October e-news bulletin

Hello and welcome to this latest newsletter from Carers Leeds.

In this edition we're asking carers to tell us how they want to access our service, we put a spotlight on our concerned other support service and we've got a great line up of events for November, everything from legal information to line dancing! Take a look...

How do you want to access our service?

COVID-19 has changed all of our lives and has impacted how Carers Leeds are able to support carers.

We want to know how you would prefer to be supported in the future when we are able to offer face to face appointments again.  

Please take 2 minutes to let us know your preferred methods here.

Service spotlight

We have a wide range of specialist services to meet the individual needs of every carer in Leeds and each month we shine the spotlight on one of our services.

This month we'd like to tell you about our concerned other support service. A 'concerned other' is a person affected by the drug or alcohol use of someone they know, whether that is a family member, a loved one or a friend.
With alcohol and drug misuse increasing nationally throughout recent months, this specialist service is supporting more people than ever.

Take a look at how we're supporting concerned others in Leeds and how you can access this support:



Getting involved

At Carers Leeds we know the importance of involving carers in the development and delivery of our service and by working together we can really make a difference to every carer in Leeds.

This year we created a dedicated role that aims to improve our carer engagement and will use carers views and experiences to plan how the Carers Leeds service operates. We’ll also invite carers to be represented in health and social care planning and ensure that carers from ethnic minorities are encouraged to participate to give us a diverse range of views.

Right now, we’re looking for carers to help us get the word out by telling their story. We know that many people don’t identify as a ‘carer’ and that every carer experience is unique, so by sharing real stories of caring experiences, we help people understand that they’re not alone and that support is available. We hear so often that people wish they’d known about Carers Leeds sooner and you can help us make that happen. We’ll support you in sharing your story and make sure you’re happy with the final version before it is sent out.

To find out more about this or other opportunities to be involved, please contact Nikki Pattinson on 07508 885 898 or e-mail

Useful services

Don't Tone Alone has launched new mobile app which is packed with free resources such as recipes, training guides, videos and inspiring challenges.
Your Space offer groups and creative activities in accessible locations. Providing space to get involved, seek support, connections with others and signposting to other services.
Leeds city council has produced this useful guide to keeping well at home.

It includes tips on keeping our minds well and active, moving more, eating well and a list of useful numbers.
Click here to download the guide.

Have you booked your free flu jab?

Getting a flu jab is essential to protect vulnerable people and support the resilience of the health and care system, particularly in light of the risk of flu and COVID-19 co-circulating this winter. 

Let your GP surgery know that you’d like a flu jab because you’re a carer and that the welfare of the person you care for would be at risk if you were ill. Also ask your GP surgery to make a note on your medical records that you look after someone so they can invite you to have a flu vaccination every year.

You should have the flu vaccine if you:

  • are 65 years old or over
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or care facility
  • receive a carer's allowance, or you're the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • live with someone who's at high risk of coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list) or you expect to be with them on most days over winter.

Meet our friends...

Step Change is a Leeds based charity to help people manage their debts. You can get debt advice from them online or over the phone. They’ll help you work out your budget, income and debts and use this information to find a solution to your debt that suits your situation. They’ll set up your debt solution, and offer support however long it's needed.

Take a look at their website where you can access free advice, useful guides and a benefits checker: 

Remember, we are here for you.

Our carer support team are here to help you. Get in touch for confidential advice, support and information. We're all in this together.

This short video shows you how we've adapted our services during lockdown.

Useful COVID-19 links

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