Unfortunately, many people have become unemployed during the current pandemic. It is important that we know what supports are out there if we are struggling and that we continue to look after our wellbeing.
For continued, up to date information, on employment issues and support during COVID-19 (Coronavirus) check out our Employment Guide.
What support is available?
If you are under 18 and were working, full or part-time hours before the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, here are some things to be aware of.
You may be entitled to Annual Leave or Holiday pay depending on your employer and how many hours you were working. It could be a good idea to check in with your employer and see what they can provide. Employers are expected to be flexible during these uncertain times and if you feel your employer is not giving you what you are entitled to, there are supports that can help. FLAC (The Free Legal Advice Centre) offers some basic legal assistance for free and is currently available to contact via phone on Lo-Call 1890 350 250 or 01-8745690.
Unfortunately, there has been no financial support made available to those under 18 who may be out of work due to the pandemic. The Pandemic Unemployment Payment, which is for people who have been made unemployed due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), is not available to those who are under 18. If you are struggling financially it could be a good idea to get in touch with MABS (Money Advice and Budgeting Service) to see if they can provide any support.
Feeling overwhelmed or anxious around the current pandemic?
- Get anonymous support 24/7 with our text message support service
- Connect with a trained volunteer who will listen to you, and help you to move forward feeling better
- Text SPUNOUT to 086 1800 280 to begin
- Find out more about our text message support service
This situation is completely new to everyone involved and it is normal to feel worried or anxious about what is going on. Following the Government’s instructions on how to stay safe and help slow the spread of the virus, can help to make you feel more in control of your current situation.
If you feel overwhelmed by the current situation and need someone to talk to, our anonymous, 24 hour text line is always open. You’re worth talking about and we’re here to listen and support you.