Essex Carers - The Way to Work


4SX has received funding for the Building Better Opportunities Programme: Essex Carers - The Way To Work. This innovative project supports unpaid Carers to access employment opportunities.

Action for Family Carers and Carers Choices are the lead organisations in the project; both have extensive knowledge and experience with unpaid Carers. Each organisation employs a Key Worker who are responsible for bringing the project to the whole of Essex.

Action for Family Carers’ Key Worker is Paul Weaver.

The programme helps Carers build confidence and resilience, improve health and wellbeing and secure a new future by moving into rewarding and sustainable employment.

Key Workers work with Carers in order to build a picture of their individual lives. The key worker focuses on the barriers that prevent the Carer moving forward. Perhaps the Carer has challenges with social care or the benefit system. Any emotional or wellbeing issues are addressed and the Key Worker uses their skills in signposting to overcome these barriers.

Some Carers move into education, training or volunteering before even looking to find employment. All participants are individuals and no two cases are ever the same. Some people may feel they only need some work to update their CV, whilst others may be looking for a complete career change and seeking funding for courses, etc. Whatever the objective, the Key Worker aims to achieve the best outcomes for all.

See the 4SX Essex Carers The Way to Work website

and the 4SX Essex Carers The Way to Work Facebook page.


Jenny is a Carer who has worked with Paul. She wrote to thank him:

"I’m so blessed to have received such help and I cannot explain how truly appreciative I am. Taking these courses really will make a huge difference to our lives in the not so distant future. My hope, as you know, is that it will also make a difference to other families’ lives too. I just can’t wait to get started".

We wish Jenny every success, but we are certain her own drive will ensure it.


Paul can be contacted by email, or telephone, 0300 770 80 90.