Working and caring

Balancing work with caring can be very challenging. Many carers end up giving up paid work, reducing their hours or missing out on opportunities to get promoted because of the demands of being a carer.

Continuing to work while caring can help you feel good about yourself and provide you with social interaction outside of your caring role.

But staying in work or returning to work might feel like a daunting prospect. You may find it helpful to take some time off or to ask your employer if you can work flexibly.

Get help

If you would like some advice or support about balancing working and caring, contact the council’s Supported Employment Team

You and the person you care for can request an assessment to find out what support will help you to balance working and caring, or to return to work or study. Alternatively, you could try an online self-assessment.

Your rights at work

If you are working, it could be a good idea to talk to your employer about your caring commitments.

There are some employment law rights that are particularly relevant to carers. Find out more about carers' work rights on the NHS Choices website.

You can also access free legal advice through the Carers Centre for Brighton & Hove. Go to the Carers Centre website.