Single mum, 2 under 4 want to work

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    Wrexhammama
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    So I’m on Universal credit currently and I live in a council house. I’ve got two boys 3 and half years old and 20 month old. They go to their dads every weekend

    I really want to work but I’m scAred Id be struggling more, and I have no childcare except for weekends but that’s impossible to work because I have to drop the kids off at a certain time after the dad finishes work and then Sunday they either get dropped off or I have to meet their dad to pick them up at 2/3 pm.

    what are my options, help please anyone

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    welshdad
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    Have you considered work from home at all?

    I’ve no idea what your background or qualifications are but you could always re-train if you saw something that interests you as there are many qualifications and experience that you can get either for free or through grants.

    https://www.indeed.co.uk/jobs?q=Work+From+Home&rbl=Remote&jlid=7bff81bdce71eefd

    There are some free courses here:

    http://www.futurelearn.com

    http://www.cybrary.com

    https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue

    https://www.classcentral.com/collection/top-free-online-courses

    https://www.khanacademy.org/

     

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    Wrexhammama
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    Hiya @welshdad yes I used to be a blogger but packed that in made very little and the point of me wanting work is to get a little break really from being in the house 🤣 drives me mental staying in all day

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    Kath
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    What kind of work would you enjoy?

    Working with old people, working with animals, working with children? Or how about getting a little bar job for over the weekends or a restaurant or volunteering at a library gaining experience. Could you start doing some studying maybe to look towards when your children are older and in school?

    I have seen on Indeed jobs for just weekend work, perhaps have a search on that job site, see if anything fits around your circumstances? I know it’s not easy tho but you may be able to find something out there that suits you.

    Do you know that as a single parent you can earn just under £190 per month before UC take anything off your benefits?

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    Wrexhammama
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    Hiya I love animals, I would like to work in the hospital but I have a university degree in creative media computing .. but my passion for that died in the 3rd year 😩

     

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    Kath
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    So sack the creative media computing career huh?

    Ok so I know hospitals are always looking for volunteers, it would get you out of the house and give you the chance to use your brain in a different way. I’m pretty certain you would need to have a DBS for hospitals but they would pay for it I’m sure.

    Or how about giving your free time to an animal sanctuary if there is one nearish to you?

     

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