A Message from our CEO - 18th September 2020
After a summer of staying near home, restricted travels and limitations on our activities, I am very pleased we can offer you some wellbeing support over the next few months. It is not nearly as much as we would normally like to do, but we have listened to your ideas and suggestions and been as creative as we possibly can, with the current guidelines. We are very aware of the guidance, and apologise if we have to curtail any activity, but really hope we will be able to expand our offer instead! It is so important that you, our amazing carers, take time to look after yourselves. Thank you so much for all you do. Please do get in touch with us, if we can offer any support at all, and we look forward to seeing you at some point soon.
See our Wellbeing Newsletter Autumn 2020 for more details.
Best wishes, Diane
A Message from our CEO - 17th July 2020
Welcome to Kingston Carers’ Network, I am delighted that you are interested in knowing what we offer the amazing carers in our borough.
It has been a very unusual and challenging few months and I would like to reassure you that we are still here and keen to support you all. For the time being, we are continuing to provide information, advice and guidance only via telephone, email or video call (zoom, teams, what’s app). Most of our regular support groups continue, again by zoom and we hope to restart some physical exercise classes in small groups, in the park, in the next week or so. The young carers’ project has a wonderful summer planned, with virtual activities and we have also reintroduced actual groups, with a robust risk assessment.
As you know, the situation does change and we are working hard to return to a more face to face service, when it is safe to do so. We are especially looking forward to our wellbeing activities, particularly our day trips which so many of our carers enjoy.
Diane White, CEO
10 June 2020 - New Government Guidance - easing of lockdown rules
The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS.
13 May 2020 - Government issues new lockdown rules
The Government has issued new lockdown guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The new rules come into effect today, Wednesday 13 May. The lockdown is not over and everyone should continue to:
- stay at home as much as possible
- do not leave home if you have symptoms of COVID-19
- work from home if you can
- follow social distancing guidelines and keep 2 metres apart from others if you go out
- limit contact with people not in your household
- avoid public transport wherever possible
- wash your hands regularly
Updated rules on spending time outdoors
New Government guidance on spending time outdoors means you can now leave your home more than once a day and spend more time outdoors, as long as you stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household.
Parks and outdoor spaces across the borough are open, but playgrounds and outdoor gyms remain closed in line with Government rules.
Updated rules on meeting people
You are now allowed to meet up with one person who is not in your household outside, as long as you keep 2 metres apart from them.
Dos and don’ts
The Government has produced a list of FAQs to help explain what you can and cannot do.
People who have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable should continue to follow the Government guidelines on shielding.
25th March 2020 - A Message from our CEO Diane White
In these unprecedented times, Kingston Carers’ Network remains committed to supporting our carers. Understandably, we are all feeling anxious, but we will do our very best to help you, even if it is in a different way from before.
The Council has a helpline offering advice and guidance, and to register for practical support, 020 8547 5000
Please read below and don’t hesitate to contact us, by email preferably, or on 020 3031 2757.
STAY AT HOME - PROTECT THE NHS - SAVE LIVES
As you all know, the Government has announced that everyone should stay at home and not venture outside, unless it is absolutely necessary:
Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Do not meet others, even friends or family members.
You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
Handwashing is crucial: Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds each time with soap and water or hand sanitiser.
Kingston Carers’ Network is dedicated to continuing to support our carers through this difficult time, while protecting our staff, carers and the wider community.
The office will be closed, but all our staff will be working from home and finding alternative ways that we can communicate with, and support all our carers.
We will be updating this page regularly, and sending out email bulletins and social media alerts.
Statement - 17th March 2020
We are aware that this is a very worrying time for everyone. As we come into contact with vulnerable people, we feel that unfortunately we must take extra care and have closed our activities for the time being. This includes Young Carers' Project activities and our Adult Carer wellbeing programme. We will also be offering phone and email support, rather than face to face appointments. We assure you that we will continue to offer our support as much as we possibly can.