Global’s Make Some Noise is supporting charities like the Enfield Carers Centre give support and advice to carers in their local community.
The carers themselves provide unpaid support to people who could not manage without help, this could be because of illness, frailty, disability, mental ill-health or substance misuse problems.
Carers can suffer from isolation as their caring role can often be a barrier to making and maintaining relationships, the lockdown situation has magnified this problem as they no longer have access to external support networks such as family, friends and community groups. Many are now caring with even less support than before. The pandemic has also had a huge impact on young carers, many of them are caring for people in very high-risk groups, they are running households and are facing huge challenges to provide food and medication.
The Enfield Carers Centre has adapted its services to meet the needs created by the Coronavirus. They have recruited five new volunteers and have set up a telephone befriending service to call the most vulnerable, offering support and practical help. They have also issued PPE to carers, delivered equipment and liaised with GPS and social workers. Ensuring that the most vulnerable are protected. The charity is also providing support for young carers with multiple online sessions on a wide range of subjects including social chats, tuition, yoga and fun challenges. In total 274 young carers have attended online sessions or received one to one support since lockdown began in March.