Being a carer in lockdown – what you can and can’t do

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This guide is a reminder of some of the important things that carers are still allowed to do during the national lockdown.

Unpaid carers have always performed a vital role and that network of support around a person is more important now than ever. But, with a changing situation it can be difficult for carers to feel confident about what they are (and are not) allowed to do.

If you’re a carer or know someone who is, this guide could be very useful. Key things to know are:

  • You can be a carer and provide support to a vulnerable person, even if they live in a different household or you are not in a support bubble together. You can still go to the home of the person you provide care for, to support them.
  • Where you can, maintain social distancing.
  • Often, it isn’t possible to maintain social distancing when providing care support. You should still do what you can to limit close contact as much as possible and take other precautions such as washing hands and opening windows for ventilation.

The guide explains everything that carers need to know:

Being a carer in lockdown (PDF)

 


Further information and support

If you’re not able to connect with people due to social isolation, or are feeling lonely or worried about yourself, the person you care for, your work, or anything else, please do contact Carers Count.

Telephone: 0300 012 0231

Carers Count

 

Wellness Service – helping people live healthier, happier lives

The Wellness Service at Kirklees Council helps people to live healthier, happier lives and supports people to feel more able to look after themselves. They have a range of support services, all free of charge.

Get support with:

  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Improving physical wellbeing
  • Steps for life and active for life
  • Stop smoking
  • Support for carers
  • Healthy weight
  • Connect to local groups

If you or someone you know might benefit from one of these services, now is the time to act.

As with many services the Wellness Service is currently restricted from providing the usual support sessions, but they are still open and ready to support adults 18 years+.

They are holding one to one consultations by phone appointment and these can be arranged by telephone or by completing the referral form.

To make an appointment:

Telephone – 01484 234 095

Online: Refer yourself (or someone else) to the Wellness Service

Find out more about the Wellness Service

 


Auntie Pam’s – support is still available for mums-to-be

Being able to provide help, guidance and information for mums-to-be is at the very heart of what volunteers at Auntie Pam’s do. They believe that the health and happiness of pregnant women is just as important as the baby’s, which is why they are here to help every step of the way.

Of course, during lockdown appropriate safety measures need to be in place, which means that the usual Auntie Pam’s venues in Dewsbury and Huddersfield can’t open at this time.

Help and support is still available though and local women can contact the amazing Auntie Pam’s volunteers via telephone, email and social media.

If you know anyone who might need support, a kindly ear or guidance, Auntie Pam’s is a good place to start.

Contact:

Email – auntiepams@kirklees.gov.uk

Facebook – Auntie Pam’s Supporting Mums to be (use messenger)

Telephone a volunteer between 11am and 2pm Monday to Friday:

  • Dewsbury – 07716 843 440
  • Dewsbury – 07716 843 492
  • Huddersfield – 07817 579 995
  • Huddersfield – 07779 993 764

Find out more about Auntie Pam’s

 

Befriending Partnership – Can you help?

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Could you make time for a 30 minute conversation that can make a huge difference to someone’s life?

The Befriending Partnership are continuing to help tackle isolation through their telephone befriending service. Set up part of the amazing response from community organisations in Kirklees during the coronavirus lockdown, this vital service is supporting older people and vulnerable adults.

The partnership is led by the Yorkshire Children’s Centre and Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees. They are still receiving daily referrals for people who are at home and feeling lonely. This is a key time when we’re once again more isolated from each other and when we’re heading towards the colder winter months. They really need more volunteers.

Could you give up a small amount of your time to have a conversation with someone in need?

Full training (via Zoom) and support will be provided to help more people take up this important role. Not sure how to use Zoom? Support will be provided to help you.


How to get involved

Register your interest in being a telephone befriender

Anyone can call the telephone befriending phone line on 01422 252 040
or email enquiries@ageukck.org.uk


Find out more

 

Read our blog about the Befriending Partnership

How the Befriending Partnership are connecting people during lockdown and beyond

 

Your Health and Wellbeing – find support for you or someone you know

Our health and wellbeing is important during our everyday life, but during times of stress and upheaval it is even more important we take care of ourselves and look out for one another.

In the Your Health & Wellbeing leaflet there are contact details for a range of services offering support to keep us safe. The services are free to access, providing you meet the criteria.

If you need support or know someone who does, then there could be something here that helps get you through. Contact details for these services and a whole lot more can be found in the leaflet:

  • Kirklees Wellness Service – Supports local people (18+ years) who have or are at risk of long-term conditions to live healthier, happier lives.
  • NHS Better Health – An online range of tools and support to help kick-start a healthier lifestyle.
  • Kirklees Social Prescribing Service – Work in our communities to support people who are, for example, lonely or isolated, who would benefit from support with their mental health.
  • Peer Support Service – Is a confidential mental health support service delivered by people with lived experience of mental health issues for anyone living in Kirklees.
  • CHART Kirklees drug and alcohol service – Provide a range of treatment, recovery and related support for local people who are 18+ years.
  • Grief and Loss Support Service – Practical and emotional support and advice for anyone in West Yorkshire and Harrogate suffering from any form of grief and loss, or those worried about losing someone.
  • Kooth.com online counselling and support service – Confidential and anonymous service for local 10-19 year olds to gain advice, support and guidance from qualified counsellors through their mobile, tablet and desktop.
  • Relationship Matters – For parents (in the Yorkshire and Humber region) who are together or separated and share responsibility for a child or children who are having relationship difficulties.

Health and Wellbeing Support leaflet (PDF)

 

If you would like to order printed versions of the leaflet, you can email Luc Bride – luc.bride@kirklees.gov.uk. Please include the following the details in your email:

Email title: ‘Your Health and Wellbeing Leaflets’

Tell us which group you are part of, contact details, delivery address and how many leaflets you would like. Resources are limited so please only order as many as you will be able to use.

 


Free online learning opportunities

Crosland Moor Community Learning Centre are offering a range of free online learning opportunities this November, which can help people boost their confidence as well as skills. Could you or someone you know benefit?

There are lots of opportunities for you to learn something new, including:

  • Zoom workshop – Keep hearing about Zoom sessions? Find out what it’s all about
  • Food Hygiene Level 2 – get qualified to begin work in the catering industry
  • What’s recycling all about? – Build your confidence speaking English, focussed on recycling and the environment
  • Working with office apps – making full use of your Google or Outlook apps
  • Digital skills for beginners – first steps to becoming familiar with digital technology
  • Digital Citizenship – for people with some existing digital skills, who might want to consider working toward a qualification.

How to take part

You can find out more about these courses on the Crosland Moor Community Learning Centre website. If there is something there that takes your fancy you can sign-up using the enrolment button and complete your details using the online form:

Crosland Moor Community Learning Centre

You  can also email joanne.berry@croslandmoorclc.co.uk to find out more information first hand.

 

The Covid Quilt Project – a stitch in time

The Covid Quilt Project is a nationwide project aimed at tackling social isolation by bringing people together to be part of something bigger in their community, by stitching our memories into the fabric of time.

By bringing people together in a creative space, to make bold statements about memorable moments in the time of Covid and piecing them together stitch by stitch, the project aims to document people’s experiences by creating a historical textile reflecting a living social history of our time.

But capturing memories and documenting them to look back on is only part of the story. This is also about people and places – a way to talk, create and give people a voice. It is about gaining new understanding of the local communities around us and how we coped.

This is a great opportunity to share your own memory with others, or to help other people to share something, and continue to help bind our communities together.

All project details are available online, including how to get a group together, a timeline for the project, and the support you can expect, such as regular updates, regular Zoom drop-in calls and mutual support and discussion groups.

Find out more

The Covid Quilt Project – patchwork group information (PDF)

Threads of survival – 999 Call for the NHS

Art-based Wellbeing sessions online

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Like many organisations delivering learning during the coronavirus lockdown, PJ Arts Hub have taken to delivering their weekly arts based wellbeing sessions online.

In between Motivational Monday and Feel Good Friday sessions, PJ Arts Hub have guest speakers to motivate you on such things as gaining employment and skill development, to skills swap sessions to either learn new skills or share your own skills to help others.

Everyone needs a bit of encouragement and mental stimulation sometimes, and everyone is welcome to join the sessions.

For more details you can visit:

Proper Job Theatre Co website

 

If you think this is for you, or might benefit someone you know, all you need to do is get in touch with Cheryl for more information.

You can email: cheryl@properjob.org.uk or telephone 01484 514687.

 

Cooking up ideas in the Colne Valley – recipe book

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Mutual aid groups in the Colne Valley have added something a little extra to their food deliveries after local organisations got together to create a recipe book. As well as being value for money, the recipes in the book are easy to make and are nutritionally balanced.

Third Sector Leaders Kirklees supported the groups with funding from One Community and One 17 Charitable Trust have produced the book. The recipe books will now be given out with food packs in the Colne Valley.

Liz Quinn, a director of Pride in Linthwaite, has put together the recipes. She says in the book:

“I’m an NHS dietician in my day job and I felt that this was something that I could help with. I tried to keep the recipes nutritionally balanced and easy to prepare, inexpensive and accessible for everyone. Tinned, dried and frozen foods can be a fantastic source of nutrients. We hope you enjoy the recipes.”

Among the 18 recipes are the likes of Sausage and Bean Stew, Pea and Pesto Soup, Tuna Pasta Bake and Tinned Meat Hash. If you fancy a dessert there is Banana Flapjack.

Just as different ingredients come together to make a healthy meal, it is the many different groups within a community working together who can make useful projects like this happen.

Co-operative Care Colne Valley are the community anchor organisation who are working with community groups and citizens to respond to needs and priorities across the Colne Valley. Along with mutual aid and community groups, they have been at the heart of support for the community during the Covid-19 crisis, providing food supplies, supporting isolated people and developing community activities in Linthwaite, Slaithwaite, Marsden and Golcar.

Community anchor organisations such as Co-operative Care Colne Valley play a significant role in bringing local groups together to help make healthier and happier communities.

See the recipe book

Delicious! Quick and easy great value family meals to make at home (PDF)

 

Works Better – get help to find work

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This post was updated on 6th August 2020

If you’ve volunteered as part of the coronavirus lockdown over the last few months, helping to make sure the more vulnerable people in the community are looked after, you may be considering your next steps. It might be to do more volunteering, find employment or looking for a career change.

Help with finding work is at hand through Works Better. The team understands that this is a stressful time for job seekers and especially those who have recently been made redundant.

The support available includes:

  • Help to apply for Universal Credit
  • Mentoring
  • Advice on updating your CV
  • Searching for jobs
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Support with Job Applications and much more.

Works Better is an employment support programme that has been designed to help residents in Kirklees tackle barriers into work and find new employment opportunities in the future.

Currently, due to Covid-19, services are only being delivered via telephone and digitally, to make sure they comply with government guidance and that residents can still access this crucial support.

To access support from Works Better you must be out of work or unemployed and be a Kirklees resident aged 18+

Find out more

Works Better

or call 01484 221000 (and ask for Works Better)

 


Works Better Enhanced is part funded by the European Social Fund and managed by Kirklees Council. It is delivered across the Kirklees District in partnership with Fusion Housing, Paddock Community Trust, Proper Job Theatre Company and Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing.