Introducing a new PPE service for unpaid carers in Central Bedfordshire
Who can get help with PPE with this service?
A carer is someone who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction. The care they give is unpaid and is voluntary to support that person.
If you are an unpaid carer providing personal care to someone else (particularly if they are not in your household), you might want to consider using PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to protect yourself and the person you are caring for.
Central Bedfordshire Council are pleased to be able to offer a range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), if you need it.
This includes protective gloves, disposable face masks, aprons and a face shield.
They are working in partnership with Carers in Bedfordshire, a local organisation with a great range of support available to you as a carer.
You can find out more at www.carersinbeds.org.uk or by calling 0300 111 1919. Carers in Bedfordshire are continuing to provide telephone and virtual support including group activities and individual support, as well as sending out appropriate information. There are also a number of webinars available to attend to find out information about specific conditions.
How and when to use PPE
Information on when to use PPE and guidelines on using PPE correctly can be found in this Public Health England guide:
Download the Public Health England PPE illustrated guide.
How to order your PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
If you are an unpaid carer, please contact the Central Bedfordshire Council team by following the below instructions:
– Contact by email: carersPPE@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk
– Make sure the title of the email is “Carers PPE”
– Include your name and address (so that PPE can be posted to you) and the glove size that you require
– If you do not have access to the internet, please call 0300 300 8900 with all of the above information and they will arrange for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to be sent to you by post.
Here are some useful links to websites and organisations for advice during the coronavirus crisis.
Regularly updated coronavirus information from Citizens Advice:
- Check what benefits you may be entitled to
- If you need help paying bills
- If you’re struggling with living costs
- If your employer tells you not to work
- If your partner makes you feel threatened/frightened
The Disability Resource Centre – The Disability Resource Centre is a local charity and has useful information and free services listed on their website. The team is contactable by telephone, email, Facebook Messenger, text, WhatsApp and you can chat directly to the team on the website.
Paying your utility bills
Paying your rent or mortgage
Help for the self employed
Managing your money
Can you help?
The National Care Force is a nationwide network of care providers, healthcare workers and volunteers ready to support the most vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak. See the The National Care Force website for full details.