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Everyone at Lanarkshire Carers wishes you a

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2021!

Our staff will be offline on Friday 25 December 2020 through to our return on Tuesday 05 January 2021. Please visit our website for information and access to our online activities and forms throughout this time. Our social media also has a range of information and contact details along with those detailed below.

Take care and stay safe.

If you require urgent assistance during this period, please contact:
Social Work Emergency Services
North Lanarkshire: 0800 121 4114
South Lanarkshire: 0303 123 1008
Click above to view our Christmas message to Carers and Partners from the full staff team at Lanarkshire Carers.

As a carer, you may be concerned about how Coronavirus (COVID-19) will impact your health, the health of the person you care for and/or your caring role. Please click the image above to visit our caring and coronavirus page on our website for some useful information and guidance to help you understand the current situation and the support available to help you in your caring role.

Forming 'bubbles' over Christmas

On 25 December there will be small changes in the COVID-19 rules to allow people to spend Christmas together, Christmas bubbles can be formed to help reduce loneliness and isolation. You can meet with your bubble in a home, outdoors or in a place of worship. You do not have to form a bubble if you do not want to.

  • 8 people from 3 households (plus children under 12 years of age from the three households) are the legal maximum.
  • Minimise the distance you travel. The law allows you to travel within Scotland, but not to or from outside Scotland; to form a Christmas bubble. You must return home on Christmas Day.
  • If you don’t form a bubble you must follow the rules in the local authority area you live in
From 26 December (Boxing Day) at 00:01am, mainland Scotland will have Level 4 restrictions applied and will go into lockdown level four rules for at least three weeks. 
  • From Boxing Day, in line with existing law, travel across local authority boundaries between areas in Level 3 or 4 will not be legal.

Please remember, unpaid carers are exempt from visiting and travel restrictions. You can still travel outwith your local area if you are providing care or support to someone for a vulnerable person, even if they are not part of your bubble.

To read the full guidance from the Scottish Government, please click here.

If you have any questions on this guidance or any other areas of restrictions during the festive season, please contact us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 and we will assist you further.

COVID-19 Vaccine

The most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 vaccine can be found on the NHS Inform website. You can also phone NHS Inform on 0800 030 8013 (available 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week) for general information about the coronavirus vaccine and its delivery.

Useful Telephone Numbers

NHS Scotland Helpline
If you don't have symptoms and are looking for general information, please phone NHS Scotland's free helpline on 0800 028 2816.

For the latest information and guidance on Coronavirus from the Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland, please visit NHS Inform.

National Helpline
Coronavirus (COVID-19) National Helpline - 0800 111 4000

Local Helplines - Community Wellbeing Helplines
North Lanarkshire Council - 0300 555 0407
South Lanarkshire Council - 0303 123 1009

Important & Useful Numbers

We would also like to remind you of some important numbers we have previously shared, if you are feeling overwhelmed or you are struggling and need someone to talk to, please call:

Samaritans - 116 123
Breathing Space - 0800 83 85 87
Chris's House - 01236 766755
Shout (UK Crisis Text Service) - Text: Shout to 85258
The CALMzone - 0800 58 58 58
Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline - 0300 330 0630
Scottish Women's Aid - 0800 027 1234
Rape Crisis Scotland - 08088 01 03 02
Lanarkshire Rape Crisis - 01698 527003
Abused Men in Scotland Helpline - 0808 800 0024
Shakti Women's Aid - 0131 475 2399
ManKind Initiative - 01823 334244
Childline - 0800 1111
The Silver Line - 0800 4 70 80 90
Hourglass Scotland - 0808 808 8141
Age Scotland - 0800 12 44 222
Alzheimer Scotland - 0808 808 3000
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland - 0808 801 0899
Scottish Autism - 01259 222022
NHS 24 - 111

Please remember if you need to speak to someone to get support with your caring role you can always get in touch with Lanarkshire Carers on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550.

If you're struggling, feeling low, anxious, isolated or overwhelmed the Shout UK Crisis Text service offer free and confidential mental health support round the clock.

All you have to do is text SHOUT to 85258 to start a conversation with a Shout Volunteer.

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