Carers and Covid19

Looking after your self

It's really important that you look after yourself during these difficult times. The Five Ways of Well Being are steps you can take to maintain wellbeing, from keeping active to connecting with others. General information on maintaining your mental wellbeing can be found at Keep your Head and cpslmind, as well as the government websiteCambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council provide information on how to get help or to register your self or others as a vulnerable person. 

Needing somebody to talk to

Caring for another person can be exhausting. If you need to talk to somebody there are a number of organisations which can help. 

Rethink Mental Illness runs a carer support line for people looking after a family member or friend with mental health challenges. They can be contacted at CambridgeRethinkGroup@rethink.org or by calling 07783 267013. If you send an email or leave a message, somebody will get back to you within 24 hours.

CPFT have started a Heart and Soul Listening Service. The aim of this service is to give people a chance to talk about the challenges they are facing during the Covid-19 emergency. Heart and Soul Listeners do not provide clinical advice, but offer a listening ear to those that need it. The service is available for anybody who is caring for a friend or family member with a physical or mental health condition.

Caring Together also provides the listening ear service for carers of all ages.

Centre 33 continues to provide support for younger carers. Their phone number is 0333 4141809 and their lines are open between 12.00 - 4.00 Monday to Friday. You can also send a text or WhatsApp message to 07514783745 or email help@centre33.org.uk. Somebody will contact you within 48 hours. 

If you require additional help and support our volunteering page contains information on how to access Good Sams the national NHS volunteering service for the Covid-19 emergency, as well as information on local support available through the local volunteering hubs.  

Support and information about caring for an adult with an eating disorder can be found here. An online support group for carers of service users with an eating disorder is holding a virtual meeting once a week. The meeting is invitation only due to the confidential nature of the discussion. If you think you have been inadvertently left off the list and would like to be part of the meeting, email Keith Grimwade at keith.grimwade@cpft.nhs.uk who will contact the service on your behalf.  

Support and information for carers about end of life care can be found through this link. Information on Bereavement support available within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can be found here

Caring Together is continuing to offer a range of support for carers and the people they care for, including:

  • Home care by qualified care workers. This can include personal care, medication, meal preparation, shopping, and collection of medication.

  • Providing information, advice and guidance by telephone, email and website.

  • Offering a Listening Ear and telephone support service.

  • Supporting and connecting carers by video meet-ups, phone calls and email (instead of the usual hubs and groups).

  • Help to plan for the unexpected.

  • Immediate support in a crisis.

Caring together can be contacted on 0345 241 0954 / hello@caringtogether.org

Rethink Mental Illness provides support for carers, friends and families looking after somebody with a mental health illness. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Rethink Carer Support group can be contacted at CambridgeRethinkGroup@rethink.org / 07783 267013. An on line support group is being held on the 29th April at 7.30. Contact Jonathan Wells at jfgwells57@gmail.com for further information on how to access the virtual group.    

Rethink Huntingdon Carer Support Group can be contacted on 01823 365308 / huntsrethink@gmail.com

Making Space is continuing to accept and respond to new referrals both from clinical staff and self referrals who meet their criteria. Making Space can be contacted on 01480 211006 / christine.burton@makingspace.co.uk /  gillian.loveday@makingspace.co.uk 

 

As a patient

As a patient, relative or carer using our services, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice, and support. 

Patient Advice and Liaison service  Contact the Trust