Working for Carers 2019-2022 Evaluation Report 2

Resource title: Working for Carers 2019-2022 Evaluation Report 2: Interim Evaluation Findings February 2021 plus Executive Summary
Published: 2021    Author: Wavehill: Social and Economic Research – Andy Parkinson and Sarah Usher

Second interim report from Wavehill, which shares learning and recommendations from the evaluation of the Working for Carers project. Working for Carers supports unpaid carers and former carers, aged 25 and over and living in London, to move closer to employment.

Key points

  • The ongoing pressures facing unpaid carers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic are likely to have influenced their ability or motivation to consider moving into employment.
  • The impact of the pandemic has led to a need for greater emotional support and help in addressing some of the wider and immediate challenges facing unpaid carers.
  • Finding job opportunities that fit around the caring role, such as flexible and part-time work, continues to be the most common barrier to accessing work.

About the resource

Through Working for Carers, unpaid carers can access free support, which includes provision such as one-to-one meetings with a dedicated advisor, access to workshops, and help with job-searching and CVs.

Working for Carers is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund. The project is led by Carers Trust and delivered across all London boroughs by four Carers Trust Network Partners: Camden Carers Service; Carers Lewisham; Harrow Carers; and Redbridge Carers Support Service.

This report presents interim evaluation findings, exploring the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the delivery of the project, in particular its influence on recruitment and support activities.

Further information

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