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 – https://carers.org/news-item/ucas-form-identify-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.

Carers Week success

We have had another very busy and very successful Carers Week with lots of events, awareness-raising and fun!

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped out including Mecca Bingo, Grosvenor Casino,  Sainsbury, our fabulous buskers the Graham Pratt and the Carers Choir, everyone who added their ‘thumbs-up’ selfies to our social media streams, Kirsty for the Clubercise session, Rob Lawson for his quiz, all our wonderful volunteers and all those carers who came along to the activities we organised. You can see photos of some of the events by clicking here – and look out for a more detailed report in our next Newsletter.