Will the pandemic lead to greater recognition of unpaid carers?
Carers were placed in Priority Group 6 for the Covid-19 vaccination in December following a campaign by Carers Trust (of which we are a Network Partner) and others. Many carers have now received a Covid-19 vaccination but some are still waiting or are uncertain if they can get one or how to access it.
So, if you are the main carer for someone at increased risk from coronavirus (such as an elderly or disabled person) but have not received an invitation to receive the vaccine you can book an appointment here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or call 119 free of charge.
Please also look out for advice on emerging from lockdown, registering with your GP and information on our new lottery in the news plus read about just one of the Young Carers we have supported.
Chief Executive Officer
Our Essex Befriends service is continuing to support Carers, older people and people with mental health issues and learning disabilities. We are also working with the Essex Welfare Service, particularly supporting people with mental health issues, who are often suffering increased anxiety due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Our Essex Befriends volunteers work extremely hard to keep in touch with all our clients across Essex. All our volunteers receive training before they start befriending and are well supported by staff if any difficulties arise with clients.
If you would like to volunteer for our Essex Befriends service, please visit our website www.essexbefriends.org.uk