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What is a carer?

What is a carer?

A lot of people who provide unpaid support do not see themselves as carers as they may feel that is a normal part of life. This support might include:

  • personal care such as assistance with bathing and dressing
  • help with medication
  • cooking, grocery shopping and domestic tasks
  • accompanying to appointments
  • transport
  • help managing finances
  • emotional support

Caring for someone living with Dementia - a personal experience from Marcelline Russell

COVID-19 Coronavirus and caring for someone 

Unpaid main carers are a COVID vaccine priority group as of December 2020 - unpaid carers, including carers in receipt of carers allowance, are now recognised as one of the priority groups (Group 6) receiving the COVID vaccination.

For further information please see GOV.UK website: Phase 1 – direct prevention of mortality and supporting the NHS and social care system.

  • All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality.
  • This also includes those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill. 

Online resources and support for unpaid Carers from Health Education England NHS 
Please visit the website:

During this difficult time, as always, the Greenwich Carers Centre can help.

Their support team can be reached 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday

Telephone: 07423 110 805 and 07423 108 4468. 

Please do get in touch if you would like a well-being plan, an emergency plan or information about our online forums. They will also provide advice on individual supermarket COVID-19 policies including vulnerable and elderly hours, limits to shopping hour, purchase restrictions.

Unpaid Carers - COVID-19 information on claiming Carer's Allowance, vaccination priority group.

If you provide personal care for a friend or family member you are now eligible for free PPE (personal protective equipment).  Please click on the following link for further information: FREE PPE FOR UNPAID CARERS

There is good specific Carers UK advice and guidance for carers during the pandemic at the following website:

Carers UK Covid-19

The website includes useful information, links and videos on how carers can protect themselves and those they support (including infection control procedures) as well as other relevant guidance. 

During these really challenging times carers will need more support than ever so please do keep in touch and remember that we are here for you. 

For further information please go to:

Royal Borough of Greenwich  - Carers

Greenwich Carers Centre Telephone 0300 300 2233

Herbert Protocol - a  new protocol to keep people with dementia safe, devised by West Midlands Police. 

What is the Herbert Protocol?

The Herbert Protocol is a form that is aimed to try and protect people with dementia. It can be filled in by carers, family, or friends of a person who could go missing at any time. To find out more follow this link