Many carers manage caring responsibilities alongside a full or part-time job. If you have worked for your employer for at least 26 weeks, you have the right to request flexible working to allow you to manage your caring responsibilities.
Flexible working could mean asking to change the:
- amount of hours you work
- times you work
- locations you work in
Helping carers looking for employment
If you are hoping to return to work, there are a number of services that can help:
The Devon Advice Service for Working Age Carers (DASWAC) can give you a free benefit check which will look at whether you would be better off working, and how starting work or changing your hours would affect your income and benefits. To use this service contact Devon Carers on 0345 643 4435
If you’re looking to return to work, Motiv-8 SW mentors can work with you to boost your confidence and improve your skills. To find out more follow the links below, speak to a Jobcentre Plus work coach or phone Motiv-8 SW on 01392 873939.
- One-to-one coaching
- Confidence and employability
- Client support network
- Fit for work (young adults 16-24)
- Getting back to work
Devon Carers run regular ‘help in to work’ workshops giving you a chance to find out more about support available to get back in to work and speak directly to employers. To find out more call 0345 643 4435.
Helping Carers in Employment
If you are feeling down, anxious or stressed because you are juggling work with a caring role, returning to work, or worrying about your job, the Devon Partnership NHS Trust Depression and Anxiety Service can help you to cope and improve your emotional wellbeing. If you think this service could help you, refer yourself online, contact them directly or speak to your GP.
If you are not sure about how you will travel to work, or want help to plan a regular work journey, Travel Devon can offer you a free personalised travel plan.
Your employer can access resources to support you to balance your caring role while working. They may even consider becoming a “Carer Friendly” Employer.
Helping Carers who are looking to leave employment (including retirement)
If you are thinking of leaving work, it’s important to consider the full implications it could have for your income, quality of life and future pension entitlements. Carers UK have some useful information and advice on what to consider.