1 in 9 working people are also unpaid carers

It can be a real struggle for carers who are combining their work with caring for a loved one who is old, disabled or seriously ill.

Working for Carers
is a London-wide project that supports unpaid carers,
aged 25 or over, to move closer to employment.
The project is led by Carers Trust and delivered by its network of 24 partners across
London, and is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund.

Working for Carers aims to:

  • Support carers to pursue their employment goals through confidence building
  • and skills development.
  • Offer a flexible service that considers individual needs and ambitions.
  • Engage with local businesses and organisations to create employment, training and volunteering opportunities for carers.
  • Highlight the benefits of employing carers, adopting carer friendly policies, and understanding the needs of carers in the workplace.

Carers can access free support, designed to meet their individual needs and delivered in their local area.
This may include:
  • One-to-one support and advice with a dedicated Employment Personal Advisor.
  • Group activities and training workshops.
  • Support with writing CVs and interview techniques.
  • Help with job searching.
  • Access to employment, volunteering and training opportunities.

To be eligible for support you will need to be:
  • An unpaid carer or former carer.
  • Aged 25 and over.
  • Living in London.
  • Not in any paid work.

To find out more:
Osmer Ali
Tel: 0208 868 5224 ext 218
Email: workingforcarers@harrowcarers.org

If you find it difficult to balance your work life with your caring responsibilities, you may want to ask for Flexible Working.

This could mean: Everybody has the right to ask their employer for flexible working hours
  • hours to suit,
  • compressed working hours (where you work full-time hours but over fewer days),
  • School/college term-times
  • job share
  • working from home.
It is a good idea to think about asking for flexible working rather than just giving up work altogether. If you give up work it can have a huge impact on your finances, reduce your socialability, and make it more difficult to return to work in the future.