Do you care for a vulnerable family member or friend who can’t manage without your help? Are you looking after someone, on top of working, and trying to cope with Coronavirus?
There are thousands of people across the county who care for others, not because it’s their job, but because they are related, or out of kindness for others.
It’s unpaid work, but it’s absolutely vital.
There are around 63,000 carers across the county.
They are essential in caring for those in need. An increasingly important role during the Coronavirus outbreak.
The County Council, is able to support and help people who care for others, working in partnership with Worcestershire Association of Carers.
This includes a central contact point to offer help and advice for adult unpaid carers. This service can be accessed 8am-8pm, 7 days a week, by calling 0300 012 4272.
As well as this, the Adult Social Care Access Centre is also available 8am-8pm, 7 days a week on 01905 768053.
Councillor Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care said: “Carers across the county have been simply brilliant during the pandemic, there are not enough words to describe how important they have been to us - making sure our residents stay safe and well.
I’d like to thank all of our carers who give up their time to care for someone, whether that be a family member, friend or neighbour.
It’s the togetherness and the community spirit that we’ve all generated during this time will be remembered for years to come, when the lockdown measures are lifted, and it’s something we can all be immensely proud of.”
Carole Cumino, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Association of Carers said: “We are pleased that the important role of carers has been recognised by the County Council and that they have made it possible for us to extend the Worcestershire Carers Hub helpline hours.”
“Whilst the pandemic has been hard for everyone, it has been a particularly difficult and anxious time for carers. We know that many of them are putting all the energy into caring for their loved ones and keeping them safe, sometimes to the detriment of their own health. We would encourage people to get in touch with us at this stressful time and we will do whatever we can to support you.”
Carers have been in touch with the helpline with various needs during this period. One carer said “I want to thank WAC for being so efficient with the support offered. I don’t know what I would have done without them.”
There’s also more information on the support available for carers pages of the County Council website or visit Worcestershire Association of Carers website.