On 30th December 2020, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) published updated advice which recommends that carers who are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance, or who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer contracted COVID-19, should be included in Priority 6.

Carers UK has been campaigning for unpaid carers to be included in the priority lists for the COVID-19 vaccine in the same way that they are for the flu jab. We warmly welcomed their inclusion and the alignment with the COVID-19 Green Book on vaccination information for health professionals.

You can access the briefing here.

We are delighted to announce that Carers Together is now a member of Employers for Carers and over the next few months we will be working towards the Carer Confident Accreditation.

The Carer Confident Accreditation is a benchmarking scheme which assists employers to build a supportive and inclusive workplace for staff who are or will become carers and to make the most of the talents that carers can bring to the workplace.

If you are a working carer and would like to know how we can support you in your caring role, then please contact us on 01642 488977.

To read more about Employers for Carers the visit the website by clicking here.

 

We want to reassure Carers that there will be very few changes to the way we deliver our services during our new period of lockdown. Our phonelines are open from 9-5, Monday to Friday on 01642 488977 or you can contact us via the referral form on our website.

Our group walks and online activities will go ahead as planned and we will ensure that all face to face events follow strict COVID-19 secure guidelines.  If you have an office appointment scheduled with us, we will be contacting you soon to discuss the safest way of holding that meeting.

 

The Government announced that from Wednesday 2nd December, the North East will be subject to Tier 3 restrictions.  To find out what you can and cannot do in each tier click here.

If you are concerned about how this may affect your caring role, contact us on 01642 488977 to speak to one of our Information Support Workers.  We can provide unpaid Carers with an ‘I AM A CARER CARD’ which identifies you as an unpaid carer registered with our service.

Carers UK have published ‘Caring Behind Closed Doors: 6 months on’, a new report summarising the continued impact of COVID-19 on all parts of the Carer’s role and what the government must do to support Carers through the winter and beyond.  To read the full report click here

Carers Trust have released ‘A Few Hours A Week To Call My Own’, a new report based on feedback from over 2,000 unpaid Carers who have sought support from the social care system.  The report talks about Carers’ experiences and what Carers would like to see in a reformed social care system.  To read the full report click here.

 

Did you know that pharmacies are the most visited of all settings where NHS care is offered?

During the coronavirus pandemic, pharmacies have been on the NHS frontline, working long hours and providing a vital service to communities up and down the country.

“Ask Your Pharmacist Week” runs from 2nd – 9th November and is the perfect time to talk to your local pharmacy team. You can ask your pharmacist for many things including advice on flu, colds, aches and pains, the side effects of medication, how to use your medication effectively and what services are available in your community (including support groups).