Posted: 16/02/2017 at 10:30
Wonky - you should sign on anyway if only to get your stamp paid for retirement many moons hence. Presumably you've paid your taxes so are entitled and it's not at all shameful even tho I can understand it may feel humiliating.
Good luck with the job hunt and I hope you do get a gardening position. When I was made redundant in 1989 I used a government set-up scheme to start a small garden business - not cutting grass or hedges but rescuing and re-vamping neglected gardens for people I used to work with or knew thru the riding club. Did it 3 days a week and played the other two so I didn't lose the fun factor. Used some of the spare time to sow and grow babies I would then sell to clients.