Who is a Carer?

A carer is someone who, without payment, provides or intends to provide help and support to a friend, neighbour or relative who could not manage because of frailty, illness, disability, mental health needs or issues with drugs and/or alcohol.

Carers can be from any race, faith or social background, of any gender, ethnicity and of any sexual orientation. Carers can care for more than one person, maybe studying, working or  unemployed, and may have their own disabilities or illnesses.

Carer is the term used in line with legislation, Government strategies and policies. It is recognised that some people dislike the term and that it can cause confusion with paid care workers, Personal Assistants, Shared Lives carers or volunteer carers.

To view the latest Joint Havering Carers Strategy 2017-2019 please click here

Working for Carers

The Working for Carers project supports unpaid carers to return to work. The programme is available to carers in London who are aged 25 or over, who have the right to work in the UK and are not in employment.

Carers can access free support, designed to meet their individual needs.

This may include:

  • One-to-one support and advice.
  • Group activities and training workshops.
  • Support with writing CVs and interview techniques.
  • Help with job-searching.
  • Work experience opportunities.
  • Employment, volunteering and training opportunities.

The project is led by Carers Trust and delivered by its network of 24 partners across London, and is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund.

Sign up for Workshops of your choice:

  • Your Rights As A Carer
  • Identifying Your Strengths
  • Your Journey to Employment
  • Goal Setting
  • Introduction to Computer Skills
  • Preparing for Job Search
  • Introduction to Self Employment
  • English Conversation ClubsContact us:
    Tel: 020 8514 6251
    Email: [email protected]
Carers Emergency Alert Card

A free service for carers where they can register and receive a personalised card with an emergency number that can be used at any time a carer is separated from their cared for person. The card is designed to give carers peace of mind that their cared for person will be safe and looked after in the event of an emergency.

Remember that if you have a card you must inform the council if any of your details change by emailing [email protected]

Positive Parents - Opening Doors by Opening Minds

Supporting families of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in the London Borough of Havering