Support for Unemployed People

There are several organisations with specialist programmes for the unemployed and those in work. These include:

Twin UK

Twin UK can support jobseekers to find work, training courses and work experience. 
How we help jobseekers | Twin Employment and Training

Employers can contact Twin UK on your behalf to access the Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programme provides fully-funded workplace training to boost employee skills and help their employers increase productivity.

This programme is also suitable for those facing redundancy, or those newly made redundant. Employers can contact Twin UK directly by filling in an expression of interest form.


The SCDA Employability Team offers a range of programmes to support people across East Sussex who are not in employment.

- Let’s Get Working

If you are unemployed, 16+ with a long term health condition or disability, LGW can support you to find work, gain essential job searching skills and access training and education. The service is tailor made to meet your needs and can support you to identify goals to help you build confidence for the future. To refer please email Julie Abson,

- Aspirations

If you are unemployed, 25+ and feel like your mental health is holding you back, Aspirations can help you get to where you want to be.  Whatever the reasons for your situation, we can help you to achieve your goals, whether that’s improving your wellbeing or helping you to access education, training or employment. To refer please email Rachel Halsey,

- Local Learning Perspectives

Are you unemployed and living in Lewes or the Havens?   If you need support to move forward, our dedicated adviser can support you to improve confidence, well-being and, if you choose, access work, training or volunteering. To refer please email Rachel Halsey,

- Working together for Work

If you are unemployed, with dependants and live in Lewes or the Havens, Working together for Work can help you to move forward.  Our dedicated adviser can work with the adults of the household to improve well-being and, if you choose, access work, training or volunteering. To refer please email Rachel Halsey,

- Recycle/Get Socially Active

Recycle as part of the Get Socially Active Project has a bike repair workshop in our Newhaven Centre, and we are looking for volunteers to support the team with refurbishing donated bikes. If you have spare time, practical skills and you feel you would like to get involved then we would to hear from you. Please contact or call 01273 516347.

People Matter Charitable Trust

People Matter can provide information, advice and guidance and practical help to jobseekers aged 19+ in Eastbourne and the surrounding areas. 
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Youth Employability Service

YES is a free service working specifically with young people aged 15-18 in the East Sussex area who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), or are at risk of not being in education, employment or training.

Careers in Health and Social Care

For those of you interested in a job and career in health and social care here is a list of current key national and regional programmes to enable you to work out which pre-employment and work experience suits your needs. If you need help in deciding which route into the health and care sector you can ask advice from the following agencies:

- If you are at school or college contact the National Careers Service or ask your careers teacher
- If you are 16-18 please seek advice from an adviser at the Youth Employability Service
- If you are older please contact the National Careers Service

Money Advice Service


Job Centre Plus - *Announcement*

Opening Times: 10:00-14:00 from Monday 18th January.

To help keep customers and colleagues as safe as possible in the latest phase of the pandemic, the Department has decided jobcentre opening hours will be 10am to 2pm beginning on Monday the 18th January 2021.
This temporary change means we can continue providing safe, essential services for those who need to come into the Jobcentre and who are unable to interact with us on the phone or digitally. The opening hours of our phone lines remain as they were. In addition, the Relay UK service and the Video relay service are both still available.

Anyone entering a Jobcentre will be required to wear a face covering, unless you are in an exempt category. Please follow the latest government guidance on meeting with others safely and lockdown restrictions. If the Job Centre need to make an appointment with a customer, this will be by the phone. We will leave a message in your journal before we call you.