Published Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Carers across Coventry are to get extra support to help combat the extra pressures and demands bought on by Covid-19.
The Council has agreed an enhanced carers support offer for people carrying out this vital role.
In Coventry there are approximately 17,000 adult carers and 1,700 young carers registered with Carers Trust Heart of England who lead carer support for the Council, and data from the 2011 census indicates that 32,101 people in Coventry provide some form of unpaid care.
Carers receive support including information and advice, networking, emergency support services and planned replacement care. Some carers are also eligible for breaks from their caring responsibilities to maintain their health and wellbeing.
However, the impact of Covid-19 has meant carers have been at greater risk of isolation due to less social contact and social distancing, day services have reduced capacity and many carers will also have concerns about their own futures.
Young carers have also been impacted by Covid-19. For many the caring role has intensified and the normal respite of going to school has not been available.
To help continue to support carers, a new package of extra services has been put in place to offer additional support to carers in Coventry.
Cllr Mal Mutton, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, agreed the enhanced support measures which include:
Cllr Mutton said: “Coventry’s carers provide an absolutely vital role for their loved ones, many of whom would require more formal care should they not have their family member with them.
“It’s so important we and Carers Trust Heart of England keep supporting these heroes, now more than ever during this devastating time. I’m delighted we’ve been able to increase our help for carers. Carers support vulnerable friends and relatives day in and day out. Without the dedication of these carers the bill for Social Care could be a great deal higher’”
Sonja Woodhouse, CEO of Carers Trust Heart of England said: “The effects of the COVID pandemic has impacted us all and life may now look very different for people with caring responsibilities, especially those who are looking after someone that they care about for the first time.
“This project means that we can offer even more support to family carers in the city, recognising their vital role in helping to reduce pressures on health and social care We are very grateful for the additional support from Coventry City Council and for their commitment to carers in the city”
If you are a carer and would like more information on the support available, please contact Carers Trust Heart of England on tel: 02476 632972, email: [email protected] or website: www.carerstrusthofe.org.uk