Free workshop gives carers helping hand to be their own boss

Bell View resource centre, Belford
Bell View resource centre, Belford

Carers of adults with learning disabilities who are looking for work – and also young adults with learning disabilities – could consider self-employment, suggests the Northumberland Community Development Network.

And a free workshop being held at Bell View in Belford next Wednesday aims to explain how to get started.

“The demands of looking after an adult or child with additional needs can make it difficult to fit in with traditional working hours, but being your own boss can provide many opportunities to earn money in a flexible way,” said Laura Mathieson, start-up business adviser.

“The workshop will get rid of some myths, such as needing plenty of money to start up, or that there are complicated legal issues to resolve – it’s actually quite straightforward.”

One of the concerns carers and young adults with support needs often have is how extra income will impact on their benefits, but working tax credits are still payable to self-employed workers, as are some other benefits.

There is help available to support plans to be your own boss, including ideas on where to start – there are 4 million self-employed people in the UK.

Running from 10am to noon on Wednesday, February 27, the workshop is free but places must be booked in advance. Contact Laura Mathieson on 07595456127 or email to book a place. The workshop will be run again in other parts of the county at a later date – contact Laura to register your interest.

It is part of a wider project funded by JobCentre Flexible Support Fund, run in partnership between Northumberland Community Development Network, In It Together Parent and Carer Network, and the SpLinter Group.