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.
 

Shielding
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.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any concerns and we would recommend that if you have access to the internet, you check the NHS and GOV.UK websites, plus Carers UK, which is particularly helpful for carers.
This page will be regularly updated with news and advice for carers.