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Carers UK media coverage during the coronavirus outbreak - Carers UK Forum

Carers UK media coverage during the coronavirus outbreak

Guidance on coronavirus and a place to share concerns and support
Dear Carers UK members

During the coronavirus outbreak, Carers UK is securing regular coverage in the national and regional media. All of the television, radio, online and print media coverage will be shared in this topic.

Where possible we will alert members to interviews in advance of when they are happening. However, interviews are often arranged at short notice and this isn't always possible. Where this is the case, we will share a link to the media coverage with you as soon as possible after it takes place.

This topic is locked to enable members to access all of the media coverage quickly and easily.

With good wishes

Michael
Below are links to some of Carers UK's appearances in the media relating to coronavirus during the week beginning 30 March:

On Monday Carers UK's Chief Executive Helen Walker was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's 'You and Yours' programme about the impact of the coronavirus on carers. You can hear Helen through the link below and going to 30 minutes and 40 seconds.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000g ... EI,RA7EA,1

On Wednesday Helen Walker was also interviewed on BBC news about the impact of the coronavirus on carers. In the interview she responds to some of the issues that have been raised on the Forum, including Carer's Allowance, the value of carers to our society and issues being experienced by carers at supermarkets. You can view the interview on YouTube through this link:
https://youtu.be/qpZ-t3vvyBc

A pre-recorded interview with Fiona Collie, Policy and Public Affairs Manager at Carers Scotland, was also aired on STV on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, this article was featured in the Daily Express:
Coronavirus crisis: Time to help forgotten army of unpaid carers
https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/li ... s-campaign

On Friday morning Carers UK's Director of Policy and Public Affairs Emily Holzhausen spoke on BBC Radio Solent’s breakfast show about reduced social care support carers are already experiencing and where they can turn to for support.

Carers UK's guidance on contingency planning was featured in numerous regional news bulletins throughout the week.
Good morning everyone

A further update on media coverage over the weekend:

On Saturday 4 April the i newspaper featured an article on alleviating stress for carers and people with dementia.
https://inews.co.uk/news/health/coronav ... es-2529276

Also on Saturday, 145 local news publications featured an article on British Gas engineers delivering food parcels to people in need. The article describes what British Gas is doing to support the Trussell Trust and Carers UK during the coronavirus outbreak. The following article is from the South Yorkshire Times:
https://www.southyorkshiretimes.co.uk/r ... ed-2528100

With good wishes

Michael
Good morning - here's the latest update on Carers UK's media coverage relating to the impact of the coronavirus on carers.

Our guidance for carers on changes to Carer’s Allowance, plus a quote from our Chief Executive Helen Walker, were included in an article in the Daily Express online:
https://www.express.co.uk/finance/perso ... t-is-limit

Our guidance for carers on looking after their wellbeing when caring for someone with dementia appeared in three regional newspapers (the Hartlepool Mail, the Sheilds Gazette and the Sunderland Echo).

Best Wishes

Michael
Good morning

Latest media coverage involving Carers UK includes this article in the Manchester Evening News on how the coronavirus pandemic is putting 'immense pressure' on carers - the article includes a quote from Carers UK's Chief Executive Helen Walker
https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk ... d-18058153

21 local articles also referred to Carers UK's guidance on contingency planning and guidance for carers on looking after your health and wellbeing - this can be found here:
https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advic ... -wellbeing

With good wishes

Michael
Good morning

The article below was featured in Happiful magazine yesterday and addresses 'How to support someone who is shielding from coronavirus'. As you will see, it contains a link to our online Forum.

https://happiful.com/how-to-support-som ... ronavirus/

With good wishes

Michael
Good morning everyone

Our 'Caring behind closed doors' report was launched on the BBC television news at 6pm yesterday evening and also featred on the 10 o' clock news. The report is based on the findings of a survey of over 5,000 carers conducted in early April (thanks to everyone who completed this survey). The news feature includes a story of a woman caring for her severely disabled daughter and a statement from our Chief Executive Helen Walker.

You can see the BBC feature on our report on the BBC i-player until 6.30pm this evening (it's on at 23 minutes into the following link):
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m ... x-23042020

Several print and online newspapers have also covered the key findings from the report:
The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/society/202 ... t-services

The Times (you have to be a subscriber to the Times to see the online version, but it is also in the print version on page 9)
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coro ... -k6dmswjk7

The Daily Mail (page 8 in the print version and online)
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... 0&ito=1490

The Express (page 8 and 9)

If you have any comments or questions on the report, please post them in the following topic:
https://www.carersuk.org/forum/44/launc ... port-40440

Wishing you well

Michael
Hello everyone

Extensive coverage of our 'Caring behind closed doors' report continued over the weekend in the Daily Mail online on Saturday:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... eturn.html

Our research was also covered in a rolling update on the Evening Standard website, as well as in the following publications in the social care sector:

The Carer
https://thecareruk.com/the-forgotten-fa ... 19-crisis/

Home Care
https://www.homecare.co.uk/news/article ... s-pandemic

LocalGov
https://www.localgov.co.uk/Unpaid-carer ... isis/50377
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The Scotland research was featured in healthandcare.scot and Third Force News.

Our Northern Ireland research was featured this morning in Daily Mirror Ulster and Belfast Live (see link):
https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/care ... e-18154395

And finally, we had some great news last week when the short film about caring that was made in collaboration with British Gas was awarded 'Charity Film of the Year' at an online awards ceremony. This award was featured in Third Force News and the Rooftop:
http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/blogs/a-ni ... the-awards
https://therooftop.news/2020/04/23/char ... ar-awards/

To see the 'Share that you care' video please visit the British Gas web page below:
https://www.britishgas.co.uk/about-us/m ... ersuk.html

And to read and perhaps comment on the 'Caring behind closed doors' report, please visit this topic on the Forum:
https://www.carersuk.org/forum/44/launc ... port-40440

With good wishes

Michael
Hello everyone

Here are a few media updates from the past couple of days.

This morning Carers UK volunteer Jacqui was featured on BBC Breakfast talking about how online chats have helped her during the coronavirus outbreak. The feature also includes a short interview with our Chief Executive Helen Walker. You can find it at 19 minutes through the following link:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m ... t-01052020

Also today, Carers UK was mentioned in an online Express article explaining Personal Independence Payments:
https://www.express.co.uk/finance/perso ... P-used-for

Carers UK's win (in collaboration with British Gas) at the Charity Film Awards was featured in a BFI article:
https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/new ... wards-2020

An article in The National (Scotland) today included Carers Scotland's comments on Nicola Sturgeon’s response to a National reporter’s question about reduction in support for unpaid carers because of coronavirus.
https://www.thenational.scot/news/18418 ... -lockdown/

With good wishes

Michael
Hello everyone

Here are some further media highlights from the past few days.

Our Chief Executive Helen Walker spoke on BBC South Today about our 'Caring behind closed doors' report (see link below, 4mins 10secs in) and on ITV Calendar (Yorkshire and Lincolnshire) 6pm news.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m ... s-06052020

Helen was also quoted in an i News story and was interviewed on LBC News about the open letter and the findings in our report.
https://inews.co.uk/news/health/coronav ... er-2843939

We co-signed an open letter to MPs written by Oxfam on the poverty crisis facing carers during the pandemic which has been covered extensively by the media. It was featured in the Scottish Sun, Scottish Metro, Scottish Times, Daily Record, The Scotsman, Belfast Telegraph and Evening Express, and also in Western Mail in Wales. There was further coverage in the Independent, Politics Home, Evening Express, Wales Online, Courier and Advertiser, Press and Journal (Aberdeen), Bolton News, Wigan Evening News and a few other regional websites.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/h ... 00451.html
https://www.politicshome.com/news/artic ... s-pandemic

Wishing you all well

Michael