A list of the Support Available for family carers (unpaid carers) throughout Covid-19
Family Carers Vaccination Information
Unpaid Carers will be invited for their Covid-19 vaccination as part of priority group 6, although if you are over 65 or classed as clinically extremely vulnerable to the virus, you will be invited earlier. Invites for the vaccination will be sent out via GP practices to carers that are known to GP's. Carers will be known to their GPs if they have been identified as an unpaid carer.
You can find more information on the identification of Family Carers via the Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedure
If you are identified as an unpaid carer, you will be contacted by your GP and invited to have a vaccination. If you are already registered, don’t be worried if you haven’t been invited yet, you will be contacted.
If you are an unpaid family carer, you can alternatively book a vaccine via the National Booking System or by calling 119 and completing a short application. Please be aware that by booking via the National Booking System, your appointment may not be local.
What should I do to check if I am registered or if I am not registered as an Unpaid Carer?
If you have not already done so you should immediately contact your GP surgery and inform them that you are an unpaid carer and wish to register as an unpaid carer. Unless you do that your GP may not know you provide unpaid care and you may miss out on the chance of receiving the vaccine earlier.
You should specifically mention that your age (16 to 64) and your caring role puts you in Category 6 of the COVID-19 vaccination schedule.
If your GP Practice says that you are not eligible to move to category 6 of the vaccine schedul, you should inform them that:
- You are, under UK law (The Care Act 2015), an unpaid carer.
- In addition, Government guidance sets out clearly in the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI): advice on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination that Category 6 of the vaccine schedule; includes those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
- Insist that you are legally eligible to be included in Tier 6 of the schedule for COVID-19 vaccination
Support for Family Carers
There is a range of support available for family carers (unpaid carers) during these times.- from Financial Support to Mental Health and Wellbeing.
There may be times when you feel worried about how your caring responsibilities are impacting your finances. There is a range of financial support that you may qualify for depending on your circumstances. This includes support with council tax, help with rental costs or daily living expenses.
Local Assistance Scheme- Our Local Assistance Scheme is designed to help the most vulnerable residents in meeting an immediate short-term need or maintaining their independence in the community. Help can be given with daily living expenses and/or furniture items and white goods.
Local Council Tax Reduction- Local Council Tax Reduction helps people on a low income pay their Council Tax.
Discretionary Housing Payments- Discretionary housing payments provide extra help if you are already getting Housing Benefit or Universal Credit (including housing costs for rent) but you still need further help with your rental costs.
Self Isolation Support Payment- On 20 September 2020, the Government announced a new national Test and Trace Support Scheme. Payment of £500 will be available for residents on low incomes, who will lose earnings as a result of self-isolating. This is to encourage people to get tested if they have symptoms which is important to help stop the transmission of COVID 19.
Family Carer Support Organisations
Doncaster Carers Reach Out Service - delivered by ‘Making Space’ who support adult carers of adults Making Space can support people in a caring role, helping to enable carers to be connected in their community and give balance to aid people in their caring roles. - call 01302 986900 email- DoncasterCarers@makingspace.co.uk. Making space have recently launched their 'Carer Cards' which can be useful to identify unpaid carers who are supporting a loved one and carrying out essential tasks/duties, get in touch with them to find out more.
Doncaster Parent Voice - is a group of parents and carers of disabled children who work with local authority, education, health and other providers to make sure the services they plan and deliver meet the needs of disabled children and families. Accessible to parents or carers of a child/ren with any type of additional need or disability are welcome to join. Joining does not mean you have to commit lots of time, you can join and receive information only, and then decide if you want to get more involved at your own pace- call 01302 637566
Doncaster Partnership for Carers- aim to empower and encourage carers in all aspects of their caring role, and to maintain their effectiveness in that role by offering emotional and practical support and free counselling call 01302 637566
DonMentia- has two grant schemes available for people living with dementia and their carers. Please remember that we have limited funds and these funds have come from donations and fundraising. We have ear-marked short breaks, mobility aids and sentry products as crucial to ‘quality of life’ and it is for these that we may be able to offer financial support. The forms are now available online (please do not phone). If you require any assistance in completing the forms then please send a sms message to 07876 401658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org https://donmentia.org/grants/
Rethink Doncaster Carers Service- support service for carers providing practical and emotional support 01302 329491
Support 4 Change- is a group for anyone affected by someone else’s drinking or substance use Tel 01302 730956
Doncaster Mind- supporting people who are experiencing mental health difficulties by promoting awareness and aiding personal wellbeing and recovery Telephone 01302 812190
Young Carers Service- We can provide 1:1 support , information, advice and advice on things like how to get help for the person you care for or help with finding out about higher or further education. Group work, and activities including social groups Advocacy - we can support you in making your voice heard. 01302 736099 or email email@example.com
Working Carers- Doncaster Council is proud to be working with Employers for Carers to help support working carers and businesses in Doncaster keep hold of the carers in their workforces. Through the Council’s partnership with Employers for Carers, local businesses are now able to access practical resources, advice and information online to help support carers in their workplaces. As part of the Council’s partnership with Employers for Carers, Doncaster carers are also able to access an online platform which has information and support on health and wellbeing, carers rights and working and caring, and access to Jointly (Carers UK’s care co-ordination app). This site can be accessed here: carersdigital.org using our unique access code: DGTL1849.
Digital Inclusion for carers- help for people to get online reducing social isolation supporting in practical solutions to those in a caring role, making appointments, doing online shopping and following interests and pursuits. Call 01302 735387
Doncaster Carers Charter
Informal carers are vital to those they care for, and we recognise the need to ensure that carers know they are carers and can find the right support and guidance when they really need it. Key partners in Health and Social Care in Doncaster have signed our 'Carers' Charter' which is our commitment to supporting carers in our town.
- Carers Charter
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- Carers Commitment
- Download (12.5MB - PDF)
PPE for Unpaid Carers
Free PPE is now available to unpaid carers who need it, so they can continue to keep themselves and those they care for safe from COVID-19 if they have to move between households. Doncaster Council are supporting access for all carers in Doncaster to the necessary free PPE.
To make the free PPE accessible to as many people as possible we are pairing up with our partner Making Space, Doncaster Carers Out Reach Service whom already offer support to the carers across Doncaster.
The criteria (as set out by the Government) is that you must be providing unpaid personal care to a friend, family member and move between households to provide the care.
To access this free PPE you should contact Making Space, Doncaster Carers Reach Out Service who will be able to take you through the initial process. Contact requests and collecting PPE will be on a Monday and Thursday between 10am – 3.30pm. Initial contact can be made by calling 07713 089 678 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org PPE can be collected from Unit 4 Stone Cross House, Doncaster Road, Kirk Sandall, Doncaster, DN3 1QS
Covid-19 Transportation Information
If you are struggling to get to your covid-19 vaccination due to lack of finances or problems with mobility then there is help available. The North Doncaster Development Trust is providing free and safe transport to residents of North Doncaster to get to and from their vaccination appointments.
To refer yourself or somebody that you know to the service please: email email@example.com or call 01302874587.
Guidance for Care Home Visits
The current Government Guidance surrounding safe care home visitation is as follows:
Visiting is a central part of care home life. It is crucially important for maintaining the health, wellbeing and quality of life of residents. Visiting is also vital for family and friends to maintain contact and life-long relationships with their loved ones and contribute to their support and care.
This guidance sets out the government’s advice to support safe visiting:
- every care home resident can nominate up to 5 named visitors who will be able to enter the care home for regular visits (and will be able to visit together or separately as preferred)
- residents with higher care needs can choose to nominate an essential care giver who may visit the home to attend to essential care needs
- the 5 named visitors may include an essential care giver (where they have one) but excludes babies and preschool-aged children (as long as this does not breach national restrictions on indoor gatherings)
- to reduce the risk of infection residents can have no more than 2 visitors at a time or over the course of one day (essential care givers are exempt from this daily limit). The named visitors should be tested using rapid lateral flow tests in line with the testing regime detailed below, should wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), maintain social distancing and follow all other infection prevention and control measures (which the care home will guide them on) during visits. Named visitors and residents are advised to keep physical contact to a minimum (excluding essential care givers). Visitors and residents may wish to hold hands, but should bear in mind that any physical contact increases the risk of transmission. For this reason, there should not be close physical contact, such as hugging
- residents with higher care needs can also choose to nominate an essential care giver. As set out above, essential care givers are included in the total of 5 named visitors but excluded from the 2 person limit per visit or per day
- any children visiting (apart from babies and preschool-aged children) should also be counted towards the maximum number allowed for the visit. National restrictions on indoor gatherings must be followed. Find out more about what you can and cannot do
to support effective infection prevention and control in care homes, named visitors:
should be tested using rapid lateral flow tests in line with their testing regime detailed below and produce a negative COVID test prior to their visit
should wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), maintain social distancing and follow all other infection prevention and control measures (which the care home will guide them on) during visits
- care homes can also continue to offer visits to other friends or family members through arrangements such as outdoor visiting, rooms with substantial screens, visiting pods, or from behind windows