During the current pandemic the role of carers is more vital than ever.
Carers provide a lifeline for people who need support, old and young helping them with everyday tasks and managing their daily lives.
It's especially important during the coronavirus crisis that carers look after themselves too as they take care of some the most vulnerable in our community.
It's important to follow the Government's latest health advice and make sure you are taking care of yourself and protecting those that you care for and there's further government advice for those who are providing unpaid care to friends or family.
It's a good idea to have a contingency plan in place in case you get ill and can't continue with the support you provide - Care UK has advice on creating a contingency plan or contact the Carers Centre who can talk you through it step by step.
Some financial transactions and applications for support may take a little longer to process than normal but priority is being given to more vulnerable people.
Clare Rachwal from The Carers Centre said: "Many of us are feeling isolated and lonely during the lockdown and these feelings can be quite common for carers. Make sure you reach out and keep in contact with family and friends via the phone and internet and remember to ask for help too if you need it."
Although the Carers Centre building is closed to the public the team is still available on the phone and via e-mail to provide help and support. If you are looking after someone who relies on your support and would like information and advice or a listening ear do get in touch and we will get back to you as soon as we are able. You can contact the carers centre by phone on 023 9285 1864 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and advice visit https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/coronavirus-covid-19/vulnerable-people-coronavirus-information