MP for Sheffield Central Paul Blomfield spoke in the House of Commons last week to raise the plight of unpaid carers and recognise the work done by Sheffield Carers Centre. Paul pressed the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rishi Sunak to get more support for carers.
The Sheffield Carer Card has been developed to reward and recognise all the hard work you do as a Carer. The Card offers discounts on a range of activities, products and services. It is the result of the generosity of local and national businesses who want to find a way to support carers and is part of our attempt to mobilise the city to work together to recognise the work carers do, help carers to connect with the services we offer and support a city-wide effort to make Sheffield much more carer-friendly.
Adult and Young Carers Action Plans
Next review meeting: Thursday 1 November
Young Carers Action Plan
The current Young Carers Action Plan aims to ensure the six principles of Sheffield’s Young Carer, Parent and Adult Carer Strategy are being put into action, and that the views of young carers in Sheffield are being acted upon.
Good news for local carers, despite national concerns
More local unpaid carers than ever are getting the help they need, as the number of people receiving support from Sheffield Carers Centre is up nearly 20%. The number of carers currently accessing advice, information or support from the Centre has cleared the 10,000 mark for the first time.
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.