Coronavirus Help & Support

There is a lot of information and advice available regarding the Corona Virus crisis and where to get help and support. However we are aware that some carers are still finding it difficult to access the support they need.

With the new local lockdown imposed on Leicester City and the surrounding areas we have added information below that applies to carers in those areas only.

We have sorted through many resources and documents and gathered together those that maybe most useful for local carers. Please click on the links below for further information.

If you need support to access any of these services or cannot find what you are looking for please contact us at The Carers Centre on 0116 251 0999 or email enquiries@thecarerscentre.org.uk

Latest Guidance for residents of Leicester City and surrounding areas

This is the government guidance on the local lockdown:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/leicestershire-coronavirus-lockdown-areas-and-changes?utm_source=Voluntary+Action+LeicesterShire+%28VAL%29&utm_campaign=f538234295-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_11_09_29_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_171e97d8d1-f538234295-110046063

There is also information on the city and county websites below:

• Leicester City
https://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council/coronavirus/coronavirus-in-leicester
• Leicestershire county council
https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/how-you-can-help/increased-restrictions-for-leicester-and-parts-of-leicestershire-announced

• Translated messages and information:
Leicester City Council Facebook pages have all the information in a variety of languages:
https://www.facebook.com/leicestercitycouncil

If you would prefer to view these messages in various languages as a video please go to https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL36Ij8AN28RbWaQafwdLt5S47VnNHrT_h

• Testing:
You should stay at home as much as possible and get tested if you start to experience any symptoms. There are testing centres in:
• Evington Leisure Centre
• Victoria Park
• Spinney Hill Park
• Highfields Centre
• Birstall Park and Ride
Some of these are drive through and some are walk in centres so please do check first via the Council websites shown above.
You can book your test online at nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or call 119

• Leicester Council of Faiths:
Leicester Council of Faiths have issued a press release in response to rumours circulating on social media regarding the Leicester area outbreak.
Please see their FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/CouncilofFaiths/photos/rpp.174472676333/10156132465961334/?type=3&theater

Latest Government Guidance

For the latest updates on the changing national guidance please go to https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Government guidance for Carers

The Government has now provided guidance for carers. If you are caring for someone who is deemed to be extremely vulnerable, take extra precautionary measures by only providing essential care and ensure you follow the NHS hygiene advice for people at higher risk.
The government’s guidance also provides practical information such as finding alternative care quickly if you’re unable to continue caring and on what to do if you or the person you care for has symptoms. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-providing-unpaid-care/guidance-for-those-who-provide-unpaid-care-to-friends-or-family

CarersUk  advice & Guidance

CarersUk are providing up to date information for carers and have lots of useful advice and resources on their website including your rights and entitlements during the crisis, emergency planning, benefits and welfare, looking after your health and wellbeing and much more. This is an excellent set of resources for all carers gathered in one place and easy to understand.

The website is regularly updated with all the necessary information and is well worth checking on a regular basis

https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19

Local support and services across Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland

If you need support or urgent help please contact your Local Authority on their Corona Virus Helplines:

Leicester City has a dedicated area on their website but for urgent support please email: adultsocialcare-covid-helpline@leicester.gov.uk 

https://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council/coronavirus/

Rutland has a lot of contact information on their website but for urgent support please call:  01572 729 603
Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm (including bank holidays)

https://www.rutland.gov.uk/my-services/health-and-family/health-and-nhs/health-and-support-services/coronavirus/   

Leicestershire County has a dedicated helpline for anyone who needs support from Adult Social Care: 0116 3050004

Their website also has useful information however for local support you will need to contact your district council. You can find all the contact details here:

https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/how-to-find-help