Coronavirus (COVID-19) and North Tyneside Carers’ Centre Tuesday 19th May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and North Tyneside Carers’ Centre
Tuesday 19th May 2020

Earlier today the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that almost 40,000 people have died with Covid-19 in England and Wales. The number of people who have died since the virus took hold in care homes has now surpassed 10,000. This is the horrifying and stark reality of the pandemic which is touching so many people’s lives.

As we enter week ten of lockdown, many carers who we have spoken to over the last week are concerned about restrictions easing and the risk this poses to the people they care for. Carers are confused about whether they can and should allow care workers back in the home and whether they should be issued personal protective equipment. Young carers are concerned about returning to school, parent carers are worried about their children returning to school and all are mindful of the impact this will on their families.

As a result, carers are anxious, worried and are concerned about keeping the people they care for safe. This year National Carers’ Week takes place from the 8th – 14th June and the theme is ‘Making Carers More Visible’. This comes at a time when carers have been an invisible army working away in the background, in isolation, to protect the people they care for.

We have arranged a number of groups during the week to hear from carers about their experiences during Covid-19 – what they have struggled with most, how it has impacted on their wellbeing and what their fears are coming out of the pandemic. This will help shape our support in the future and be shared with local commissioners and decision makers. We are also delivering sessions for professionals about support carers need during this period and beyond.

Please look out for our newsletters and communications on social media detailing what is going on during the week. We want carers to be VISIBLE and receive the recognition they deserve.

Please pick up the phone and call us on 0191 643 2298 or access Live Chat on our website, if you would like information and advice or are having a bad day. Our staff are here to help you.

Stay safe and stay well.
Claire Easton
Chief Executive