Let’s keep in touch

We’re delighted to announce the launch of a new guide to help carers and those they care for maintain social connections during a time of physical distancing.

Chief Executive for Sheffield Carers Centre, Pauline Kimantas, commented: “Restrictions on the way people can meet in person has a particular impact on carers, who are often more isolated because of their caring role. As physical distancing has become the norm, it is important we all continue to make as much social connection as possible.  This guide aims to encourage carers to take steps to maintain their existing connections and try new ones.  It provides some ideas, plus useful information and advice on how to take action to maintain social connections.”.

Special edition of our printed newsletter Connect!

We’ve been producing and emailing our monthly newsletter in a digital format during 2020. However, following the award of a grant from Carers Trust for a short-term project to help address the social isolation of carers, we decided to print and post a special edition of Connect! This printed newsletter was sent to 6,000 of our registered carers in Sheffield, but anyone who didn’t receive a copy through their letterbox can now click here to read a PDF copy.

A – Z of Health – ‘I’ for Insomnia

If you suffer from insomnia, this means you regularly have problems sleeping. You may have difficulty falling asleep, or staying asleep as long as you want to. This is different from the lack of sleep caused by having to get up regularly to carry out your caring responsibilities, for instance; it is about those times you have every opportunity to sleep but just can’t. However, this can be even more of a problem if both insomnia and night time caring are preventing you from getting the sleep you need.

Sheffield hospitals give unpaid carers valuable discounts

Unpaid carers’ visits to hospitals will be made that bit easier with a 15% discount across Sheffield Teaching Hospital Trust-operated retail outlets, coffee shops and canteens.

Since 2018, thousands of people who look after a loved one due to a disability or illness have been able to get discounts from local businesses through Sheffield Carers Centre’s Carer Card. This decision by the NHS Trust to accept the Card in outlets in the Royal Hallamshire, Jessop Wing, Weston Park and Northern General Hospital, is a very welcome addition to the offers available to unpaid carers. Click here for details of the discounts at Sheffield Teaching Hospital sites.

“It’s just basic survival: the financial toll of being a carer”

In The Guardian newspaper on Saturday, an article featured several case studies of carers whose lives are financially impacted by their caring duties. Money worries are an issue for many carers, which can also impact on the physical and emotional strain that caring can place upon the carer.

The article features John, a carer who has received support from Sheffield Carers Centre, who said “I spend half my time worrying about money and the other half battling for basics and being an advocate. ”