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Help for carers



Living with coronavirus, especially when caring for someone who is vulnerable isn't easy.

We know that living with the changing rules and regulations coronavirus brings is having an increasing impact on carers' health and wellbeing.

Mental Health UK offer some useful advice about coping with fear and anxiety; uncertainty; how to pick up social activities and grief. MIND have also provided some great guidance and places to go for support if you are struggling here.

Routines, staying connected, eating well, and taking exercise can help us to maintain good mental wellbeing.

It’s also important to try not to judge your approach based on what other people are doing. Everybody is facing uncertainty and challenge in their own way – we need to move through together, and as best we can.

We are here for you. If you have any concerns about you or the person you care please get in touch. Whether it’s for quick advice or a listening ear, you can call us on 0800 0388 885 or email from 8.15am - 12pm, every weekday.

If you are worried that you or someone you look after may have symptoms of coronavirus, or you need some advice regarding coronavirus, please call the NHS on 111 and let them know you are a carer. You can also book a free NHS coronavirus test here.

Government guidance

19 July guidance on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

Governement priority list for vaccine (see group 6, footnote 3 for carers).

Local advice and guidance

Government guidance for unpaid carers 

Government guidance for unpaid carers 25 or under

Government guidance for everyone

Government guidance on shielding

NHS advice for everyone

Other sources of guidance

Carers UK have put together information and advice, Frequently Asked Questions, wellbeing action plan and Carers Forum where you can chat with other carers.

Carers Trust have put together a page of information and advice.

Bath and North East Somerset Council have published a Stakeholder Newsletter.

Condition specific guidance

British Lung Foundation – advice for those with lung conditions

Myeloma UK - advice for those with myeloma

Parkinson’s UK – advice for those with Parkinson’s Disease

Dementia UK – advice for those with dementia

British Heart Foundation – heart health advice

National Autistic Society –advice for those with autism

Stroke Association – advice for those who have had a stroke

Action on Hearing Loss – advice for those with hearing loss

Diabetes UK – advice for those with diabetes

Mind – mental health advice

Macmillan – advice for those with cancer

Mencap – advice for those with a learning disability

MND Association – advice for those with motor neurone disease.

MS Society - advice for those with MS.

Versus Arthritis – advice for those with arthritis

Ovacome – ovarian cancer advice and support

Blurt – raising awareness and understanding of depression