Our new newsletter is now online, and contains all the details you need of our 2018 Carers Week programme.
Hearing from carers is one way that the national charities who campaign on your behalf are able to make change when talking to the government.
Last year over 7000 carers shared their experience which allowed Carers Trust and Carers UK to highlight the impact of being a carer to the media, in dozens of evidence submissions to Parliamentary and Government consultations and in reports that influence decision makers and policy makers in a wide range of areas.
With elections right around the corner, it’s imperative that you make sure you are registered to vote. The deadline for the May elections is 17th April, so you’re running out of time.
Sheffield will be electing 1/3 of the City Council – who are the people responsible for our funding and your support – so make sure you vote to have your say in how it’s run! Sheffield will also be electing a South Yorkshire-wide Mayor for the first time. Make sure you weigh in on who you want. Register to vote online now.
Unpaid carers, working REACH South Sheffield and Sheffield Carers Centre, have launched a new Carers Support Group after a month of outreach in Gleadless Valley.
Taking place in Newfield Green Library, on the third Thursday of every month, carers will be running a support group for each other that allows them to socialise, get advice, information and support, and meet new people.
Emily Hulme and Jared Lawthorm, students at the University of Sheffield, created a video about carers in Sheffield and groups like the Sheffield Carers Centre Carers and Council Choir.
They were reporting on research being conducted by staff at the University of Sheffield about how sustainability of care is rooted in community groups.
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.
Yesterday, Sheffield Carers Centre got a huge helping hand from the wonderful people over at GoodGym. 23 people ran all the way to the Heeley City Farm Alternative Energy Centre (check them out, they’re really interesting) to deliver leaflets around Heeley. They had a great time running up and down the hills in the area. Some of them even took some leaflets home to do the next day! What superstars.
Seeing as this is my first Christmas at the Centre, I thought I would just put together a quick note wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope you’re all having a great time, enjoying good food and celebrating the end of 2017 well.
We’ve had a cracking year at the Carers Centre, with major changes taking place and a veritable horde of new staff joining. Scott, our new Volunteer Co-ordinator joined us in June, Claire joined our Carers Advisor Team in May, and Julie started with us in July. More recently, we said a fond farewell to Hilary Hull and Ron Davenport, and welcomed Noshee as our BME Carer Engagement worker and Adam as our new Communications worker.
Each year, Carers Rights Day brings organisations across the UK together to help carers in their local community know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to. If you are caring for someone at the moment and would like to find out more about your rights and how to get help, click here.
The Government Equalities Office would like to know more about the barriers to returning to work after time out for caring. They have opened a consultation and would like to know more about the experiences of people who want to return to work, employers’ experiences of recruiting these people and other evidence on the barriers that they face and the support available to them.