Researchers would like to hear from relatives of people with psychosis or bipolar disorder

A team of researchers from Lancaster University, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool University and University College London are conducting some research on online resources, and would like to hear from relatives of people with psychosis or bipolar disorder.

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Sheffield Make a Difference Awards

This year, as part of their 90th celebrations, Voluntary Action Sheffield is holding its first Sheffield Make a Difference Awards – the first of its kind to celebrate and acknowledge the amazing work of local Voluntary and Community Sector organisations, and the huge impact they have in our city.

Applications are now open to Sheffield organisations!

Carers missing out on online support

A new survey by Carers Trust, has found that many unpaid carers are missing out on online support because they simply don’t know it exists.

The survey found that more than half (56%) of unpaid carers surveyed don’t access online support. When asked why they didn’t access online support 43% said they didn’t know it existed.

Accessing online support can make a real difference to unpaid carers lives. More than half of the carers (53%) who did access online support said that it had made a difference to their lives. It provides an opportunity for carers who are isolated, or can’t leave the house much, to easily access support and also communicate with other unpaid carers.

Exciting news for student carers

The national application form for applying to university (UCAS) has confirmed that from 2018 there will be a tick box on the application form for student carers –

Carers Trust have been campaigning for this since 2014, to enable young adult carers to identify themselves during the application process to university.  The campaign became much more widespread in February 2016, when a student carer Carol Hayward, 21, started a campaign of her own. Within just 6 weeks the campaign had more than 2,500 signatures.

Have your say about financial and Adult Social Care assessments.

At the next meeting of the Carers Service Improvement Forum, carers can air their concerns regarding financial and ASC assessments. Senior staff from the local authority’s learning disability and long-term care and support services will also attend, together with Phil Holmes, Director of Adult Services.  This follows previous discussions with carers at the SIF about delays in, and lack of communication about, assessment processes.