This year’s theme is ‘Make Caring Visible and Valued’

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support. There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers, by looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness or who needs extra help as they grow older.

There are an estimated 90,000 unpaid carers in Sheffield

These unpaid carers are providing a wide range of help and support to relatives and friends. The pandemic has caused an increase in numbers – but as many people still don’t think of themselves as carers the total could be even higher. They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they doing, and being supported with information and understanding. So for Carers Week many organisations are coming together to help Make Caring Visible and Valued.

Three charities combining to provide two great offers for carers in Sheffield

To celebrate Carers Week, Sheffield Carers Centre, Sheffield Young Carers and Sheffield City Trust are launching two great initiatives. The first is a ‘special 7-day fitness pass’ in June that provides free access to Sheffield City Trust’s gyms, fitness classes and swimming pools for adults registered with Sheffield Carers Centre. The second offer is for young carers (between the ages of 8 and 25) who are being supported by Sheffield Young Carers, to have exclusive access to a free ice-skating session at Ice Sheffield on either Saturday 19th or Saturday 26th of June.

Free ‘7-day Fitness Pass’ for Sheffield City Trust’s gyms, classes and pools

Holders of a Sheffield Carers Centre ‘Carer Card’ can access a free 7-day pass giving them access to the gym, fitness classes and swimming pools as per the current Sheffield City Trust programme. This offer will be valid from 7th to 30th June. Carers will have 30 days to activate their pass then 7 consecutive days to use the pass for as many sessions as they want. The process is:
Step 1: Carer Card holders register on a special page of Sheffield City Trust website from 7th June (click here)
Step 2: When the registration is confirmed by SCT the carer will be able to book sessions on the website
Step 3: Carers need to collect their ‘7-day Fitness Pass’ when they visit the venue for their first session
Its important to remember the following points:
* Carers must provide a Carer Card number when registering on the SCT website.
* If you don’t have a Carer Card you can request one online (click here) or call our office on 0114 278 8942
* The SCT ‘7-day Fitness Pass’ is valid for 7 days from the first session booked
* All sessions must be pre-booked with SCT before attending

Free ice-skating session at Ice Sheffield for young carers

Young carers who are currently being supported by Sheffield Young Carers will have exclusive access to a free ice-skating session at Ice Sheffield on either Saturday 19th or 26th of June. Use this link to the Sheffield Young Carers website for full details of the exciting offer.

We hope Sheffield carers enjoy these offers

Pauline Kimantas (Chief Executive of Sheffield Carers Centre) and Katie Borland (Director of Funding and External Relations at Sheffield Young Carers) commented: “We provide a wide range of support to carers throughout the year, and this is a different way for them to take a short but important break from caring to enjoy themselves. We’re excited by these offers and grateful to Sheffield City Trust for their support.”


Celebrating Carers Week with special events for carers:

As restrictions on events are easing in Sheffield, we’re delighted to announce our plans to celebrate Carers Week with the following series of outdoor meetings for carers:
Monday 7th June
Meeting at 1030 in the garden at Rawson Spring Wetherspoons on Langsett  Road
Tuesday 8th June
Walk in Greenhill park in Lowedges. Meet at 11am at the Gesley Rd entrance
Wednesday 9th June
Coffee and chat at Border View Farm Café in Bradway. Meet at 11am
Thursday 10th June
Nature Walk in Ecclesall Woods then optional dance session! Meet 11am at the café

For more details and to book a place on the free events please contact our Community Liaison Worker, Jan Outram:
Email: jan@sheffieldcarers.org.uk or phone her on: 0114 278 8942


Celebrating Carers Week with special training for health and care workers:

Now more than ever we need understand carers needs and shine a light on those who care behind closed doors. Use the link for more details of this free, interactive, multi-agency training for practitioners in health, education, social care and the voluntary sector. The session includes presentations from Nell Farrell (Assessment and Advice Service Manager at Sheffield Carers Centre) and Laura Selby (Deputy Manager at Sheffield Young Carers).

‘Understanding Carers Needs in the Context of Covid-19’
This training session will be via Zoom from 9:30am to 12:30pm on Wednesday 9th June
Click here for full details and to book a place