Employment and learning

It can be difficult to find the right balance between caring and working.

Rights for carers

If you are working as well as providing care support for someone, you need to know your rights in the workplace. Ask your employer about their policies on:

  • flexible working
  • time off in emergencies
  • reduced workloads
  • career breaks

There is information on rights for carers in the workplace.

Visit Carers UK website

You can find useful information on your rights at work and taking time off to care for someone.

Visit NHS Choices website

Carers Trust has information and ideas to help with the balance between being employed and caring.

Visit Carers Trust website

Support returning to work

If you aren’t currently working but would like to return to work, Jobcentre Plus can help you. You can ask what help they can give you in looking at training or work opportunities. Jobcentre Plus in Redbridge is at Sevenkings and you can contact them on 0845 604 3719.

Work Redbridge can also provide information on how to access employment, training and volunteering in Redbridge. It can help with writing CVs and covering letters, preparing for an interview and getting job market information.

Visit Redbridge Council's website

Training and self-development

Redbridge Carers Support Service offers a wide range of learning opportunities through training courses and workshops such as stress management, budgeting, health and wellbeing.

Visit Redbridge Carers Support Service website

Caring with Confidence can help you develop your skills and knowledge for your caring role with seven online courses. Each course has several parts, which you can complete at your own pace and at a convenient time.

Visit Caring with Confidence website

Find out more about learning opportunities.

Learning page

Useful links

Other MyLife pages: Carers assessment, A break from caring, Young carers, Emotional support, Financial support, Planning for an emergency, Learning,Employment

External websites:Work Redbridge,Redbridge Carers Support Service,Carers UK,NHS Choices,Carers Trust