Volunteering is the route into paid work for many support workers. Below are listed a number of specific opportunities where you can build up skills and experience that will increase your chances of securing a paid job in the sector.
Bear in mind, also, that all of our partners routinely advertise for a wider range of volunteer posts on their own websites. Click on the organisation's logo on the 'about CEP' page http://www.cepjobs.org/about.php
N.B. If you are claiming benefits you must follow the rules laid out by the Department of Work and Pensions. If you are a jobseeker, you must have written permission from your JCP adviser; you must continue to look for work; you must be available to attend a job interview at short notice if required and take up an offer of employment within one week. You must also keep copies of receipts for any expenses that you receive.
For more detailed information about volunteering whilst claiming JSA or other benefits visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/264508/dwp1023.pdf
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