This project is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund.
Support into care work
A free employment support programme
Free help and support to prepare you for employment
Keep learning during the coronavirus crisis with our recently improved online training programmes that you can access at home or via your phone
We provide 1-2-1 support with our employment advisors helping you gain employment in the health and care sector
We know and understand how difficult it can be to find work.
If you have worked in care before or are exploring new areas of work, then we can help you.
Being unemployed can be a difficult time. Previous areas of work may not be available to you anymore.
Our care and work programme could be the starting point you need.
If you wish to return to work in some way but are unsure how to start, then we can help with 1-2-1 support with our employment advisors
- We’ll design a package of training and support to help you achieve your goals
- Our employment advisors will ensure that it all fits with your own learning style; by understanding your strengths and any areas you need to develop
- We will then help you to find work opportunities and submit confident job applications
Our care and employment support will help develop your care and employability skills.
We will explore suitable work options and can help you to find and apply for jobs.
We can also link you with all our current vacancies for working as a personal assistant.
We can help you identify all the skills and qualities you have to offer and how these relate to working in care.
With these building blocks in place we’ll help you to produce your CV, apply to online vacancies (including CarePair) and develop your interview skills.
Support can include:
- Identify transferable skills
- Job sourcing
- CV writing
- Interview techniques
- Applying online
- Registering on CarePair
- Exploring local work opportunities
- Covering letters and emails
- Different roles in the care sector
- Being a Personal Assistant
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Accessing online learning
- The Care Certificate
- Accessing further information
- Wider support
- Money management
- IT skills
- ‘Better off in work’ calculations
Working in care as a Personal Assistant (PA)
You can find out more about becoming a Personal Assistant (PA) here:
- Explore jobs roles, watch videos from other PAs and learn all about working as a PA on the Every Day is Different website
- Learn all about working as a PA, along with practical advice to help you find work, do training and access support networks on the Skills for Care website
- Read case studies and learn what skills and experience you need to become a PA in care on the Skills for Care website
Attend an information session to find out more
If you are interested in knowing what it is like to work as a Personal Assistant (PA) in care with a disabled person, please drop in (to our new online meetings) on Fridays at 10am to talk to someone who knows all about it.
If you are using a mobile device or tablet then you’ll need the Whereby online meeting app.
Learning from home
Keep learning during the coronavirus crisis with our recently improved online training programmes that you can access at home. Our training may include:
- Regular sessions at our virtual classrooms
- Support from your tutor by email and phone
- Online lessons via our new online courses
Our support and training programmes are popular
We are very pleased to receive many great reviews from people who have taken part in our programmes, workshops and training courses. Here are just some of the nice things they say about us:
- “This workshop made a huge difference to my daily life”
- “Understanding a lot more about myself has helped me to be positive and confident”
- “Brilliant course, very impressed. Tutor was great”.
- “The course was good and I learnt a lot”.
- “The course is helping to develop my skills, my self-
confidence and self-esteem”.
Join our brand new and free support programme
If you are a carer, over 50 or have a physical disability, long-term health conditions or mental ill health then you may meet the eligibility criteria for support.
Our project is delivered in Luton, Bedfordshire, Northampton, Kettering, Daventry, Aylesbury and Cherwell.
If you are unsure about any aspect of this programme then please do ask.
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New free online training courses starting soon. We have places available on our free wellbeing, employment and learning support programmes.
The Best of Me programme is a series of free online courses for Bedfordshire residents. We can help improve your health, confidence & wellbeing.
Please see some important information about PPE, Personal Health Budgets, shielding, COVID 19 testing for PAs and more up to date information to support PAs and individual employers.
Help for carers in Luton
Introducing the free support service for unpaid carers in Luton, Carers Central. We offer lots of free 1-2-1 help and advice by phone, email and online meetups.
Please consider donating to The Disability Resource Centre today so we can continue our vital services.