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New Employment Support Programme for Unpaid Carers in London

Carers Lewisham - in partnership with Carers Trust and 23 other Network Partners across London - has launched Working for Carers, a new programme co-funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

The project supports unpaid carers across London to go back into work or training after being out of the job market due to their caring responsibilities.

A carer is anyone who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without their help due to an illness or disability. Caring is not however an exclusive club – 60% of us will be a carer at some point in our lives and there are 700,000 carers in London and over 7m across the UK with those numbers set to rise by almost 30% by 2030.

Our Employment Personal Advisors will work closely with carers, helping them to find the right job or training and preparing them to return to the world of work with key skills and attributes.

Completely free of charge, employers can advertise their vacancies within the project and benefit from a recruitment screening process designed to give them a shortlist of candidates with the right skillset. Recruiting and supporting carers help employers to meet the Equality Act 2010 requirements.

The project will liaise with employers to raise awareness on the benefits of employing carers, adopt carer-friendly policies and create more flexible employment opportunities. We welcome employers willing to share their good practices on creating a positive environment for their workforce.

If you would like to know more about Working for Carers, please contact us:

Tel: 020 8699 8686