I was made redundant in january with 2 young kids and my wifes company under threat of redundancy too!
its really is a kick in the nuts
took me 6 months to get a job
1st of all get straight onto the DWP jobseekers- 70 quid a week isnt much but it covers a weekly shop
be warned they will make you jump through hoops and try and get you to apply for any old bobbins
they are also desperate to get you off the government books by sanctioning you - so turn up to every appointment and double check the times they give you
jobcentres are depressing places and it does nothing for yourself confidence!
after 6mth I was sent on a'finding and getting a job' 2 day course Id
ask insist to go on one of these straight away as they give you info and insider tips about writing applications, interview techniques and they were really helpful with polishing my CV
was also a good opportunity to meet fellow 'dollies' and realise that you are not the only one in that position
I also managed to do an awful lot of DIY jobs, painting, putting up shelves stuff that doesnt cost much but makes you feel like youre acheiving stuff
also ride your bike, I made a real effort to go for a ride every tuesday, empty trails you can really attack and work out your stress!
and i shouldnt have to say this but never, ever watch bargain hunt