Personal protective equipment (PPE) for unpaid carers

We're working with the Department of Health and Social Care, and in partnership with carers organisations to offer free personal protective equipment (PPE) to unpaid carers living in Kent. If you don't live in Kent, please contact your local authority or local carers organisation for support.


To get free PPE from us, you need to be an adult or child who:

  • looks after a friend or family member due to disability, age, addiction or ill health
  • does not get paid and the care is not linked to paid work or voluntary work
  • provides care to someone who doesn't live in the same household.

Recommended levels of PPE

The level of PPE you need will depend on the type of care you provide. If you are an unpaid carer and you do not live with the person you provide care for,  it is  recommended that you follow the government PPE guidance for unpaid carers. This guide, which should be used alongside guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family and local policies, where they exist, has also been translated into a number of different languages.

A helpful video is included in the guidance to help you understand how to put on and take off PPE items.

Order PPE

Please only order the PPE you need for the next 3 months based on government guidance. If the guidance remains in place beyond this time, and you run out, please place a new order.

Order PPE for unpaid carers

If you need any help or support ordering PPE, please speak to your local carers organisation or to Kent Young Carers (Imago Community) if you're a young carer.

Information on using PPE

For more information about how and when to use PPE correctly, read the PPE guide for community and social care settings.