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Greenwich Parent Voice

New 'Working for Carers' Project

We want to spread the word to all ‘unpaid Carers’ about a new project called ‘Working for Carers’!

‘Working for Carers’ supports unpaid carers over the age of 25 years, with the right to live and work in UK into either employment, self-employment, education or volunteering. To join the project Carers must not be in any paid employment including self-employed and zero hours contract or full-time education.

 Carers are also supported with accessing volunteering opportunities and developing new skills. Carers are supported via 1:1s and group workshops that covers ‘Confidence Building’ and ‘Knowing Your Rights in Employment as a Carer’. Jointly funded by ESF and Big Lottery, and led by the Carers Trust, the areas in which we cover includes Redbridge, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Greenwich, Havering, Barking & Dagenham and Waltham Forest.

 How can it help unpaid Carers?

  • Carers benefits are not affected so they can be in receipt of JSA, ESA, IS and Carers Allowance when registering for the project
  • Employment is not the only result – Carers can also be supported into volunteering, developing a new skill such as Computer Skills,enrolling on to a course of their interest or Self-Employment
  • Carers are supported in the Borough they live or provide care in– home visits can be arranged or appointments can be made in coffee shops or wherever is convenient for the carer.
  • Carers can be supported financially with any barriers to employment, education or training. They are issued with Oyster cards at point of registration so their travel is covered and they are also supported with childcare and sit-in services should they require it.
  • Carers are supported at their own pace