Some people have found that one of the easiest ways to tap into support from other carers is through Facebook, partly because many people are already on Facebook and using it regularly, and partly because it can be done from home/on the bus/wherever and enables people to have contact with other carers at any time.
Carers in Sheffield has recently set up two ‘secret’ Facebook groups, which you are all very welcome to be a part of, in order to share thoughts/support/advice about caring. The group will only be available to people who are confirmed as carers by the admin (run by the Carers Centre), – so it can’t be accessed or seen by anyone who isn’t connected in with the Carers Centre.
It also won’t be visible on your newsfeed that you area member of the group, so it is completely discreet and you can safely post anything on there. You can obviously choose to become friends with other people in the group, or arrange to meet each other, but there is no pressure to do that and you can be in the group and never post, but simply hear about things which are happening, or see bits of advice. From time to time, we will post things in there too so that you’re aware of events/advice/anything we think might be of interest.
The two groups are loosely, under 40, and over 40. But there is overlap for some people which is absolutely fine.
If you would like to join the Facebook group, please contact Rosie or Julia on 0114 278 8942.