We understand that carers might be worried about Coronavirus/Covid-19, both for the people they care for and for themselves.
Below are some useful links to information, guidance and suggestions of how to minimise risks and make plans for how to deal with a changing situation – for you and for the people around you.
Our services are operating mostly as normal with our Carer Advice Line available as usual Monday-Friday 10am -4pm. Phone 0114 272 8362.
Please note that we can help carers think about planning for an emergency – including what steps could be taken if carers become unwell. Click here for details.
Our Wednesday drop-in sessions and April Carers Cafe are suspended. Any other changes to our services will be updated here.
UK Government guidance:
*New* There is special advice for extremely vulnerable people and how carers can take extra precautions when visiting them. Click here to download our summary in a PDF.
Translated versions of Government guidance for vulnerable people and about social distancing are available in Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese and Mandarin, Polish, Urdu and more: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people?utm_source=c2519d2e-b685-423d-a96c-6ec2cb69faed&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate
NHS / 111 advice
This includes a simple checklist of things to do if you think you have symptoms. https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
There is more detailed information on this NHS web page: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Sheffield City Council
The Council are providing updates via their Sheffield Newsroom website. You can read more or subscribe for news alerts via email: https://sheffieldnewsroom.co.uk/
Advice for carers, including how to protect the person you care for, contingency planning, and advice for working carers: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19
Voluntary Action Sheffield
VAS have a map of local support groups, including volunteer mutual aid networks, and community hubs: https://www.vas.org.uk/sheffield-covid-support-map/
Mental Health Foundation
Advice on looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus/Covid-19 outbreak: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak
There is also advice on talking with your children about news that might be scary: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/talking-to-your-children-scary-world-news
There is further advice about managing mental health, particularly around possible or actual self-isolation: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/#collapse4ff9b
Useful resources from SHEFFIELD MENCAP & GATEWAY:
Easy Read advice about Coronavirus.
Download this in PDF format: https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/health/coronavirus