Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice and Information

For reliable information tailored specifically for Carers, please go to https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19, which also has links to the latest government and NHS advice, including the NHS 111 service (always dial 999 in an emergency).

More advice and information about Coronavirus and COVID-19 and help available locally can be found on the Sutton Council website https://www.sutton.gov.uk/covid-19.


For more urgent assistance regarding caring for someone, including safeguarding an adult or child, please contact the London Borough of Sutton 24-hour Duty team on 020 8770 5000.

Did you know...that unpaid Carers can still care away from home, if necessary?
During the current restrictions, unpaid Carers can continue to provide care or assistance to a friend or family member who is not within their household, someone who cannot manage or cope without support. A person also is allowed to travel to provide covering care or respite to a Carer, enabling them time out or a break from their caring duties.

When travelling to care for someone, or to provide respite care, the necessary precautions still need to be taken. Sutton Carers Centre can help with practical information, advice and support about how to care safely including access to ‘Lateral Flow’ rapid Covid-19 testing, ‘PPE’ (Personal Protective Equipment) and other safety measures you can take; they also can help you create a contingency plan in case you suddenly can’t care due to a change in your circumstances such as e.g. illness, yourself.

Did you know...that Carers are now a priority within the Covid-19 Vaccine schedule?
The government has now published guidance to say that unpaid Carers - those who are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill - will now be prioritised to receive the Covid-19 vaccine as part of ‘priority group 6’, if they haven’t already received the vaccine as part of priority groups 1 – 5 (priority 1, for example, starts with ensuring people in care homes and their care-workers get the new jabs first). The full information is here.

It is not yet known exactly how Carers will be identified and called for their vaccine – but at this point in time, please do not contact your GP surgery as they will not have any further information. If you would like to talk this through, in anticipation, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at Sutton Carers Centre, as above.

Did you know...that data allowance has temporarily been increased on mobile devices?
This scheme temporarily increases data allowances for mobile phone users on certain networks, so that children and young people can access remote education if their face-to-face education is disrupted. Schools, trusts and local authorities can request mobile data increases for children and young people who meet all 3 of these criteria:

  • do not have fixed broadband at home

  • cannot afford additional data for their devices

  • are experiencing disruption to their face-to-face education

 

Further information can be found here.

Your Wellbeing Matters...

We have launched our first-ever 'Wellbeing Bulletin' which is full of information, advice & support to help you look after yourself whilst caring for others. We'd like you to consider this bulletin as a *virtual hug*, to remind you that you are part of an invisibly-connected team of over 21,000 Carers in Sutton - and that the Sutton Carers Centre team is here for you throughout these challenging times, and beyond. Please click here to read.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice and Information

For reliable information tailored specifically for Carers, please go to https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19, which also has links to the latest government and NHS advice, including the NHS 111 service (always dial 999 in an emergency).

More advice and information about Coronavirus and COVID-19 and help available locally can be found on the Sutton Council website https://www.sutton.gov.uk/covid-19.


For more urgent assistance regarding caring for someone, including safeguarding an adult or child, please contact the London Borough of Sutton 24-hour Duty team on 020 8770 5000.

Useful Links to Other Services 

We are gathering the latest information from local services and highlighting national support that is available to help Carers and their families. We will be updating this very soon so please keep checking. In the meantime please see the 'Useful Links' below.

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