Redundancy support

Shaw trust - Ability at Work

Shaw Trust supports disabled and disadvantaged people towards employment through Work Choice or the Work Programme in the following areas:

  • Help in preparing for work
  • Help with employment
  • Managing a disability

Visit the Shaw Trust website if you are interested in exploring how they can help you.

M3 Job Club

The M3 Job Club has two simple aims:

  • To support people back to work
  • To connect members with business

What they do:

The Job Club is a charitable incorporated organisation. It provides an environment for those in job transition or placed at risk of redundancy, who want:

  • to work
  • the opportunity to network
  • to share experiences
  • to support each other in a positive, learning environment

whilst gaining knowledge and advice on their journey back to work.

They work with a number of local SME and corporate businesses in and around the Basingstoke region. Members attend from North Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey and attend based on their own choice and personal needs. The 16 week, business-focused and coaching-led programme is run by professionals from businesses who all donate their time for free.

Visit the M3 Job Club website for more information.

People Plus

People Plus runs a range of frontline public services including:

  • employment and welfare
  • training
  • education
  • financial advice

a great deal of which are provided in partnership with a variety of public sector, not for profit and private sector organisations. People Plus aims to:

  • support people to find and keep jobs, and help others set up their own businesses
  • deliver skills and training to ensure people can access the right employment and enhance their career prospects
  • reduce the risk of reoffending by tackling the root causes of crime and offending
  • provide access to financial advice
  • improve access to health, social and relevant advisory services.

Visit the People Plus website for more information.

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus offers access to information and advice on benefits and looking for work. Job vacancies are on the website and there is practical support for applying for jobs and writing a CV.

Call 0845 606 0234 or see the Jobcentre Plus website. Below is a list of organisations offering guidance for businesses managing redundancies, which has been produced by Jobcentre Plus:

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Skills and learning advice

The Education and Skills Funding Agency gives:

  • advice on how to get back into work
  • information on local learning opportunities


Volunteering can help you to develop new skills, gain experience and provide training opportunities. It can help you to give something back to your community, make new friends and enjoy yourself. Your help, skill, company, patience, friendliness and your time can make all the difference to someone.

Basingstoke Voluntary Action (BVA) is the professional help and advice centre for voluntary and community organisations. Merlin is the service’s searchable directory of the services provided by the voluntary and community sector in Basingstoke and Deane. Call BVA on 01256 423816 or email

BVA has a database of several hundred volunteering opportunities with charitable and voluntary/volunteer-engaging organisations in Basingstoke and Deane. Find out more by visiting the Volunteer Centre website.

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