Carers of West Dunbartonshire
A carer is someone of any age who looks after and supports a relative or friend who, because of their disability, illness, frailty or addiction, would not otherwise be able to live independently at home. Carers of West Dunbartonshire is an independent, voluntary organisation which is managed by a voluntary Board of Directors. The service works in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council and West Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership.
Like many services, we are having to work from home and are not able to visit you or have you come to the Carers Centre but we are thinking of ways that we can support you through what is a very difficult time. The carer support team are contacting as many carers that are registered with Carers of West Dunbartonshire as possible by telephone to make sure that you are getting the support that you need. The services that we offer will look and feel very different to the services that you have had in past, but it’s not for ever and all of the team remain committed to providing you with as much support as we can.
If you are worried, need information or just want to talk to someone - we are still here for you. Call us on 0141-941-1550 and listen to the message about how to get in touch with the Carer Support team. If we don’t respond straight away, it is because we are helping someone else – we will get back to you. You can also visit us at www.carerswd.org or www.twitter.com/CarersofWestDun
To ensure that you have the support that you need we are working hard to contact registered carers by telephone. The following support remains available:
Information and advice
Access to other services, if available
Replacement Care to give you a break from caring
Small grants to help you in your caring role
Help Packs containing essential cleaning products and basic food items
Relaxation and activity items to help manage lockdown
Help with maintaining good health and well being
Online Yoga classes
Access to PPE for eligible carers
Making Caring Visible in 2020
As well as being rewarding, caring can also be extremely challenging and as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, carers are currently dealing with greater challenges than ever before. The impact that caring can have on one’s life from relationships and health to finances and work, should not be underestimated.
It is important that as a community we all understand the challenges that carers face and ensure that they receive the recognition and access to support that they deserve.
Many carers feel isolated and that their caring role is hidden; Carers Week 2020, recognises that now, more than ever, it's time for us to come together and help Make Caring Visible.