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Carers giving around 10 more hours of care a week during the coronavirus pandemic

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Carers giving around 10 more hours of care a week during the coronavirus pandemic

Published by Lettie Buxton at 6:00am 27th May 2020. (Updated at 6:07am 27th May 2020)

New research by Carers UK has found that unpaid carers are providing on average 10 more hours of care a week during the coronavirus outbreak.

In Surrey, 20,000 carers are already providing a minimum of 50 hours of care a week, according to charity Action for Carers Surrey

These extra hours of care are resulting in additional pressure and stress on carers, the charity added, which has a "detrimental impact on a carers' wellbeing".

They are also likely to be feeling more isolated, as many people they care for are shielded from COVID-19, as well as experiencing a lack of respite and impact on finances.

Jamie Gault, chief executive at Action for Carers Surrey, told Eagle Radio about the impact of the lockdown on young carers:

"They're not receiving the respite by attending school and trying to balance doing home schooling with their caring role, while possibly taking on a greater caring role because they are at home now 24/7, will just add pressure to them.

"It's important that carers receive support throughout a whole year, but because of the additional pressures and stress that they are under during this time, the support has become even more important."

Although face-to-face help is not currently available, Action for Carers Surrey is providing a range of other support, such as video meet ups, virtual events and telephone support.

Find out more on the charity's website, email CarerSupport@actionforcarers.org.uk or call 0303 040 1234.

You can listen to the full interview with Jamie here:

Jamie Gault, chief executive at Action for Carers Surrey, talks about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on carers