Coronavirus information for Devon Carers services

To find out how our services will be delivered over the next few weeks click here. Please note, we are working closely with our Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team to manage the risks to the smooth running of the services and activities we deliver related to the outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19). Please click here for further information.

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Devon Carers

For Carers by Carers

 

If you look after someone…who looks after you?

Devon Carers are here to help unpaid carers.

How can Devon Carers help?

We enable unpaid carers to maintain their own health, wellbeing and independence; and to care safely, confidently and effectively. We provide carers with the information and advice they need in their caring role. We help carers find support in their community and from local community organisations. In everything we do we are led by carers, ensuring they have choice, control, and a voice as expert partners in care.

We are led by carers

To us, carers are at the heart of everything we do. We are continuously looking at ways we can improve our service, acting upon advice and feedback from carers as well as professionals. We believe that carers should be acknowledged as experts in care for their loved one and it is our role to support them in their caring role.

Many of our team are carers, or have been carers in the past and can draw upon their own life experiences, as well as receiving up-to-date training, in their support of carers.

We are innovative, pioneering and focussed on quality

In 2015 Devon Carers was one of seven UK organisations selected to receive government funding to pilot new ways of delivering peer support. In 2016 we received a Cabinet Office Centre for Social Action award for this work. In 2017 Devon Carers achieved national recognition when it was awarded the Carers Trust Centre of Excellence award for its work with both adult and young carers.

How to get in touch?

There are different ways you can get in touch with Devon Carers, by phone, Live Chat through Pubble (which is with our Advice Line Team) or through The pod.  We’re here to help you.  Just Ask.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 8am – 6pm

Saturday: 9am – 1pm

Helpline: 03456 434 435

(Click here for our telephone charges)

Email: info@devoncarers.org.uk

‘ask’ Live Chat (Pubble)

If you see Pubble or Ask on the website, it is our Advice Line Team.  Where you can chat safely and privately with us here at Devon Carers.

Chat with our helpline Monday- Friday 8am-6pm & Saturday 9am-1pm

Caring for someone in Torbay?

If the person you care for pays their council tax to Torbay Council, visit Torbay Carers Service here

Caring for someone in Plymouth?

If the person you care for pays their council tax to Plymouth Council, visit Caring For Carers here

Our Carers Week activities

Sports Quiz

Are you missing sport on the TV?  Come and show off your knowledge in our Quiz! Join other carers for some light-hearted entertainment about bats and balls, goals and grounds, triumphs and trophies.  Could you be the next Phil Tuffnel or Matt Dawson?!

email: online@devoncarers.org.uk

Cuppa with a Copper

Stay up to date with keeping safe, with friendly advice and reassurance from our Neighbourhood Police Teams, including safety of property, personal safety, safety of belongings and safety from fraud.  An opportunity for you to ask questions.

email: online@devoncarers.org.uk

Pins & Needles

All you sewers, cross-stitchers, embroiderers, dressmakers, patchworkers, quilters, tapestry-makers, plus knitters and crocheters, come and share your finished projects, your work in progress and hobbies with other carers.  It’s time to talk pins and needles!

email: online@devoncarers.org.uk

Wellbeing & Relaxation

Take time for you and treat yourself to some much deserved relaxation. Our therapist, Rosie Kate, will teach you self-easing techniques such as relaxation breathing, gentle stretches, pressure points self-massage and shoulder and neck mobilisations.

email: online@devoncarers.org.uk

Yoga for You

Gentle Yoga from your favourite cosy chair – what could be better! Join popular teacher, Bridget, for a soothing session of yoga from the comfort of your own home.  There’ll be poses you can take away with you to practise on your own.

email: online@devoncarers.org.uk

Creative Carers’ Craft Workshop

Join professional crafter Lyndsey, from Crafting with Blooms by Lyndsey (www.bloomsbylyndsey.co.uk), and learn to make a beautiful flower out of items you have at home. A list of resources will be sent to you, so you can have them to hand.

email: online@devoncarers.org.uk

Mindfulness

A virtual forest therapy walk from your window, your balcony, your yard or your garden. Take some time out and immerse yourself with nature as our Nature & Forest Therapy Guide, Emma, leads you through the session.

email: online@devoncarers.org.uk

Free Carers UK online resources are available via the Devon County Council website with the access code: DGTL8827

Find care and support services, residential homes, advice services, community groups, activity clubs, registered childcare, family support and much more across Devon on this website provided by Devon County Council.

The pod is a new place where carers and others who want to support carers can chat with each other, speak to the Advice Team, health professionals and other carers.

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