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Support for carers

We recognise that for many of you, there will be concerns about looking after someone else at this time.

You may have concerns about the wellbeing of person you care for, your wellbeing, or both.

You may be working from home, caring with less additional support, or coping with additional care needs due to the circumstances.

You may be concerned about someone else who you know is in a caring role. You may also be a cared-for person who has concerns about your wellbeing at this time.

This page contains a list of support lines and websites to provide you guidance at this time – whatever your situation.

Carer Support

If you are a carer you may be thinking about the support available for both the cared-for person, and yourself.

Carers UK

Carers UK is a comprehensive website with tips on a range of topics such as protecting cared-for people as well as information for carers that work.

Carers in Derbyshire

Carers in Derbyshire has lots of information for local carers, including emergency planning and contacts, looking after people with different conditions, online carer groups, benefits for carers and wellbeing advice.

Derbyshire Carers Association

Derbyshire Carers Association offer a wide range of confidential and independent services to support you as a carer.

We offer a wide range of confidential and independent services, helping you to care. We offer a wide range of confidential and independent services, helping you to care. email info@derbyshirecarers.co.uk

Supporting someone living with dementia

Alzheimer’s Society have published information on coronavirus for people affected by dementia. They have information on activities, supporting people from a distance, and support individuals living with you (or alone).

For advice on coping without daycentres or face-to-face support groups, you can visit Dementia UK

For general advice on supporting someone living with dementia at home, particularly if you are now providing more caring support the NHS has a dementia guide. For example, things that may help at mealtimes.

Support lines

The Alzheimer’s society have a helpline you can call for further advice tel: 0300 222 11 22

To connect and talk with other people affected by dementia, you can visit the Alzheimer’s Society online community Talking Point.

You can also speak to a dementia specialist Admiral Nurse at Dementia UK, tel: 0800 888 6687.

Supporting someone with Autism

We recognise that this unprecedented period of change and disruption is very difficult for many autistic people, and their families. For a range of resources and tips tailored for this time you can visit the National Autistic Society. Use their helpline enquiry form or email supportercare@nas.org.uk.

Emotional health and wellbeing

If you are feeling anxious, worried or overwhelmed at the moment we have information to support your emotional health and wellbeing.

QWell

For online counselling and support you can visit QWell.

Support for parents and carers of children

We recognise that there may be new and different pressures during this time. Many of you will be concerned about how to support your child’s wellbeing at this time.

Mind Ed for Families

Mind Ed for Families is a useful resource for parents and professionals. They’ve got information on topics such as sleep, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, and family and relationship issues.

Young Minds

Young Minds is a well trusted charity providing advice and information about a number of mental health issues.

Online concerns

If you are concerned about your child spending more time online or on apps, Net Aware is a useful site to visit. It is a collaboration between the NSPCC and O2. You can search the apps or site you want to know more about, see an expert’s view on the risks and also tips for staying safe.

Sleep problems

Sleep problems can be a real concern for parents and perhaps more so as routines change. The NHS has a comprehensive webpage with some healthy sleep tips for children.

Support with family life

Family Lives is a charity providing support regarding all aspects of parenting including coping with family life during Covid 19. They have a help line you can tel: 08088 00222

For support as a single parent during this time, you can visit Gingerbread.

The National Autistic Society have developed a range of resources for parents of a child, or children, with autism.

Text-based counselling for your child

Kooth is a web based confidential support service available to young people. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people.

Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor. Counsellors are available from midday to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. Young people can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed. Outside counselling hours’ young people can message the team and get support by the next day.

Emotional health support and information for your child

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families website is designed to empower young adults to look after their mental health. It has a jargon buster, and tips for self-care.