As a direct result of COVID-19, carers across the city are in distress or at crisis point. Carers, who reside in areas of high deprivation, have been greatly impacted and isolated as a result of the virus. They are unable to get help from family, friends or neighbours due to the national state of emergency lockdown measures. Our carers have struggled to get online shopping deliveries, are unable to access key worker shopping hours, are not able to access the internet and key support information due to not being able to afford the technology. We also provide support to people caring for a person living with a mental health diagnosis. The outbreak has placed immense pressure on our carers in this category and there is an urgent need to offer counselling sessions via video call.
We aim to urgently address this inequality for our unpaid carers; delivering the respect and recognition they deserve for the work that they are doing and establish them as an equal partner in care.
VSA received £10,000 to provide emergency support grants for 75vulnerable families referred by social work, older people with chronic health conditions and unpaid carers. The grants helped to alleviate pressure around food poverty in low income families and those with caring responsibilities, caused by the pandemic.
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