One of the obvious limiting factors in choosing where you want to live is whether or not you will need to change your job and whether you can find a new job reasonably close to where you want to live. Many people living in social housing want to work but find it difficult to secure suitable employment. This can be for many reasons which could include childcare, disabilities and/or lack of training and skills. As this is such an important issue, affecting so many people who are looking for suitable housing solutions, we will over the coming months build up a bank of resources and links to services that help people back into work. Please note all the links on this page will open a new window and take you to another web site.
Directgov is the main government website. It gives advice on training and employment. It even carries a number of available jobs which you can search for by area and type. You can search for jobs by type and area. Click here to visit the Directgov website.
Jobcentre plus is another government site which gives advice and tries to help people back to work - to open a new window and visit their website click here.
There are also jobs available here in the public sector and in not for profit organisations.
The London Mayor's web site also has advice on finding work, to visit this web site with general advice click here or you can click here to see the specific jobs available now. It has plenty of advice and other web site links. Apprenticeship schemes will become available and advertised in the press -Opening doors to a better future.
Another website that might be useful for you is East Potential which is part of East Homes and offers employment and training opportunities - click here to open a new window and go to their website.
If you are a Family Mosaic tenant, their dedicated pathways2work project will support you in accessing training and employment opportunities. Trained and experienced Employment Liaison Officers are available to support you through the process of identifying and being best prepared for the job you want. As well as employment opportunities Family Mosaic can offer work placements to their residents to give them up to date experience, a reference and an opportunity to update their CV. Click on to the Family Mosaic website www.familymosaic.co.uk for further information on the pathways2work project and how it can help you, or telephone 020 7080 1345 to speak to a member of the pathways2work team.
On the Directgov site there is a calculator which can advise you as to what benefits and tax credits you can claim - to open a new page and go to this site click here.
There are a number of specific things that might be of help if you are currently unemployed.
If you are currently unemployed you can get a New Deal travel card and get up to 50% off some transport in London. For more information click here to open a new window.
When going back to work you don't just have to stop your benefits this document is from jobcentre plus and should give you some idea about support you can get, click here to open a new window and find out what help there is for someone newly working.
If you have been claiming Job Seekers Allowance for 6 months or more your future employer may be able to claim £1000 when they employ you and a further £1500 for training - for more details on this click here to open a new window.