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Looking for Work

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I entitled to claim any benefits when I am unemployed and looking for work?
What help is available to support me when looking for work?
I’m thinking about setting up my own business, how do I go about this?
How can the Jobcentre Plus help me to find a job?
I would like to volunteer/gain work experience, how do I go about finding a placement?

Web chat: Click here  to speak with an online adviser.

Text relay users can call 03444 111 445  for help from Citizens Advice


Here are some links to national and local websites which offer information and advice on looking for work:

Citizens Advice – “Advice Guide”: website:
Waltham Forest council:
Voluntary Action Waltham Forest:


Local information:

Waltham Forest Job Bus
Waltham Forest council runs a ‘job bus’ which is available in various locations across the Borough. The service provides free information and guidance on training, skills and jobs from qualified advisers. For more information visit the council’s website:

Contact details for Waltham Forest based Job Centre Plus:
Jobcentre Plus – Walthamstow
7-13 Westbury Road
E17 6RH
Telephone: 0345 604 3719

Jobcentre Plus – Leytonstone
1 Lemna Road
E11 1JJ
Telephone: 0345 604 3719