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Cost of living support

If you need support learning new skills or finding a job and are struggling with the cost of living, the following services and organisations might be able to assist you.

Remember - if you are struggling, you are not alone and there is no shame in asking for help. Everyone needs a little bit of extra support at some point in their lives. 

Plymouth Job Centre

Plymouth Job Centre Plus can help you with all aspects of finding a job or explaining the benefits you might be able to claim. 

Phone          0800 169 0190



On Course South West 

On Course South West offers courses for adult learners to help you achieve your goals and develop new skills. There's a range of daytime, evening and online courses and qualifications, including maths and English, as well as digital and creative skills.


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Skills Launchpad Plymouth

Skills Launchpad Plymouth is here to support anyone looking for work, facing redundancy or changing careers. You can speak to the team for free careers advice, find out more about the job opportunities in Plymouth and access lots of resources to help you decide what to do next.  

The Adult Hub supports anyone aged 25+ years and the Youth Hub offers targeted support for young people aged 16 to 24 years, including those with additional needs.  



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Support for people with disabilities

If you have a disability or health condition, the Access to Work scheme can help you to get or stay in work. The support available will depend on your needs, but could include a grant to help pay for practical support or communication support at job interviews, or support managing your mental health at work.


Employers support for employees

Plymouth Charter has created a toolkit with advice for employers and actions that can be taken to make life easier for staff during the cost of living crisis.


Find out what benefits and financial support you may be able to get

Use the government's online tool to find out what support you might be able to get to help with your living costs. You can get benefits and other financial support if you're eligible.

Check what benefits and financial support you can get

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How to submit an organisation or community group to this website

If you are an organisation or community group and can help support people living in Plymouth, please complete our online form and we will add you to this directory.

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