Support for people looking to return to work

Coronavirus Statement

In response to the latest Government advice GMCVO have taken steps to safeguard the health and wellbeing of staff and the people we work with. As such, there will be a difference in how the Caring, Working, Living project delivers support over the coming weeks.

Contacting the team: all of the team are now working from home. We can still respond to emails sent to the address. If you need to contact us by phone, then please use our mobile number: 07825 291044.

We will still send evaluation surveys to those Returners that have agreed to complete them, as we still need to provide our monthly update to our funder.

Employment Support Organisations: each organisation will have their own response to the Coronavirus, particularly relating to face to face meetings. Please contact them directly to find out what support they are able to offer.

We will continue to update our Facebook page with useful articles and webinars.

There are also useful resources below, including two toolkits containing useful tips about getting back into employment.

Opportunities with employers: we acknowledge that the main priority for employers at this time will be to keep their businesses operating and to look after the wellbeing of their employees. Whilst we will keep working with employers to plan future workplace visits, it is unlikely that we will be able to offer anything in the next month.

Similarly, we are not pursuing future coffee and chat opportunities with employers. If you have a coffee and chat already arranged, it is worth calling the employer in advance to confirm that this can still take place.

Expenses: we can continue to process expenses claims as usual. Send photos of any receipts to with a brief explanation of what the employment activity was and your bank details and we can complete the necessary paperwork.

New Referrals: we are still able to accept referrals, as we can still provide information about appropriate employment support organisations. Whilst these organisations may not be able to provide immediate support, they may be able to offer support in the future.



Caring, Working, Living support for people looking to return to work.

Caring, Working, Living aims to support people with caring responsibilities who are looking to return to work (Returners) to increase their confidence and self-esteem in relation to returning to paid employment and to improve their understanding of the skills that employers are looking for.

Support We Can Offer:

  • provide information to 'Returners' about agencies in their local area that provide support with job search skills

  • provide financial support towards the cost of job searching, for example towards the cost of childcare or other care; travel to an employment support activity; interview costs such as travel or clothing

  • provide information about employers that are offering workplace visits; work trials; placements or Returnships as part of their recruitment*

  • provide peer support through our Facebook page

* See all Pre-Employment Opportunities definitions in the document below

"Just wanted to say thanks a lot for everything you sent to help me step back into work. I really appreciate that. I will try to follow these links and will let you know if I need further help."  A Returner


In order to be eligible for support you must be:

  • either a parent or a carer

  • have been out of work for at least 12 months due to caring responsibilities

  • be looking to return to work

  • live in Greater Manchester

If this applies to you and you would like support you can complete our Eligibility Form here.

If you prefer to complete a paper copy then download the form below. You can scan and email your completed form to or post it to us at the address on the form.

We will contact you to confirm your eligibility. Even if you are not eligible for support from this project we will send you information about other ways to get support in your area.




Useful Resources

Toolkit for Returners: Helping you back to work

Flexible Working and Your Right to Request

Getting Into Work: A Guide for Parents of Disabled Children Returning to Work

If you are able to share our leaflet or poster with other people that you think may benefit from this project, then you can download copies of both below.

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