The UK's unemployment rate is at its highest in nearly five years. If you're feeling grateful to be in steady work, here are five ways you can help those that aren't so lucky.


This charity relieves unemployment and poverty in communities by helping those of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities – many with barriers to employment – gain the skills, knowledge, confidence, and experience needed to forge a career in the hospitality sector and change their lives. Hospitality has been one of the sectors hardest hit during the pandemic – as of December 2020, 41% of businesses had temporarily paused trading, compared to 13% across all industries.

Smart Works

This charity provides high-quality interview clothes and interview training for women in need. Smart Works believes in the power of clothes to give women the confidence to be their best at such a crucial moment in life, but also offers practical one-to-one coaching to build the confidence needed to succeed at interview. The charity operates across eight locations in the UK, thanks to 150 trained volunteers and the generosity of individuals and retailers who donate clothes.

Youth Employment UK

Official government figures released this February show that younger workers are bearing the brunt of job losses, with the under 25’s hardest hit. This social enterprise is tackling youth unemployment by giving young people a voice on the employment issues that affect them, providing 14-24 year olds with free resources, advice, and guidance via its Skills and Careers Hub, supporting employers to develop youth-friendly practises and connecting young people to youth-friendly employers.


Remploy provides specialist employment and skills support for disabled people and those with health conditions. The charity was founded by the British government in 1944 and provided direct employment for disabled people in a national network of factories. It now has a network of high street branches providing specialist employment and works with thousands of businesses to help employers recognise the value of employing disabled people.