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We are now all facing social isolation and the effect it may have on our wellbeing. We know that for many carers this may not be new, but there will be extra challenges for us all and we will all need to find ways to support each other.
It is very important to continue with social contact, even if this isn’t in person, because staying in touch with others and talking through any problems or worries you have will definitely help.
It is important that you look after your own personal well-being during this period of uncertainty. Accept offers of help and maintain contact with others, over the telephone, Skype or, if you use social media, consider a Facebook, Messenger or WhatsApp group to keep in contact.
It you feel you can, it might be useful to swap telephone numbers with neighbours or local people so that you can keep in contact and support each other: you might be able to share picking up groceries or a prescription to save you both needing to go out.
Keep checking our website for details of local community initiatives set up to support their area during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please get in touch with us if you know of local support that we can share with others.
If you know of other carers who have not used our service before, but who are interested in being included or want to get involved, please encourage them to get in touch via the helpline.
Our Peer Support service will look a little different over the next few weeks:
• Text and phone calls – let us know if you think you would benefit from keeping in touch with another carer for mutual support. With your consent we can swap the contact details you are happy to share with another carer.
• Support calls from a member of our team – alternatively we may be able to offer regular support calls from a member of our team or a volunteer.
• Webchat – you can chat to one of our advisors during when the helpline is open.
• Online forum – chat with other carers online, either in a closed support group or openly to other carers, using our online community The Pod.
• Support with IT – If you need help using your phone, tablet or pc to place orders or to keep in touch, please let us know and we may be able to help.
If you are interested in any of the above, please get in touch with us.