Are You Out of Work?

Last reviewed on 29/11/2012 12:43

Work is good for health and well-being, but starting the process of returning to work can seem like an overwhelming task.

Below are links to organisations that can help you get back into employment, plus more information on the benefits of work.

Why work is good for you

Evidence shows being in work improves both your physical and mental well-being by bringing structure and purpose to your day.

Other evidence shows that being in work improves your health by as much as being out of work damages it.

Work can also improve your self-confidence and self-esteem by developing your sense of belonging and identity.

Helpful organisations:

The Way to Work
Although services on offer are limited to those living in the South East of England, this website has lots of useful information on the process of getting back to work.

→ Visit Way to Work (external link).

Advice on Benefits and Other Entitlements
If you return to work after being on benefit, it is important that you understand how they will be affected and what else you might be entitled to (e.g. Tax Credits).

→ Read UK government advice on benefits, tax and going back to work (external link).

Jobcentre Plus
As well as advertising vacancies, Jobcentre Plus staff can help you access programmes to gain the skills you need to apply for work and meet minimum requirements. They can also help you find work trials and work shadowing opportunities. They will also be able to provide advice on your benefits.

→ Contact your local Jobcentre Plus (external link).

Joined up for Jobs Directory
A searchable database of organisations offering support and opportunities for people seeking work in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

→ Search the Joined Up for Jobs Directory (external link).