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Coronavirus

       

Tip of the month - August 2020

Remove any hand gel from your car during hot months, it is highly inflammable.

 

Please find below links to useful information about help and support during the coronavirus crisis.

Note: By clicking on the blue copy on each page, you will open up a link that takes you directly to the relevant information.

 

Thank you song to the NHS

Love for the people - "Angel by my side" - click here

Unpaid carers

For government guidance for those who provide unpaid care, for friends or family during the coronavirus outbreak - click here

 

Find help below:

 

Somerset Carers Service

This service provides Carers Agents who are Somerset based individuals with a wide knowledge base of local services and information that are invaluable to carers. They are on hand to offer personal guidance and support.

For Somerset Carers Service latest newsletter - click here

For the Somerset Carers Service website - click here 

Phone: 0800 3168600

Text “Carer” to 87070

For Somerset Carers Service "Live Chat" - click here

Download a useful information sheet with contact details of organisations who can help you - click here

What if I am unable to provide care and support at short notice?

In the event that you might, at short notice become unable to provide care and support Somerset Carers Service should be contacted. Please ensure that the person you care for has a copy of the "What to do if" form - click here

Somerset Community Connect

This service offers a website that has lots of information and advice and a directory of providers, local groups and activities and information drop-ins for adult residents in Somerset to find information, advice and services to manage their own care and wellbeing.

Website

 

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Carers Service

Somerset Carers Service works in partnership with the Sompar Mental Health Team.

The Sompar Mental Health team provide information and a supportive network for those who are caring for someone who is a patient of the Somerset Partnership mental health services.

Call: 07774 207458

Email: carers@sompar.nhs.uk

Website

Phone regarding - Adults:

Mendip: 01749 836597

Taunton: 01823 368396

South Somerset: 01935 428420

South Coast: 01278 720238

Phone regarding - Older People:

Mendip & South Somerset: Tel: 01749 836736

Somerset Coast: Tel: 01278 720220

Taunton & Chard: Tel: 01823 368460

Phone regarding - Children and Adolescents

CAMHS East (Mendip and South Somerset) Tel: 01749 836561

CAMHS West (Taunton and Somerset Coast) Tel: 01823 368368

Government guidance on Mental Health matters

 

 

If you are caring for an older person you will find lots of useful information on the new Age UK coronavirus website - click here  

 

End of life care

St Margaret's Hospice Care has been at the heart of Somerset’s community for 40 years, delivering high quality, responsive and compassionate care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness.

To find out more about end of life care click here

 

Supports carers through their Adult Social Care Team who carry out carers assessments and offer support, advice and information. 

A carers assessment will look at how caring for another person affects you both mentally and physically and how it impacts on your wellbeing. Finding out how caring affects these things can help the council determine what support you could receive.

To contact Somerset County Council about a carers assessment please use the Somerset Direct number below. 


Somerset Direct 

Somerset Direct is a contact centre managed by Somerset County Council. Somerset Direct operators will sign post you to departments relating to your enquiry.

Call 0300 123 2224   

Website 

 

Is the UK's only national membership charity for carers, Carers UK is both a supportive community and a movement for change. For the past 50 years they have been driven by carers raising their voices together to call for change and seek recognition and support.

Carers UK provide useful guidance on a wide range of carers issues.

To find out more information about Carers UK - click here

To find Carers UK guidance about the Corona virus - click here

 

FURTHER USEFUL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES FROM TRUSTED SOURCES 

Information about managing your own or someone else's mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic - click here

 

 

For the latest national and local advice and information - click here