Edinburgh Vocal are currently offering the following services over this lockdown period:
VOCAL Carers Hub continue to support unpaid carers across Edinburgh in many ways. You don’t have to be a relative, or to live with the person, to be a carer. If you help someone manage a condition or disability, for instance by giving emotional or practical support then you are an unpaid carer. Our current range of support includes:
One to one support – we offer short to medium term confidential one to one advice and support using telephone or video chat sessions.
Counselling – we can offer weekly counselling sessions, also by telephone or video chat for carers who are looking for support with the emotional impact of the caring role.
Short breaks – we can help you apply for funding so you can purchase items that could help you have a break from caring. This can include laptops or tablets, a garden shed, play equipment or online courses.
Anticipatory care or wills ‘surgeries’ – a 30 minute consultation with a professional to get advice on how to set up an anticipatory care plan or make a will
Peer support and training – we have just finalised our new online carer training programme which includes:
Thursday 7 May, 10-11am – Prioritising self-care during Coronavirus
Monday 11 May 10am-11am, Caring and Coronavirus – everything you need to know
Tuesday 19 May 2pm-3pm, Improving confidence to access online resources
Wednesday 27 May 2pm-3pm, Understanding the impact of Coronavirus on your life
Monday 1 June, 10am-11am, Money Matters during Coronavirus
Wednesday 10 June 10am-11am, Support and services available in Edinburgh during Coronavirus
Friday 19 June 10am-11am, Managing relationships during social isolation
Wednesday 24 June 2pm-3pm, Shaping your own support during Coronavirus
To find out more or to access any of these services please call VOCAL on 0131 622 6666 or visit https://www.vocal.org.uk/referrals/.