Coronavirus Information for Carers
During this COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to know what support is available to you as a carer and those you look after.
Here at Blackpool Carers, we are continuing to monitor guidelines and directives from the Government, NHS and Public Health England and are adapting our services and support accordingly.
Our highest priority still continues to be ensuring that our staff, carers and their families are healthy and safe whilst continuing to deliver high quality services and support for carers in Blackpool.
Please see the information below but also visit our Useful Resources page for details of additional local support available to carers.
How can I continue to get support with essential deliveries of our medical and food supplies?
Pharmacies and food stores will continue to offer support to those who are most vulnerable. If you or someone you care for have been on the shielding list, you will retain access to priority delivery slots as well as NHS volunteer and local council or trust support.
GP surgeries remain open, many offering telephone consultations as standard, and appointments by video app or in person if absolutely necessary.
Please contact us on 01253 393748 if you need further support in practical ways – we will be able to direct you to the most relevant services available in your local area.
When will we be able to have the vaccine?
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs.
It’s being given to:
- some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
- people who live or work in care homes
- health care workers at high risk
- The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.
They will contact you to invite you for your vaccination.
The JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) has included unpaid carers on the vaccination priority list (UK wide) group 6. Many carers will be in a group higher up the list due to age if they are over 65. You can find the list of groups here.
Emergency NHS Numbers
- NHS 24 (for use if coronavirus symptoms worsen): 111
- NHS Inform (no symptoms but looking for Coronavirus advice): 0800 028 2816
- COVID-19 Helpline for people in high risk category who do not have a support network at home: 0800 111 4000
- Emergency services – Ambulance: 999
Protecting your mental wellbeing
Carers UK have some valuable tips to help both you and those you care for look after yourselves and protect your mental wellbeing. CLICK HERE to visit their website.
Lancashire and South Cumbria`s mental health helpline is now open 24/7 to help those struggling during the coronavirus lockdown. The helpline offers advice and emotional support.
The helpline operated by the area’s leading mental health provider Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust is available for anyone who is struggling to cope, feeling isolated or experiencing mental health problems such as stress, anxiety or depression.
The helpline can be contacted on 0800 915 4640 or by texting ‘hello’ to 07862 022846.
Samaritans offers free confidential support 24 hours a day on 116 123.
You can find a list of national mental health services and helplines at https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk
Challenging times, difficult and uncomfortable thoughts can really affect us and our loved ones.
It may seem like we’re alone, but please be reassured that we are not, there is always someone to talk to, whether by phone, text or web chat.
Here is a list of organisations, agencies and charities who can provide information, advice and support for anyone in need.
Phone: 0800 917 7650 (24-hours)
Phone: 0300 222 1122 (Mon – Fri, 9am to 5pm, Sat/Sun 10am to 4pm)
Phone: 03444 775 774 (Mon – Fri)
Beat (Eating Disorders)
Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s)
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm – midnight)
Cruse Bereavement Care
0808 808 1677 (Mon – Fri, 9am to 5pm)
(Free confidential helpline for people worried about their own or someone else’s drinking)
0300 123 1110 (Mon – Fri 9am – 8pm, Sat/Sun 11am – 4pm)
(Advice on all aspects of parenting, including dealing with bullying)
0808 800 2222 (Mon-Fri, 9am to 9pm and Sat/Sun, 10am to 3pm)
(Free, confidential information and advice about drugs)
0300 1236600 (24-hour helpline)
or, text a question to: 82111
0330 094 0322 (24-hours)
Kooth (Young people)
(Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers)
0808 808 1111 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
0300 123 3393 (Mon – Fri)
National Gambling Helpline
0808 8020 133 (daily, 8am to midnight)
(Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty)
0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hours)
0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hours)
0808 802 9999 (daily, 12pm to 2.30pm and 7pm to 9.30pm)
(Advice on dealing with domestic violence)
0808 2000 247 (24-hours)
116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
(Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers)
Digital mental health support.
Text 85258 or visit:
(Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide)
0300 111 5065 (Mon – Sun, 9am to 9pm
(Estrangement Support Charity)
(Information and support for LGBT communities)
0800 0502020 (Mon – Fri, 9.30am – 4.30pm)
The Silver Line
(free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people)
0800 4 70 80 90 (24hours)
0808 168 9111 (24-hours)
(Information on child and adolescent mental health)
0808 802 5544 (Mon – Fri, 9.30am to 4pm)