for a family member, such as a relative or child. You may be a full time or part time carer. Working for Carers supports unpaid carers aged 25 or over to move closer to employment.

Supported by its network of 24 partners, including Carers of Barking & Dagenham, Working for Carers is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.

Redbridge Carers Support Service (RCSS) wants to hear from unpaid carers living in the eight London boroughs it covers, who would like to receive free advice and guidance in their local area on how to take the first steps towards getting back into work.

The eight boroughs covered by RCSS are Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

The Working for Carers service can give you advice on writing your CV and help you to build your confidence for job interviews.The Working for Carers service can give you advice on writing your CV and help you to build your confidence for job interviews.

The support you receive after registration will be tailored to meet your individual needs. RCSS works with you to put together a programme of activities that can range from attending group workshops on confidence building or how to write a CV, through to individual help with job searching and preparing for interview.

Because of its extensive work with family carers across this region, RCSS knows that each carer has different needs, and they make sure that you get the package of help that you need to help you towards the outcome that suits you.

In the first instance that might be getting you onto a training course or introducing you to volunteering within the community – all steps moving you closer to the work environment.

The Working for Carers project has already been running across London for over a year and has been successful both in placing carers in training, volunteering and employment, and in building relationships with employers and other support agencies, some of which supply external assistance with interview preparation and even outfits for interviews.

Supported by its network of 24 partners across London, Working for Carers is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.Supported by its network of 24 partners across London, Working for Carers is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.

As the scheme enters its third year they want to build on this success and make the service known to even more carers across the eight boroughs.

So if you are a carer who meets the criteria, find out more by calling 020 8514 6251, emailing Redbridge Carers Support Service, or visiting Redbridge Carers Support Service’s website.

If you are a carer living outside these areas then help and support to get back to work is still available. For more information contact the relevant organisations that cover your area. For north west London contact Harrow Carers on 020 8868 5224; for south east London call Lewisham Carers on 020 8699 8686, and for central and south London call Camden Carers on 020 7428 8950.

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