Support into work

If you have a disability or a long-term health condition or are caring for someone, it can be difficult to get back to work or finding work for the first time.

It is easy to lose your confidence when you are out of work. You may feel your skills are out of date or you simply don't know what kind of work you would like to do. 

Being out of work cannot only have a huge financial impact, it can lead to a loss in confidence and self-esteem and mean you have fewer opportunities to meet and talk to other people. There are a number of initiatives that may be able to help you depending on your situation:





Recognising your skills and strengths 

If you are not sure what you would like to do, start by understanding your own strengths and skills. Think about what you have learned from any paid work or volunteering you have done in the past and about the skills that you gained in your personal life.

You may not recognise some of the skills you have gained in your personal life. For example, you may be really good at planning and managing your time or managing your budget. 

If you’re not sure what you are looking for or need more information and advice the routes into certain careers, you may also want to consider speaking to a careers adviser.


You may feel that you need to gain confidence or learn new skills before applying for a job. There a range of different training courses available to help you.


Further information and advice

There are a number of charities and organisations nationally that can provide expert help and advice about finding new work or staying in your current role.

Address: 18c Meridian East, Meridian Business Park, Leicester, LE19 1WZ
Phone: 0845 155 2700

Toucan Employment
Phone: 020 3751 9681

Shaw Trust
Phone: 01225 716300

Action on hearing loss
Phone: 0808 808 0123

Action for blind people
Phone: 0303 123 9999

RNIB - Supporting people with sight loss
Phone: 0303 123 9999

National Careers Service
Phone: 0800 100 900