CARERS WEEK – 8 – 14 JUNE 2020 – MAKING CARING VISIBLE IN 2020
This Carers Week is time to reflect on how important the caring role is to our society. The huge contribution that carers make, the challenges they face supporting those they care-for as well as balancing their own well-being, made even more difficult during COVD times.
Carers UK inform us that there are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers, they often feel isolated and lonely whilst looking after a family member or friend who had a disability, mental or physical illness, or who need extra help as they grow older.
Caring can be an extremely rewarding experience but can also be very complicated, whether it is grappling with understanding the benefits system, how to pay for care, getting a carer’s assessment which looks at what support might be needed, or how to improve well-being and access valuable emotional support.
During these particularly difficult times carers who are looking after the very vulnerable in our society every day, are living with increased worries, anxiety and exhaustion with heightened fears and concerns. Caring can lead to feelings of loneliness and being disconnected, so it is important to speak to someone who understands what you are going through, a listening ear to get support for your own well-being as well as being able to connect you to a range of services within our Borough.
Many unpaid carers do not realise they are a carer - the reality is that there is a 50:50 chance that any one of us will become one at some point during our lifetime.
If you are a Carer or you know someone that is and needs support, this is time to share your thoughts and concerns with us at The Havering Carers’ Hub you can contact us on 01708 961111 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your well-being is important to us and we are here to help!
The Carers’ Hub Team
Havering Council has launched a new free-to-call helpline for residents with urgent needs because of coronavirus.
0800 368 5201 You can call between 8.30am and 6pm.
Havering Council are asking residents with concerns around care, urgent issues around health and wellbeing, lack of access to supplies including food and medicine to call the helpline.
Residents with less urgent needs or needing advice on other council services should go to the Council's website for a range of contact options.
You can also email: email@example.com
Important Coronavirus Update
Dear Carers and Cared for,
Due to the current update from Boris Johnson on behalf of the Government and to protect your health and safety and your cared for and that of our staff and volunteers we have made the following decisions. This is to prevent face to face contact and the possibility of the spread of the virus by bringing groups of people together.
· No home visits
· No in-house appointments
· No appointments
· No training
· No peer support groups
· No activities
· No drop-ins
· No out-reach at various centres and GPs across the boroughs
We are here and will still be offering telephone support, and are able to provide information, advice and guidance between our office opening times.
Havering 01708 961 111
Face Book: Havering Carers’ Hub