December Newsletter published

The December edition of the carers in Sheffield Newsletter has now been published.

It includes the excellent news that the Carers Centre has been chosen by the City Council to deliver support servicers to adult carers in the city for the next three years – and lots more information we hope you will find interesting and useful.

You can download a copy of the Newsletter by clicking the link below.

Carers Quilt unveiled

At last our Carers Quilt is finished, and it was unveiled at our AGM on Friday 2 December.

Over fifty carers and former carers each contributed a square which represented their caring situation. We are immensely grateful to Sue Chantler, one of our volunteers, for putting it all together for us, taking on the mammoth task of single-handedly turning these squares into a stunning quilt, which has now taken pride of place on the Carers Centre meeting room wall. Click below for more news a photo of the unveiling.

Sheffield Carers Centre awarded new contract from January 2017

We are delighted that the Carers Centre has secured funding from Sheffield City Council for 3 years from January 2017 to provide a citywide service for adult carers.

In the summer the Council invited organisations to bid for a contract to provide a citywide carers information and advice service.  Any organisation could bid as part of a competitive tendering process which outlines the service the Council wants to be provided and the funding which is available.  We had to provide detailed information on how we would provide the service which the Council had specified, following consultation with carers.

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.