Are you a carer or do you know someone who is?
We recognise that the lockdown during COVID 19 has been especially tough, perhaps with increased stress, responsibilities, anxiety and fatigue.
Recent research has found that the number of carers around the country has increased amidst the pandemic, largely due to extended family no longer being able to visit their relatives to support them, younger siblings being at home and of course the burden of disease caused to many care providers themselves- leaving much of the household duties to the younger members of the family.
These local services in Derbyshire are still open and offering support over the phone or via online groups and events, please contact them:
Derbyshire Carers Association – including Derbyshire Young Carers Service: https://www.derbyshirecarers.co.uk/
Universal Services for Carers in Derby: http://www.citizensadvicemidmercia.org.uk/carers/
For local carers information in one place online visit:https://www.carersinderbyshire.org.uk/
If you are concerned about your health please do not put off getting in touch with your GP, they offer telephone and online consultations helping you to access the care you need so you can offer the vital and valued care you give each day.
Healthwatch Derbyshire is here to help anyone navigate the changes to their health and social care during COVID-19 especially anyone without internet access:
Telephone: 01773 880786 Mon – Fri 10am – 3.30pm
Watch the full BBC News ‘Life as a Young Carer under lockdown’ report, which features young carers in Salford here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-52948236/coronavirus-life-as-a-young-carer-under-lockdown