Anyone providing regular support to a vulnerable friend or relative will want to do what they can to protect their own health and that of those they look after during the coronavirus outbreak.
Like everyone, unpaid carers (including young carers) and people being cared for should familiarise themselves with the public health advice on how to protect themselves from infection. As the situation is changing quickly, the guidance may also change, so carers should therefore check regularly to make sure they are following the latest guidance at:
Carers who do not already have an emergency plan in place may also want to talk with family and friends about who could take over their caring role if they become ill or need to self-isolate – particularly while social work services are under additional pressure during the coronavirus outbreak. It will also be important to make sure you have key information about the person you care for easily available - so that anyone taking over care has all the information they need.
Where carers and family and friends are unable to provide essential care for someone, they should contact their local social work department. Contact details here:
See NHS 24 for advice on coronavirus symptoms; precautions to take; and what to do if you think you may have become ill with coronavirus
Prevention is better than cure!
Details of shielding support for vulnerable people to arrange for food and medicine deliveries, and other support services are available on the Scottish Government website, including details on how you can use the text service to recieve a food parcel if you are in the shielding category.
The Carers Hub is still operating to provide you with support throughout the Coronavirus Outbreak. We have changed the way we provide services to best protect our Carers, Service Users, Staff and Volunteers.
We are here to offer you a listening ear, provide information, advice and sign post you to appropriate practical support. This support is available irrespective of whether you are registered as a Carer with PKAVS or not. You can also check our Facebook page (@PKAVSCarersHub) for information and advice.
Some of our support is being delivered virtually and some through regular contact on days/times and by a contact method that suits our carers best. Where it is safe to do so we are also delivering some support face to face. We are constantly reviewing our services in light of the changes in guidance on best practise throughout this pandemic, and doing everything we can to support our carers in a way which is safe for everyone.
You can contact us
9am-5pm Monday to Friday on 01738 567076
Evenings and Weekends on 07759058207
In these unprecedented times, it is important to look at the bigger picture and start planning ahead. We do not know what is around the corner and everyone is at risk of contracting Coronavirus. For unpaid carers, this is a risk that we do not want to take. Therefore, it is better that we are prepared as well as staying safe. Having an 'Emergency Plan' in place will provide you with a peace of mind and support you as a carer to plan ahead.
Watch the Emergency Planning video created by ENABLE Scotland
DOWNLOAD YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN TOOLKIT TODAY! (once downloaded, you need to click the 'Enable Editing' to disable the document from a protected view)
For further information on future planning, please click the following links below...
Perth and Kinross Council
The Perth and Kinross Council Facebook page will provide local updates for residents of P&K and is worth following.
Perth and Kinross Council also have a new page, providing information for anyone who might need some extra support from their community in the next few weeks and months, and at those who are well and able to offer that support. If you're an individual or part of a community group who could help support the most vulnerable in Perth and Kinross, please get in touch. This page will be updated regularly, so please do check back.
PKC has established a new central helpline number to encourage individuals who are seeking any form of community food support. Community food support is provided by Foodbanks, Community Larders and community groups. Through this helpline, individuals may also be offered with advice about other support that may be available to them. If a referral for community food support is deemed relevant, then details will be forwarded to the organisation concerned to make arrangements in line with their operating hours. The number to call is 0345 30 111 00 and open from Monday - Friday 8:45am - 5pm.
A helpline has been opened to provide advice to Scots who are at high risk from coronavirus and do not have a support network at home. The service is aimed at people who are older, disabled, are pregnant, or who received a flu jab for health reasons. It will connect you to local services which can help provide food and medicine as well as emotional support. The phone number is 0800 111 4000
The Community Care and Crisis Grant provides assistance to people in an emergency situation and may be able to help you if you are struggling to make ends meet during the Coronavirus pandemic. You can contact them on 01738 476 900 (option 2) or email email@example.com
Alternatively, you can apply online at
For enquiries on Single Person Discount, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 01738 477 430
For Council Tax Reduction or Housing Benefit, email HBEnquiries@pkc.gov.uk or contact 01738 476 049 or visit:
For general queries on Welfare Rights, email email@example.com or phone 01738 476 900 (option 1).
Perth City – 01738 413070
South Perthshire Locality (Crieff/Kinross) – 01764 657120
North Perthshire Locality (Blairgowrie/Pitlochry) – 01828 626000
North Perthshire Team – 01796 474818
South Perthshire Team – 01764 653173
Strathmore Team – 01250 877843
Perth City Team – 01738 414564
Organisations who may be able to advise on practical issues or general inquiries regarding carers and your caring role.
Information and advice about equipment and technology that may make your caring role a little easier.
Would you like to know more about the options and opportunities available to you in the local area?
Within our newsletter, we hope that you will find useful contacts, information, and details of support available for Carers within Perth & Kinross and further afield.