Support for carers to return to work

There are many services and tools available to you in Hounslow to help you find work, training, education and volunteering opportunities:.

Hounslow Council's Skills and Employment Team run Work Hounslow which can help you with career coaching, skills and training, work experience and volunteering opportunities.The Work Hounslow Career Coach bus operates a drop-in service on Mondays and Wednesdays and can help with CV writing, free WIFI, internet access and information on local work and training opportunities.

Job Centre Plus is a good place to start to find out how work will affect any benefits you receive and what practical and financial help is available to help you to find and start work.

If you are currently in work, Work Hounslow's Skills Escalator may help you develop your skills and improve your prospects.

The National Careers Service offers advice on learning, training and work via webchat, telephone, email, textphone, post and face-to-face appointment. If English is not your first language, an interpreter is available.

Now part of the National Careers Service, the 14 - 19 Team (previously Connexions) offer careers advice to 13 to 19 year olds. If you are disabled or have a learning disability they can offer support and advice if you are under 25 years of age.

Flexible working

If you are struggling to manage work alongside a caring role, you may have a statutory right to request flexible working

Carers UK is a useful source of information and advice on your legal rights if you are combining work with a caring role.

More resources

Work learning and volunteering - advice for Carers (Autonomy factsheet) has useful information on English courses (ESOL), Adult Education, free online university courses (MOOCS) and volunteering.

Search CarePlace for other services that can help with employment support and advice.

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