Support for carers during coronavirus (Covid-19)

The current coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak is causing many people to experience additional stress and anxiety. If you are a carer, or are responsible for the welfare of someone else, the current situation is likely to be especially challenging. You may find supporting another person with practical activities, emotional concerns and social interests is increasingly difficult while the current government guidelines for protecting yourself and others are in place.

We hope that the information and support outlined below will help you during this time.

COVID-19 vaccine

Carers are on one of the priority lists for an early COVID-19 vaccine. If you care for someone with an illness or disability in an unpaid capacity, you can ensure you are on the priority list by notifying Carers in Southampton.

Call Carers in Southampton on 0870 315 6547 (lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm) to let them know you're an unpaid or family carer. More information can be found on the Carers in Southampton website

Contact our carers’ experience lead

Jackie Petley, our carers’ experience lead is able to offer support to the carers and families of people admitted to the hospital with Covid-19 - either by an online appointment or by telephone.

If you are a carer or family member, you can contact Jackie direct to arrange an appointment at a convenient time. If you reach her answerphone, please leave your name and contact details.

Links to local support

Carers in Southampton

Carers in Southampton are a charity supporting unpaid carers in the local area. They have created a leaflet outlining the support on offer during Covid-19:

Local support organisations

View a list of local organisations who offer services to support carers which may be helpful to you at this time.

Support from Southampton Stroke Association

Southampton Stroke Association has a team of local coordinators working remotely, providing support for stroke survivors and their carers via telephone and online using Skype, Zoom or similar platforms.

You can access resources via their website, providing useful stroke-specific information, topics, videos and forums. 

There is also an online app available called ‘My Stroke Guide’ for stroke survivors and their carers. You will need to register and log-in before using it.

Find out more by visiting the links below:

Resources for children of all ages

During school closures, many organisations and even celebrities are publishing resources online to help children keep learning and stay entertained – there is a useful list available on the GOV.UK website.

Other useful websites