Coronavirus (COVID-19) unpaid carers

Information for people who are caring, unpaid, for friends or family during the coronavirus outbreak

A carer is someone who provides care, unpaid for a friend or family member, who cannot cope without their support. This maybe because they have a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, mental health condition or an addiction.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

If you are an unpaid carer and you are having difficulties sourcing PPE, you can either complete our online form or contact us via email:

Please highlight your current situation and PPE requirements and we will aim to assist. A typical pack of PPE would last 3 months.

There are also national suppliers of PPE such as:

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

There is lots of information on the GOV.UK website regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). The webpages are updated regularly: Coronavirus (COVID-19) (GOV.UK website, opens in a new window).

This guidance provides useful information for people who are caring, unpaid, for friends or family during the coronavirus outbreak: Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care (GOV.UK website, opens in a new window).

There is also specific guidance ‘Coronavirus Covid 19: providing unpaid care such as friends and family for adults with learning disabilities and autism: COVID-19: providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults (GOV.UK website, opens in a new window). The guidance helps people with caring responsibilities to:

  • keep people with learning disabilities and autistic people safe
  • support them to understand the changes they need to make during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • protect their own wellbeing

Support for carers

For information and support please go to the Carers page.

Contingency plan

It is important for you to have a contingency plan for the person you care for. If you need support to do this please contact Worcestershire Association for Carers: Worcestershire Association of Carers (opens in a new window).

If you have specific queries about the person you care for, please contact the Adult Social Care Access Centre: 01905 768053 - you will be redirected to the appropriate team as appropriate or email: AdultTeam@worcestershire.gov.uk.