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When your caring role changes or ends.

You may want to take some time to yourself before thinking about what you want to do next. Keeping in touch with friends, family and your local community may have been difficult when you did not have much time for yourself.

You may feel isolated after many years of caring and you may feel less confident. You could start by finding out what help or services your local carers support group offers to people whose caring role has come to an end.

Carers Moving Forward (opens in a new window) offer support to people who are no longer in their caring role.


If you have time to spare, you could consider volunteering. As well as offering much needed help to local people or organisations, volunteering can be a very social activity, and can be a good way to meet new people. Volunteering opportunities can range from befriending older or disabled people, offering your skills (for example, administration, fundraising, legal advice etc.) to a local charity, to helping out on a local conservation project.

Volunteering opportunities in your area.

Carers UK (opens in a new window) have voluntary opportunities for former carers. You could use your caring experience by raising awareness in the local community, signposting carers to help or providing listening support on the telephone.

Learn something new

Taking a course (opens in a new window) can help you refresh skills that you have not used for a while, or learn something completely new. You might have gained new skills or interests from your caring role that you also want to pursue. It can also be a great way to meet new people. 

Returning to work

If caring for someone meant you had to give up a job, returning to work may be something that interests you. If you're not sure what you want to do, think about the knowledge and skills you already have, and how you could use them. Include past paid work, voluntary work, hobbies and interests, and the skills you have gained as a carer or parent. Think about what you like doing, how you would like to use your skills, and anything that you used to do and have missed. (opens in a new window) has information on help with finding a job including skills and training.


Page last updated: 26/02/2018 12:24
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