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 September 2018, 576 carers had registered with the project. The registered carers are from all 33 London boroughs:

  • 88 carers have gained employment and 41 have started an education or training course.
  • Nearly 60% have been supported to apply for jobs, and 39 are now job-searching independently.
  • 56% have attended Working for Carers workshops or external training while supported by the project.
  • 81 participants have had volunteering opportunities.
  • Working for Carers Progress Report September 2018 86 have been referred to other specialist support, and 265 have proactively looked after their health and wellbeing.
  • 286 have shown improvements against their tailored action plans.
  • 237 have reported increased confidence, and 238 said they had gained new skills and experiences.

Stories from carers who've been supported by Working for Carers

Louise was supported back to college.

Heather was supported back to work.

Peter was helped to get the right qualifications.

Further information

Find out more about the difference the programme is making in our Working for Carers Progress Report September 2018.

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