Working for Carers aims to support 833 carers and former carers in London to move towards employment. Carers are eligible to join the project if they are 25 years old or over, able to live and work in the UK, and not in any form of employment.

At the end of June 2018, 489 carers had registered with the project. The registered carers are from 32 London boroughs:

  • 68 carers have gained employment.
  • Over 60% of registered participants have been supported with job-searching within the project; a third of these are now job-searching independently.
  • 166 participants have attended workshops run by Working for Carers and/or have attended external training, while supported by the project (including financial support). 19 have moved into education or to start a training course (not funded by the project).
  • 47 participants have had volunteering opportunities and 361 have been supported by peers (included at workshops).
  • 229 have shown improvements against their tailored action plans, and 58 have been referred to specialist support.
  •  194 have reported increased confidence, 190 said they had gained new skills and experiences.
  • 114 have proactively looked after their health and wellbeing.

Big Lottery Fund, European Union, European Social FundCarers Trust was awarded a total of £2m for Working for Carers. The project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme. The funding is for three years: 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2019.

Next update due: July 2019