PPE for unpaid carers in Central Bedfordshire

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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.


Related links:

Here are some useful links to websites and organisations for advice during the coronavirus crisis.


Regularly updated coronavirus information from Citizens Advice:


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

The Money Advice Service – Advice for those struggling to pay your gas or electricity bills

Npower – If you are an Npower customer and are struggling with your utility bills

EDF Energy – If you are an EDF Energy customer and struggling to pay your bills

British Gas Energy Trust – Help with your energy bills regardless of who your supplier is

Affinity Water – Help with your Affinity Water bill

UK Power Networks – Support for vulnerable people in the event of a power cut 


Paying your rent or mortgage 

The Money Advice Service – Help available to those with mortgages or paying rent


Help for the self employed 

The Money Advice Service – Your rights if you are self employed


Benefits

Gov.uk – Claiming benefits if you find yourself out of work 


Overdrafts/Credit Cards

Moneysavingexpert – Temporary measures to help with overdraft and credit card interest 


Managing your money

The Money Advice Service – Help if you have reduced income/lose your job


Hardship Funds

Turn2usThe Turn2us website has a grants search facility alongside it’s benefits calculator

Disability Grants – Grants for disabled people

Glasspool – Grants to ease hardship

Moneysavingexpert – Grants for low income families


Donations

Justgiving.com – If you’d like to help financially and show your support during the coronvirus outreak 

The Trussell Trust  – If you can help by donating food or supplies  to a food bank 


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.

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