Caring Behind Closed Doors 2020

Carers UK (April 2020) report looking at the 'forgotten families in the coronavirus outbreak.'

'Carers UK’s survey into the experiences of over 5,000 current and former carers has found that the coronavirus crisis is having a profound impact on carers’ lives. Many of those who responded were providing very high levels of care, or juggling care in complex lives. They are those most in need. Not only are many providing more care than before,they are suffering financially and are worried about the future.'

How services have adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic across South Tees: Healthwatch South Tees report

The report shares details about how flexible and responsive services have been, adapting to the restrictions and changes within the community. We celebrate the remarkable determination and willingness that services have shown to ensure the public are still cared for, including those with existing needs and those impacted by COVID-19, to reduce new and existing health inequalities. This report raises awareness of gaps in support services, shares good practice to encourage collaborative working and a detailed service directory (from respondents) at the back of the report.

Impact on Carers being able to access health and social care services during 'lockdown' 2020

This Carers UK report focuses on experiences of feeling lonely and of accessing support among a key group of carers in April and May 2020, during the official COVID-19 ‘lockdown’ period. It contrasts their experiences with those of other people. An estimated 6,048,286 adults in the UK provided care to someone living outside their own household in 2020. They are a ‘subset’ of the 10,991,440 estimated adult carers. 

Impact on Carers financial wellbeing during 'lockdown' 2020

This report considers the financial wellbeing of people providing unpaid care (outside their own household) in April and May 2020, during the UK’s official ‘lockdown’ in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also looks at their likelihood of being ‘furloughed’ and at changes in their working hours, analysing these by sex, age and employment status. An estimated 6,048,286 adults provided care to someone living outside their own household in the UK in 2020. They are a ‘subset’ of the 10,991,440 adults estimated to be carers.

Kinship Care Week

Kinship Care Week is a national week to to celebrate kinship families, raise awareness of the role of kinship carers and say a big, public THANK YOU!

Grandparents Plus will be sharing information and activities across the week on Facebook and Twitter

We have produced a range of designed posts and pulled together some useful information that you can use and share during the week. 

Supporting Working Carers

There are an estimated 3.7 million working carers in England and Wales. A growing number of people are playing a dual role in balancing their jobs with their caring responsibilities. More people have taken on caring responsibilities during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic exposing more people to the impact of looking after a loved one. 

Supporting Working Carers in Covid-19

The latest report from Carers UK on supporting working carers during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

'With an additional 2.8 million workers1 having taken on caring responsibilities in a matter of weeks since the outbreak of COVID-19, supporting carers in the workplace has never been so urgent. This year swathes of people – most in their 40s and 50s and in employment – have started caring unpaid for family members and friends who would otherwise manage on their own, but are now vulnerable to COVID-19.'

The common core principles for working with carers

Skills for Care helps create a well-led, skilled and valued adult social care workforce. They are a trusted independent charity, working as a delivery partner for the Department of Health and Social Care. 

The common core principles for working with carers describe the behaviours carers would like to see when professionals are working with them. They provide a base for good practice and training for care staff.