Listening to carers, particularly those that have just joined the Mobilise community we know that many are looking for help and don't know where to turn. There are a number of organisations who are ready to help but not everyone is connected with them. We've pulled everything together into one simple list - a big thank you to our community of carers who help us to stay informed.
Royal Voluntary Service & NHS Responders
Help with shopping, collecting medication or essential supplies. They also have a 'check-in and chat' service if you just need to talk to someone. You can request support on behalf of someone else, or simply if the support will help you continue your role as a carer.
Helpline: 0808 196 3646 (open 8am to 8pm)
Covid Mutual Aid
Connecting you with local volunteer community support for help with shopping, collecting medication or essential supplies. Some are offering transport to medical appointments and telephone chats too. There are 1000's of locally run groups across the UK.
Your Local Council
Check your Local Council website for details of additional support being offered during the Coronavirus outbreak (or give them a call). You can normally register with them for support if you are caring for someone who is vulnerable, shielding or extremely vulnerable. Also Contact your Social Care team to let them know your situation.
If you don't know who your Local Council is you can find out here: https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council
Your Local Carers Centre
If you are not already registered with your local carers centre do get in touch with them to find out more about the support they offer. If you are registered but have not yet been contacted by them call or email and update them on your current caring situation.
You can find your local carers centre here: https://carers.org/help-and-info/carer-services-near-you
Your GP Surgery
Make sure you are on the practice 'carers register.' Make an appointment to speak to a GP if you are struggling to cope, feeling unwell or concerned about your physical or mental health - don't put it off.
Caring for someone who is extremely vulnerable
If the person you are looking after is clinically extremely vulnerable, or has been told by their GP or other medical specialist that they are extremely vulnerable and need to 'shield' you can register for help with getting supplies or their basic health needs. Find out more and register on their behalf here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable
There is now a National Helpline where you can be connected with support in your local area. You can call on behalf of someone who needs help
Helpline: 0800 111 4000 (Mon- Fri 9am-5pm)
Information is being updated quite frequently at the moment, when we hear about something new we will pass it on so do sign up below to be kept in the loop