Anyone arriving in London intending to become a carer in the UK may need some help and guidance to find their way around. Here’s a list of useful websites and phone numbers to help you on your way.
Please also refer to our FAQs for carers which might answer more of your queries.
The Department for Transport recommends one of the following websites to help you plan your journey whether travelling by car, public transport, cycling or walking:
- AA route planner (for car journey planning)
- Google maps (for public transport and car journey planning)
- RAC route planner (for car journey planning)
- National Rail enquiries (for train journey timetables)
- Cyclestreets (for cycle journey planning)
- Royal Mail (find a postcode or address)
- TfL plan a journey (for public transport in London)
- Traveline (for public transport)
- walkit.com (for planning walks)
These websites will provide you with timetables and a breakdown of your journey. It is often much cheaper to book train or coach tickets in advance of your journey.
Flights to the UK
We recommend the following websites and companies if you are looking for a cheap flight:
Most international carers can use their home driving licence for a year in the UK. However, it is advisable that all overseas carers apply for an international Driving Permit (IDP) as it can be requested by insurance or hire companies.
All applicants for care work with Corinium Care must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom. If you would like advice about your eligibility status or how to go about applying for visas we recommend the following companies and information bureaux:
- 1stcontact This site contains a vast amount of information for anyone coming to the UK from the Southern Hemisphere
- UK Home Office Information on the visas you may be able to obtain dependent on individual status
- OVC Especially for South African carers, this website will be useful when applying for a work permit
Opening a bank account in the UK can be difficult. This site offers advice and information: http://www.workgateways.com/working-uk-banking.html
The following websites will provide you with information on living, travelling and visiting the UK
- Visit Britain (The official tourist site of the UK. Start by choosing your home country and the site will customise to show links that will be especially relevant to your nationality)
- London (A the guide to London’s top events. Discover London and plan your visit)
- Nailsworth (If you are a new carer joining us and coming on the training course at the head office of Corinium Care in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire then you may find this link helpful)
Arriving in London
If you are a carer travelling to London, whether on your way to a client or to set up a UK base, then you may find the following information useful:
- London Underground The tube is the quickest, easiest way to travel around London. Underground trains run from 4am to 1am depending on which line you travel on. Tickets can be bought from vending machines at Tube stations. The most economic way of travelling is to buy a one-day or one-week pass, or to buy an Oyster Card (see below).
- Oyster Card Oyster is London’s ticketing system for cheaper fares. It can be used on the Tube, trains, buses, DLR, London over-ground and some National Rail services in London. You can buy a card from machines in London Underground stations.
- Trains You can get the Tube from Heathrow Airport direct to London Paddington Station, which is London’s mainline train station for journeys to Corinium Care’s head office in Nailsworth, near Stroud in Gloucestershire.
- London Buses Buses travel all over London at all times of day and night. Make sure you check fares and routes before you get on. Be aware of pickpockets, as the buses can get very crowded.
- Taxis London’s famous black cabs can either be booked in advance, hailed on the street or hailed from designated taxi ranks. Follow the link for the Transport of London’s recommended numbers for taxis operating in London. All fares start at a minimum of £2.60.
If you are driving into London, don’t forget to pay the Congestion Charge which operates in central London on weekdays. Payment can be made online. For more information visit the Transport for London
For a list of cheap places to stay in London, click the link: www.travelstay.com
You can also try www.stuckinlondon.com, a website designed to help newcomers in London. It has tips on living in London and accommodation, a photo guide, a London price guide, getting around, opening a bank account and what to expect from England’s capital.
There are plenty of maps and tourist information spots around London and the city is well sign-posted.
England has a ban on smoking in all public places. That includes pubs, restaurants, shops, hotels, bus shelters etc. Flouting the law could incur an on-the-spot fine of £50.
EMERGENCY NUMBER FOR THE UK: To call the police, ambulance or fire service, call 999.