DAD have rapidly adapted to ensure we are here for the many disabled people who are having difficulties or isolated. We have support over 500 people during COVID. If you would like to donate to our work please follow this link.
A Keeping People Connected Project across Darlington and Co Durham for People with a learning impairment and autism.
A dedicated monitored closed face book page to support people during COVD. Please contact us if you would like to access.
A help line for disabled people and carers including supporting people to understand government guidance.
A help line for people who use Direct Payment including a PPE collection and delivery service for people who use personal assistants.
Well being calls for people who are struggling or isolated during this time.
Essential workers: book your test: https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers
Care home workers: book your test: https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-care-home
How to take a swab test and where to send samples: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-guidance-for-clinical-diagnostic-laboratories
We have put together some useful general information on Coronavirus below.
COVID-19 or Coronavirus is a new illness that has infected many people around the world.
If you have it, you may have a fever (high temperature) and a cough. In some cases this can get worse and become severe pneumonia (a chest infection) causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. If you have a long term health condition, are older, or have a weakened immune system, Coronavirus can be much more serious.
The advice below is from the NHS Coronavirus website. This advice may change, particularly if you are at high risk of getting seriously ill with Coronavirus.
Stay at home for 7 days, if you live alone, if you have either: a high temperature a new, continuous cough
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if your symptoms are mild and you can be looked after at home. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. If you feel seriously unwell you can use the NHS 111 online Coronavirus service.
Use this service if:
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
We will try to give further information about what’s available locally in the near future.
Advice for personal assistants and people with caring responsibilities
Below are links to advice for the care sector, whilst not specific for Direct Payment Employers it may be useful guidance in relation to Personal Assistants.
Government advice on Coronavirus for supported living and home care: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus website
Advice on Coronavirus for carers; Carers UK https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19.
Advice on Coronavirus: NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
Department for Education helpline 0800 046 8687 (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday)
As a local organisation we very much rely on the support of our local community, and continue to support people flexibly to have greater choice and control and remove the barriers that disabled people and children experience in their everyday lives. We support over 2,000 people every year. But we need your help.