Coronavirus support for carers

Information, support and guidance for carers during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Verifying yourself as a carer

If you’re a carer that’s registered with us or our partners Action for Family Carers or Carers First, we have sent you a letter.

This letter identifies you as a carer and is for you to use with retailers and others should you need it.

If you're looking after someone and not getting paid for it, and need this letter, contact us or one of our partners (Action for Family Carers or Carers First) to register.

Social care support

If you have a question about care packages, emergency plans or social care needs for those you support, contact us.

Get guidance and support

GOV.UK has guidance on caring for friends or family during the virus outbreak and what to do if you or the person you care for has symptoms.

There are a number of organisations that can help you, including:

The Essex Coronavirus Action Support Facebook page is a space for Essex residents to connect and discuss a variety of issues.

If you need to explain about the the current situation to those you support, you can download 4 books from Books Beyond Words.

We've gathered resources to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.

Support for young carers

If you’re a young carer, we will continue to support you throughout this period.

Our key workers will carry out casework and assessments where possible by using digital means, such as by phone or Skype. This will be in agreement with you and your family.

If you need to refer a young carer, visit Essex Youth Service to complete our online referral form.

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