Unpaid carers in the Dorset Council area can now request free personal protective equipment (PPE). A standard package of PPE includes visors, aprons, face masks, hand sanitiser and gloves. You can use PPE while doing personal care such as washing, dressing, feeding or when helping with laundry, cooking, cleaning and shopping.

Unpaid carers who will be able to request free PPE

An unpaid carer is a family member or friend caring for those who cannot cope without support because of a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, a mental health condition or an addiction.

You can request PPE if you are:

  • an extra-resident unpaid carer, meaning that you do not live with the person you care for
  • a co-resident unpaid carer, meaning that you live with the person you care for
  • an unpaid carer and you are caring for a clinically vulnerable person

Request PPE for an unpaid carer

You can select your nearest collection point while making a request. Once you have ordered your PPE, you can collect the package on the next working day.

You can also call us on 01305 221000 from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm.

If you cannot collect yourself or do not have someone who can collect on your behalf, you can select delivery option. Our volunteers will deliver the package. We will aim to deliver within two working days.

If you live in Bournemouth, Chirstchurch and Poole (BCP) council area, you can find ppe information on BCP website.   

Get help from Carer Support Dorset

Caring can be rewarding, but without the right support it can have a negative impact on your health, career, finances or relationships. It is important to look after yourself as well.

You may have found that your caring role has become more challenging due to COVID-19, or you may have taken on new caring responsibilities. Caring takes on many forms, and you may not even identify yourself as a carer. But the care you do entitles you to free advice, information and support.

Carer Support Dorset offers free advice and support to all age, unpaid carers across the Dorset Council area. Their aim is to create carer friendly communities where carers are recognised, valued, and supported.

Find out more information on Carer Support Dorset website.

You can also call them on 0800 368 8349.

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