! COVID 19 - We'd like to reassure you that our local health and care services are well prepared with well-rehearsed plans in place to deal with the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). For further information and advice please click here.
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.
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
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
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 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
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