It can be a scary time for a lot of young carers during the coronavirus outbreak, especially if you look after someone vulnerable, or someone becomes ill.

Find info, advice and resources for young carers during this time below. (Last updated 24th March)

What do I do about shopping for the person I look after?

You can still go out to get food, medicine and prescriptions. Some shops are doing special hours for people more at risk of getting very sick and elderly people, check out this handy guide from Mobilise who have listed the new hours for different supermarkets. If you are struggling to pay for food, you can also search for a food bank near you using this website.

Don’t forget if you need help during coronavirus you can call Dorset Council’s Covid-19 Response hub on 01305 221000 or email:

How do I keep the person I care for safe from catching coronavirus?

Public Health England have shared some information on helping to stop the spread of coronavirus and other viruses.


-cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you -cough or sneeze

-put used tissues in the bin immediately

-wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

-try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


– do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

-a cough

-high temperature

-shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not always mean you have the illness.

The symptoms can be the same as other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

For more information on coronavirus please visit the NHS website.

Visit the main Carer Support Dorset website for more.

Remember in immediate danger or for an emergency, call 999.

You can also use the 111 online service for NON urgent health issues, including coronavirus symptoms.

You can also call us (Carer Support Dorset) on 0800 368 8349 for non-emergency advice and information. Your school may also still be open for you to call, and you can also call your GP surgery.

What can help me at this time?

It’s understandable to feel anxious, stressed or worried at this time. The most important thing you can do when looking after someone else is to make sure you are also taking care of yourself and your own needs.

The Children’s Society has some great resources on anxiety, wellbeing, stress, and what to do if you’re self isolating and dealing with conflict.

The Children’s Commissioner has produced a children’s guide to coronavirus.

The Mix has some great information around coronavirus, activities you can do at home and more. They also have a free helpline for young people.

Young Minds has some great blogs on mental health, coronavirus information and more. They also have a free crisis messenger you can use.

There is also a text line on On Your Mind.

To find more, read our blog on anxiety, stress and low mood helplines, websites and web chats.