Registered Charity Number 1171134,
We seek to minister to the needs of those who are employed in many ways and in numerous areas of Swindon.
We try to identify, understand and share in the personal issues that are affecting those in the workplace. We endeavour to meet everyone with friendship, respect, and confidentiality.
Don't suffer in silence if you are bereaved, sick, in debt, or any other problem that you may be troubled with. We are good listeners and we are here for you. Click on the Chaplaincy page.
Don't panic At a time like this there may be lots of confusing thoughts and feelings crowding in. Although only you can really know what it feels like, lots of people go through the same thing, so you are not alone. Redundancy is nothing to be ashamed of: most people make several job changes in a lifetime. Find someone just to listen to how you feel. Talking about things can help cope with the confusion.
Talk to your employer Your employer should consult with you about finding alternative work in the organization. If there are no opportunities, you may be entitled to paid time off work to attend job interviews elsewhere. Anyone who has worked for an employer for more than 2 years is entitled to a redundancy payment: ask your employer what is being offered. Ask your employer about pension and for a Job Reference. For your rights see www.gov.uk/redundant-your-rights.
Make sure your paperwork is in order If you leave make sure they give you: your P45: your redundancy pay and any other money due to you; a written statement of how that pay has been calculated; a statement of your pension position. You should also receive a letter stating the date of your redundancy.
Seeking new Job and claiming Benefit To start looking for work (even whilst you are still employed) you can go to www.gov.uk/find-a-job. Job Centre Plus may use evidence of your searching on this website as evidence of looking for work, in support of a benefit claim. You may be eligible for benefit payments. Contact Job Centre Plus: 0800 055 6688 or www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus
An appointment will be made at your local office with a Personal Advisor to discuss finding a new job, training that you might do and any other benefits you are entitled to. Take your P45 and two recent pay slips when you have your initial interview.
Look after your redundancy pay The Money Advice Service gives advice on how to manage your finances: www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/ articles/making-the-most-of-your-redundancy-pay. Your Personal Advisor at the Job Centre Plus can also advise you about spending or investing your redundancy payment as this may affect your right to benefit.
Get help with costs and debts If you are put on Universal Credit, it may include an element of Housing Benefit (for rented housing). Otherwise you many need to contact your local Council to claim it. If you are paying a mortgage, check with your lender to see if you have mortgage insurance to help cover payments. In any event, tell your lender about your new circumstances. You may also be to apply for a rebate on your Council Tax bill from your Local Council. Review your regular payments and loans and try to work out a realistic household budget. If you're worried about debts, be careful of door to door or high cost lenders; more affordable loans may be available from a credit union (findyourcreditunion.co.uk). Contact a local Citizen's Advice Bureau or StepChange charity www.stepchange.org
Stay in touch with your networks and keep looking for work Remember, you have valuable skills and experience. Redundancy is as much an opportunity to find a new direction as it is the ending of one chapter of your working life. Use the social media and the internet to look for new opportunities.
Plan your day: set targets and tasks for yourself Planning your day will help give you a sense of purpose and satisfaction. Do something about that interest you have never had time to pursue. Enrol for a course at your local college or consider enhancing your services and skills as a volunteer. There may be a local Job Club or community group where you can find support.
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