Support for carers

A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help.

This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability. Carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age.

Where to get help during COVID-19

Gaddum Salford Carers Service
34 St George's Way,
Salford, M6 6SU

Telephone: 0161 834 6069
Email: salford.carers@gaddum.co.uk

Benefits of contacting the Salford Carers Service include:

  • Holistic support
  • Social events and wellbeing activities
  • Information, general advice and signposting
  • Regular free newsletter
  • Links to other local carer organisations

Young carers

Young carers are children or young people under the age of 18 who are supporting another person with a long term condition and/or disability.

You can find out about Young Carers services provided by Salford Carers Service by calling 0161 834 6069.

Kooth

Kooth is an online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people.

All children and young people in Salford can now access free online counselling and emotional well-being support. It is available to any young person who may be struggling with their mental health, particularly during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Kooth is for young people aged 11-18 and offers a variety of resources, including:

  • A live chat function that allows young people to contact a qualified counsellor
  • Chat forums with other young people
  • Crisis information
  • Self-help resources

Kooth provides information and support along with treatment for children and young people with a range of mental health problems. Scheduled and drop in counselling sessions are available 365 days a year and include slots at evenings and weekends.

Sign up to use Kooth.

Emotional Health

The Emotional Health directory of services provides access to useful websites, information and services that are available to support children and young people's emotional health and well-being, covering a range of issues such as anxiety, bullying and so on.

SilverCloud

Maintain a healthy mind during this challenging time.

SilverCloud offers online programmes for adults (aged 16 or over) to help ease your levels of stress, sleep better or to build resilience.

You can choose to use any of the programmes. They are self-help, confidential and secure.

To find out more visit the SilverCloud section on the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership website.

Other mental health and wellbeing resources

There are also coronavirus mental health and wellbeing resources and mental health and wellbeing resources available.

Carers of people with dementia

Salford dementia services join forces to increase online support during lockdown

Support is available from Salford dementia services, Age UK Salford and Empowered Conversations, during the COVID-19 health crisis. Online sessions include:

  • Virtual meet ups
  • Quizzes
  • Sofa sing-a-longs
  • Art classes

Empowered Conversations, a support service for carers of people with dementia run by social enterprise Six Degrees is offering a number of sessions and new sessions are being added on a regular basis.

 

If you would like to speak to Age UK Salford about their Dementia Support Services (DSS) groups and support please call 0161 728 2001.

This page was last updated on 4 June 2020

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