Unemployment can be one of life's toughest challenges, but there are many practical steps you can take to help you best cope.


If you are being made redundant, a good starting point for advice and information is the government advice service.

Visit GOV.UK website

If you have worked continuously for the same employer for two years or more, you are likely to be entitled to statutory redundancy pay. GOV.UK has an online calculator to help you work out how much you are entitled to.

Visit GOV.UK website

Looking for a job

If you are looking for a job you can start by reading through the employment page of this website. You will find advice on where to search for jobs and how to get help filling in an application form or writing a CV.

Visit employment page

GOV.UK has advice on how to apply for jobs, including filling in an application form or writing a CV. An adviser from Jobcentre Plus can also help with this.

Visit GOV.UK website

Claiming benefits

If you are out of work, you may be entitled to benefits such as Jobseeker's Allowance and Child Tax Credit.

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) may be available if you are sick or have a disability.

The work-related benefits page of this website has more information on these benefits.

Visit work-related benefits page

Emotional support

Talking Therapies in Redbridge is a free, confidential NHS service that will work with you to help you feel better. They can help with a range of problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement and relationship problems.

Complete online Talking Therapies form or call 0300 555 1200 to arrange an initial telephone appointment.

Redbridge Citizens Advice Bureau can advise you on your possible entitlements after you have lost your job.

Visit Redbridge Citizens Advice Bureau website

The Samaritans (Redbridge) can offer help and advice if the emotional impact of being made redundant or unemployed gets too much.

Visit Samaritans (Redbridge) website.

There are also other support organisations that can help you.

Search the MyLife service directory

Useful links

Other MyLife pages: Employment, Work-relatedbenefits, Domestic violence, Relationship difficulties, Homelessness

External websites:GOV.UKSamaritans (Redbridge)Redbridge Citizens Advice Bureau