Living your own life again

When you stop caring, it is likely to be a painful time for you and you may not feel like taking up activities that you used to enjoy, just yet. But it’s good to rediscover your own needs and interests after putting yourself second for such a long time.

When you feel ready, you may begin to think about

  • going back to work,
  • taking a course,
  • volunteering or
  • rebuilding your life in the community.

The Marie Curie website has ideas for finding a new focus in your life.

You might also like to discover activities and social events you could get involved in.

Getting back into work

Jobcentre Plus provides resources to enable job-searchers to find work.

Timewise is a recruitment agency specialising in flexible and part-time working.

Training courses in Merton

If you are looking to gain new skills or qualifications, change your career, increase your confidence, or improve your wellbeing, Merton Council may have a course for you.

Merton College offer a range of professional and wellbeing courses for adults over 19 at their Merton campus.

GSS work closely with Merton Adult Learning to deliver a variety of training courses to help support residents to get back into work, build confidence and gain a qualification in areas that will help with career progression and sustainability.

Volunteering opportunities in Merton

Merton Connected lists local voluntary opportunities.

Wimbledon Guild volunteers play an important part in helping them offer practical help and support.

Merton Faith In Action volunteers work in their drop-ins for homeless people.

Fun courses and local activities to get you back into the community

St Marks Centre Mitcham offers workshops and courses for adult learning which include cooking, IT, and health.

Wimbledon Guild have online and in-person classes for the over 50s.

One You Merton has ideas for activities for healthy bodies and minds.