Unpaid carers urged to access practical help and funding during Covid-19 national lockdown

Following the Government’s announcement of national restrictions, Hampshire County Council is urging unpaid, family carers to come forward to access help, which includes funds to pay for practical support

Jan 22 2021

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “We know that national restrictions are creating challenges for everyone, but this is especially the case for people who are providing care for their loved ones. Many of our most vulnerable residents are shielding at home and therefore relying on their family and friends more than ever before.
 
“If you provide care in an unpaid capacity there is help on hand. The County Council works with a network of voluntary organisations who can offer friendly, expert advice and practical support. This includes funding which has been made available to make life a little easier during this unprecedented period. I urge anyone who is offering care in an unpaid capacity to get in touch.”
 
Hampshire County Council is working with Andover Mind, Carers Together and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers to prioritise support for unpaid family carers. This includes providing information on the Carers Wellbeing COVID Fund from which people can access a one-off payments to help with any additional challenges during this unprecedented period. The money is designed to address the individual needs of the carer for example financial help with technology, equipment or personal care. It is open to anyone including younger carers.
 
For information on how to apply and general advice visit http://www.connecttosupporthampshire.org.uk/news or call:
 
• Andover MIND - 01264 332297 (select option 3). Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm. enquiries@andovermind.org.uk
 
• The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire - 01264 835246. Monday to Thursday: 9am - 5pm / Friday: 9am - 4.30pm. info@carercentre.com
 
• Carers Together - 01794 519495.  Monday to Friday: 9.30am-1.30pm (answer machine outside these hours). admin@carerstogether.org.uk
 
• The Hampshire Coronavirus Support & Helpline - 0333 370 4000 (calls charged at local rate)
 
Applications to the Carers Wellbeing COVID Fund can be made up until the end of March 2021. It is open to anyone who provides unpaid care including anyone who is under 18.