You may be a carer who also has a full time or part-time job. Juggling your caring and working role can be difficult in normal times, Trying to do this during COVID-19 may place additional stress upon you. It is vital you seek support of other family members where possible, and even more important to take time for yourself. 

Keep in touch with the named worker who will be best placed to give advice and support.

Remember the Take 5 messages each day to help you and your family get through this.

Employment rights

All employers have been asked to be flexible with their staff during COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  If you need to take extra time off work because you have caring responsibilities, you should check your employer’s policy on Carers/Caring for Others and discuss your situation with them. 

The Law Centre has produced useful information about your employment rights:

Law Centre NI - employee rights - Covid-19

Guidance on Statutory Sick Pay: - Statutory Sick Pay - Statutory Sick Pay



For advice and assistance on other benefits such as housing, Universal Credit etc, please access the NI Direct website in the first instance: - information on benefits and financial support - benefits and pensions/make the call