Continuing to work while caring can help you feel good about yourself and provide you with social interaction outside of your caring role. To help you stay in work or return to work you may find it helpful to ask your employer if you can work flexibly.
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Flexible working benefits you by giving you a better work-life balance while still being able to earn a living. All employees with 26 weeks of service have a statutory right to request flexible working although this is at the employer’s discretion.
If you want to start or return to work, there are some things to consider and many schemes that can help you as a carer.
There is support available to boost your confidence, if it has been a while since you worked and to help you regain skills to ease you back to work. This includes:
- training, guidance and work placement programmes
- work experience, volunteering and job trials
- help with starting your own business
- help with child care or caring responsibilities
It is also important to remember that you may have developed skills from your caring role.
If you are a carer and want to return to work, you may be able to get help from Jobcentre Plus. The Work Preparation Support for Carers scheme offers advice and training.
Every individual and community has unique skills, talents, knowledge and insights that are important. Through volunteering you can receive support and development to have a real influence over the places and communities in which you live.
There are many ways you can get involved to influence and improve health and social care services in your area. Why not use this opportunity to improve services.
Local account of adult social care services
Every year we produce a local account of adult social care services. The local account explains how much we spend, what we spend money on, what we are doing and future plans for our services, including any improvements.
We met with service users and carers to talk to them about the local account and to find out:
- what they wanted to see in the local account
- what sort of format they wanted, and how they thought it should look
- how they wanted to read it