Carers who seek work

Looking after a family member can be a demanding and worthwhile task.

However it can be difficult for someone who has been in a full-time caring role to move into employment.

It may be that circumstances change and the carer may be in a position to seek employment, or may be required to do so. This could occur through the caring role coming to an end or the carer feeling that they could combine caring with employment or other activities such as volunteering or training. Learning skills such as computing and IT can be useful for moving towards employment and such activities can be a good way to increase confidence and also get an up-to-date reference.

Support to update and adapt CVs for job-hunting is also helpful especially as so many applications now are on-line.

Angus Carers Centre is holding an event to help carers identify ways in which they can find support and information to begin to think about taking up employment, training or volunteering, if and when their caring role changes.

The event will bring together organisations such as the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), Voluntary Action Angus, Jobcentre Plus, Angus College and DEAP employability ‘Steps to Success’ programme.

This meeting will take place next Thursday, May 30 from 10.30am to 1.30pm at the Girl Guide Hall, Myre car park in Forfar.

The event will start with refreshments and a short talk by representatives from all the organisations. There will then be the chance to talk on a one-to-one basis about your own individual circumstances with the delegates. A buffet lunch will be provided.

The event is open to any unpaid carer in Angus who is looking after a family member or friend.

Please ‘phone Angus Carers Centre on 01241 439157 to book a place or for further information.