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

Image show a man holding Kirklees Think Carers sign

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?

Lady talking on a mobile phone sitting at home.

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

 

People Helping People – 12th November 2020

The next online People Helping People local network event is on Thursday 12th November 2020 from 11.30am to 12.30pm.It’s run by Third Sector Leaders Kirklees, to help small community organisations in local places across Kirklees to get together, meet each other, share what you are doing and learn what others are doing. It is another chance to share best practice and discuss how we might be able to support each other.

Supporting people through lockdown, Christmas and beyond…

Join other like-minded local organisations to discuss how we can think differently about supporting people and run covid safe activities during lockdown and beyond. Hear from other local groups, share experiences and get information, advice and support.

How to take part

This meeting will take place online and you will receive a link that you click to join the meeting nearer the time. You do not need any special software, or to download anything or set up an account. You should just be able to click and join.

People Helping People – register on Eventbrite

 

If you have any problems or questions about accessing the meeting, please contact comms@tslkirklees.org.uk

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.

 

If you’re part of mutual aid, you’re part of local democracy

Online event – Thursday 22nd October, 6pm to 7.30pm

Have you been involved in a mutual aid group or community organisation in your neighbourhood during covid-19? By being an active citizen in your local place you are part of your local democracy. You are making decisions about what happens in your neighbourhood and working with others to make it happen. This October we’re talking with active citizens about whether you feel part of local democracy now, and listening to your ideas about what would help you and others to stay involved in civic life.

You are every welcome to join in our online discussion workshop to share your experiences and ideas with other mutual aid participants and members of Kirklees Council’s Democracy Service.

Register to take part in our online discussion

 


Local Democracy Week 2020

This is part of a series of online events and covid-safe activities to celebrate Local Democracy Week 2020 in our local places. See our full programme to find out what else is on…

More local democracy events and activities in Kirklees

 

Adult Safeguarding: training to help you keep people safe

Adult Safeguarding week runs from 19th to 23rd October 2020. Third Sector Leaders Kirklees are running some important sessions for local groups and volunteers. Never before have citizens in our communities been so active in supporting vulnerable people. TSL Kirklees continue to offer new learning and awareness events to make sure we remain informed.

If you’re interested in attending a free session to learn more, or if you know a group or volunteer who might be, you can find out more and book your free place now…


Scams and Frauds Training

Delivered by the Financial Exploitation and Abuse Team at West Yorkshire Trading Standards 

Tuesday 20th October from 10am to 12 noon

This training will be relevant to staff and volunteers who are supporting vulnerable and isolated people anywhere in Kirklees. The session will provide information on Scams and Doorstep Crimes including new Covid-related scams in the local area. Illustrated with real case studies, it will also provide an overview of the role of WY Trading Standards and how you can report a concern.

The training will be hosted by Third Sector Leaders Kirklees and delivered via Zoom.

Book your free place for the scams and frauds training 


Adult Safeguarding Basics

For Community and Volunteer-led organisations anywhere in Kirklees

Thursday 22nd October from 6pm to 7pm

We all have a role to play in keeping people safe from harm and abuse. Covid has meant that more vulnerable adults are ‘invisible’ as they are unable to access their usual support services.

This short briefing for community groups and volunteer-run groups will include:

  • Measures your group can take to protect staff, volunteers and those who use your services or participate in your activities
  • Signs and indicators to look out for when you are helping ‘adults at risk’ in your community
  • What to do if you think someone may need help.

The Training will be delivered via Zoom by Third Sector Leaders Kirklees in partnership with Yorkshire Children’s Centre.

Book your free place for the safeguarding basics training

People Helping People event – 13th October 2020

The next online People Helping People local network event is on Tuesday 13th October 2020 from 1pm to 2.30pm. It’s run by Third Sector Leaders Kirklees, to help small community organisations in local places across Kirklees to get together, meet each other, share what you are doing and learn what others are doing. It is another chance to share best practice and discuss how we might be able to support each other.

Coping with the ever-changing lockdown rules

Looking for advice about what your group or organisation can (or can’t) do during Covid-19? We know that it’s a confusing and worrying time for organisations who are managing community spaces and running community activities. At this meeting you can hear advice from others who are going through the same thing.

How to take part

This meeting will take place online and you will receive a link that you click to join the meeting nearer the time. You do not need any special software, or to download anything or set up an account. You should just be able to click and join.

People Helping People – register on Eventbrite

 

If you have any problems or questions about accessing the meeting, please contact comms@tslkirklees.org.uk