Support for learning and career development
UK and England
OU: Careers Advisory ServiceThe Open University’s Careers Advisory Service
OU: Credit transferCredit transfer information from The Open University
OU: OpenLearnFree courses from The Open University
OU: Skills for OU studyDevelop the study skills you need for your OU course, and get the confidence you need to succeed
OU: Skills for OU study, English for learningSupport and guidance on English language skills
OU: Study at the OUThe Open University’s online prospectus
BBC: SkillswiseHelp and advice with reading, writing and numbers
Directgov: Education and learningUK information and advice on education, learning and funding in the UK
Directgov/ National Careers Service: Help for students with disabilitiesInformation and advice for students who have additional needs
Directgov/ National Careers Service: Job profilesInformation and advice on work, skills and career choices in the UK
learndirectInformation and advice on learning and skills for work
NARICInformation and advice on national and international qualifications
Prospects: types of jobsGraduate careers information website
UCASUK university course choice
UKCourseFinderUK-wide course information
The Open University in ScotlandThe Open University in Scotland
Caring for CarersInformation about study opportunities for carers in Scotland
Citizens Advice ScotlandFree advice on a wide range of issues – open to everyone in Scotland
PlanIT PlusInformation on course choice, learning and careers in Scotland
Skills Development ScotlandInformation and advice on learning, and skills for work in Scotland, and ILA funding
Student Awards Agency for ScotlandAdvice and information on funding for students in Scotland
Access to learning for carersInformation about study opportunities for carers in Wales
learndirect: Cymru/ WalesInformation and advice on learning and skills for work in Wales
My World of WorkInformation and advice on work, skills and career choices
Northern Ireland
nidirectInformation and advice on learning, funding and skills for work in Northern Ireland

Support for employers and managers

Carer PositiveThe Carer Positive kitemark is awarded to employers in Scotland who have a working environment where carers are valued and supported.
Employers for CarersProvides some very good resources – some can be accessed on a membership or paid basis, but some are free. The website provides a useful overview of the main issues and elements of support.

Equal Partners in Care:

Social Services Knowledge Scotland / The Knowledge Network

The Scottish framework for learning and practice with carers and young carers.

The EPiC site provides information and learning resources for workers with a role in identifying and supporting carers.

NHS Knowledge NetworkThe Knowledge Network provides evidence, information, elearning and community tools to support NHS staff with learning and practice.
Scottish Social Services Council: Workforce SolutionsSSKS is a gateway to a wealth of information and learning materials to support practitioners in social services in Scotland in their work and learning.
Step into LeadershipWhatever your role, this website will help you to find resources and information to develop your leadership skills. Employers will find resources to help create an organisational culture where leadership development is supported at all levels.
Working FamiliesA manager’s guide to managing employees with caring responsibilities.

Support for carers

There are a large number of carers centres and caring organisations. These links take you to national organisations that should be able to provide you with information about whom to contact in your local area.

UK and England
Carers TrustUK-wide carer organisation membership organisation
CarersukUK-wide carers membership organisation
MatterAn online community for young adult carers created by Carers Trust
Working familiesWorking Families helps working parents and carers and their employers to find a better balance between responsibilities at home and at work
Care Information ScotlandPublic information on caring for older people in Scotland
Carers ScotlandScottish base for UK-wide support organisation for carers
Carers Trust ScotlandScottish base for UK-wide support organisation for carers centres and carers
Coalition of carers in ScotlandCoalition of carers in Scotland
Crossroads Caring ScotlandCrossroads Caring Scotland provides practical services such as respite care to carers across Scotland
MECOPP Carers CentreMECOPP works to challenge and dismantle barriers that deny Black and Minority Ethnic carers access to health, social work and other social care services in Edinburgh, the Lothians and further afield
Self-advocacy for Carers (Carers Scotland)Being Heard: a self-advocacy toolkit for carers provides information and suggests techniques to help carers advocate for themselves
Shared Care ScotlandShared Care Scotland works to improve the quality, choice and availability of short break provision across Scotland, for the benefit of carers and the people they care for
The Scottish Young Carers Services AllianceFacebook page for The Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance
Carers Trust Wales/ CymruWelsh base for UK-wide support organisation for carers centres and carers
Carers WalesWelsh base for UK-wide support organisation for carers
Northern Ireland
Carers NINorthern Irish base for UK-wide support organisation for carers
Carers Trust Northern IrelandNorthern Irish base for UK-wide support organisation for carers centres and carers

Finance and legal information

Carers UK: Help with benefitsUK-wide benefits information and advice from Carers UK
Directgov: Carers and disability benefitsGovernment information website explaining benefits for carers and people with disabilities
Directgov: Lasting power of attorneyInformation about arranging power of attorney in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Children1st: What you need to know about Kinship careInformation about kinship care, including the kinship care allowance
Office of the Public Guardian (Scotland): Power of AttorneyA power of attorney (PoA) is a written document that gives someone else legal authority to make decisions on your behalf
Self-directed Support in ScotlandInformation about self-directed support legislation and what it means for carers in Scotland