During the pandemic we have dramatically changed the way we work to support our carers in a time of uncertainty, worry and loneliness. These changes have been made swiftly as lockdown has come about to enable us to still be accessible to carers of all ages.
We understand that caring for a loved one can be isolating and lonely at the best of times, and lockdown has only increased these feelings. With this in mind, we have been making weekly phone calls to our most vulnerable carers – offering support and guidance as well as a friendly voice at the other end of the phone to chat to.
This sense of loneliness and isolation has also brought about the launch of two new services: Care for a Call and ‘Tech’ Loan Service – further details of which can both be found on our website. Our ‘Spread a Little Sunshine’ project was also greatly received: providing activities to our young carers and vulnerable and shielding carers to keep them occupied during this difficult time.
Not only this, but we have brought a number of our peer-to-peer groups online to enable our carers to maintain the support network they have developed during our usual sessions. These groups are accessible via Zoom and there is something going on most days whether you are a young or adult carer and whatever your interests.
With a mixture of quizzes, physical activities, social groups and crafts we aim to support your physical and mental health during this difficult time.