Engaging with carers

A carer is someone of any age who supports a relative, partner, friend or neighbour, who due to physical or mental illness, disability, frailty or addiction could not manage without that support. Carers are vital and play a leading role in supporting our communities.

New! Coronavirus support for Carers

Doncaster Council – Coronavirus Information for Parents and Carers

Details from the council website are available here

Doncaster Carers Reach Out Service

Latest information regarding carer cards is available here

Doncaster Council – Community Hub

The Hub can help with:

  • Delivery of emergency food
  • Collection and delivery of medication
  • Regular check-ins with people who are isolated
  • Signpost and support to others who can help including local volunteers

Details of how the Community Hub can help you when you have no-one else to support you are available here

Doncaster Age UK – support for older people

Details of the support available from Age UK Doncaster can be found here

Carers UK – Support for Carers

Carers UK has launched support for carers including a telephone helpline, further details are available here

Government guidance on Covid-19 and supported living and home care

Further details are available here

Carers UK – State of Caring Annual Survey 2020

You may have already seen that the Carers UK State of Caring 2020 survey has now launched.The survey is the UK’s most comprehensive research into the lives and experience of carers and many professionals who work with carers find the results provide a useful evidence base for their work locally. Last year it was completed by over 8000 carers and Carers UK used the evidence to push carers up the agenda for policy makers, to help inform practice and to campaign for recognition and change across the UK. This year we have new questions to help inform and shape practice around health and well-being, employment and technology.Please share this survey with your contacts locally and consider filling it in if you are a carer yourself.

The survey will close on 17th May 2020 and we will be releasing a research report in the summer. If you have any questions about the research, please get in touch with our policy team by emailing policy@carersuk.org Thank you for all you do to support carers locally.

Doncaster Council launches Social Care Academy to fill vital social care roles in response to Coronavirus

Further details including how to apply are available here

Top tips to help you to look after your mental health

It’s understandable to feel stressed, anxious or worried at the moment, so we’ve prepared some top tips to help you to look after your mental health.

If you are feeling anxious then this is what you should do:

  • Focus on managing the anxiety rather than trying to get rid of it
  • Follow health guidance given as fully as possible
  • Talk about emotions and try not to push them away – they tend to come back stronger if you do
  • Try to focus on what is happening now rather than what could happen in the future
  • Take time to do enjoyable activity including exercise
  • Drink plenty of water and try to maintain a balanced diet.

Also:

Take breaks from news and social media

The amount of content regarding coronavirus can be overwhelming, frightening and a lot of the time misleading. Try to limit the time you spend on social media as the virus is the main focus and being bombarded by posts about it can lead to anxiety and depression. If possible mute articles and posts around the virus and stick to reputable sources of information. When checking on the news, try to set this at a specific time of day and stick to it so that you aren’t constantly inundated with the same topic.

Wash your hands – but not excessively

Try to recognise the function behind your hand washing and cleanliness behaviours. Ask yourself am I washing or cleaning for the recommended amount of time to reduce the risk infection – or is this behaviour happening ritualistically in a specific order until it ‘feels right’?

Stay connected with people

Try to arrange regular check-in times with friends and family.

Try to ensure that you maintain positive routines but also set yourself goals to get variety in your life. Groundhog day will set in and it is a good time to try complete those household tasks and goals you’ve been putting off.

Avoid burnout

Make time to relax and unwind. Mindfulness techniques can be useful to remain in the present moment. Try to notice when your thoughts are spiralling and ground yourself in the moment by focusing on things around you. What can I see, hear, touch around me right now. Use this to remind yourself that ‘in this present moment I am safe’.

Take care of your physical health

Regular exercise is recommended, deep breathing and stretches can also aid in de-stressing. Try to ensure that you maintain a good routine regarding your eating and sleeping habits. It can be tempting to eat easy meals and junk food but eating well balanced healthy meals will help in managing your mood as well. Get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs.

For more details visit the RDaSH website here

There is also a range of resources to help you with your health on the RDaSH  Engagement HUB.

Need professional help with your mental health?

Need help with anxiety? Please get in touch with the Talking Shop and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Teams:

Doncaster

Talking Shop – 01302 565650.

Anyone with a long term condition can call RDaSH’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Long Term Conditions Team on 01302 379563 or reach them via the Single Point of Access Team on 01302 566999.

Urgent mental  health need? 

If you need urgent mental health help the RDaSH Crisis Team is here to help you.

Doncaster Tel: 01302 566999

Voluntary sector and other support

You can call The Samaritans free of charge on 116 123.

Doncaster – Rethink helpline – 0808 801 0442

Safe Space, a support service for people experiencing mental health crisis in Intake can be accessed by calling 01302 566999

Doncaster Council and a range of organisations in Doncaster, including Doncaster CGG are committed to providing help and support for carers in their daily life by recognising what’s important.

A Doncaster Carers charter has been published along with partnership commitments as to how we will work together to support carers in Doncaster.

For Carers Week 2019 we supported a wide range of activities that took place across Doncaster.

Carers breaks: new guidance and videos

A new resource produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence and Carers UK, includes evidence-based guidance and almost 30 the examples of practice.

The guidance is accompanied by videos of carers giving advice to other carers on the importance of taking breaks.

The short video below provides really important and useful information for all carers on the importance of taking a break and the opportunities available to help with this

Young Carers

A short animation produced by NHS England provides an insight into the lives of young carers and hopefully encourage young carers to seek support.

The video is intended to raise awareness of the challenges and issues faced by young carers. Further information can be found on Doncaster Council’s website and a short blog by local GP and NHS Doncaster CCG Clinical Chair, Dr David Crichton.