Sheffield Carers Centre is running a month of outreach in Gleadless Valley to identify carers who are not aware of their services and increase the awareness of carers and their rights among progottenfessionals and frontline volunteers in the local area.

Sheffield Carers Centre has partnered up with REACH South Sheffield and other community organisations to put on a month of events and organise a leafletting campaign in the local area. Local elected officials including Cllr Cate McDonald (who is the cabinet member for Health and Social care) have got involved, and Louise Haigh MP is speaking at the launch of the outreach month on 9th Feb.

Pauline Kimantas, CEO of Sheffield Carers Centre said “We are absolutely committed to reaching more people who provide unpaid care in Sheffield, and really pleased to be working with local partners to raise awareness of carers in Gleadless Valley. Through this campaign, we will let carers know we are here to support them, and make sure they have access to our services.”

Steve Rundell, CEO of Reach South Sheffield said “Gleadless Valley has been identified as a ‘hot spot’, a community where many people providing much needed care and support to loved ones continue to go unnoticed. We want to find those people so that they themselves can receive the support and services that they are entitled to and which they so richly deserve. This welcome campaign by Sheffield Carers Centre has the full backing of Reach South Sheffield.”

Over the course of the month of outreach, Sheffield Carers Centre has partnered up with local community organisations to run:

Three Coffee Mornings on Tuesday 20th February, 10am – 12pm at:

  • Heeley Parish Church
  • Herdings Community and Heritage Centre
  • Gleadless Valley Methodist Church

A professionals and volunteers training event, Tuesday 27th Feb, 10am – 12pm

            At Holy Cross Church

Professionals and volunteers who are involved with frontline services or who come across carers in their work can come to this training to find out more about how to identify carers, support them and signpost them effectively.

A Carers Workshop, Thursday 15th March, 10am – 12pm

At Newfield Green Library

Carers can come to meet other carers and get involved with arts and crafts. This will be a great opportunity for them to engage with community organisations and help build better links between carers and their local area.

You can watch the livestream of our launch here.