Are you in your 20s or 30s?

Would you like to meet other people who are a similar age, and also caring for a friend or member of their family?

Carers in Sheffield has arranged a time for any carers who are 18-40 to meet up and get to know other people who are in a similar position.  We hold these every so often, and the next meeting is on Monday 9th February at 12pm.  Please contact us – on 0114 272 8362 – to let us know you’re coming, and for further details.  We normally meet in a coffee shop, where a bit of space is cornered off so that people feel easier in talking about how they are.

Carers Toolbox Course

Carers Toolbox Course

Have you experienced feelings of exhaustion, depression, frustration or anxiety as a carer?

Just want a little time & focus for yourself? Or would like to exchange support with others in a similar situation?

This programme will provide support and information to help, through exploring ways to increase personal wellbeing & health and achieving a balanced lifestyle. The course includes understanding emotional wellbeing, taking positive steps to look after & plan for yourself, budgeting & managing energy costs, managing stress and increasing self esteem.

Carers Centre celebrates 20th Birthday!

On Friday 21 November, the Carers Centre marked its 20th birthday at a Showcase event held at Sheffield Town Hall.

Carers came along to meet Centre trustees, staff and volunteers to enjoy an afternoon of celebration. Carers spoke movingly about the difference their involvement with the Centre made to their lives, and a volunteer and a trustee told us about why they had become involved and what they had got out of it.

Sheffield Carers Centre: 20th Birthday Showcase and AGM

On Friday 21 November the Carers Centre will be showcasing the work we do with carers – and have done over the last 20 years. We’re delighted that the Lord Mayor will host the afternoon event at the Town Hall from 2-4 pm. We hope to hear from carers, volunteers, trustees and others about how the Carers Centre has helped them cope with their caring role or why they are involved in supporting the work we do. We’ll have displays of our work and an opportunity to chat over tea as well as talks about different aspects of our work. If you would like to come along and hear more about the Carers Centre, please let us know by contacting Steph on 0114 278 8942 or email steph@sheffieldcarers.org.uk.

New Course for Carers – ‘Carers Toolbox’

Carers Toolbox Course

Have you experienced feelings of exhaustion, depression, frustration or anxiety as a carer?

Just want a little time & focus for yourself? Or would like to exchange support with others in a similar situation?

This programme will provide support and information to help, through exploring ways to increase personal wellbeing & health and achieving a balanced lifestyle. The course includes understanding emotional wellbeing, taking positive steps to look after & plan for yourself, budgeting & managing energy costs, managing stress and increasing self esteem.

Fair Start: Giving Young Carers the chance to suceed in school

The national carers organisation, Carers Trust, has launched a campaign called ‘Fair Start’ which aims to get all young carers included in the criteria for Pupil Premium in the hope that this will enable them to achieve their potential.  Carers Trust would like the government to give extra funding to schools so they can support young carers to have the same life chances as everyone else.  They hope that this can be achieved through carers being given Pupil Premium because it will enable the school to more easily identify carers and therefore offer support.

Flu jabs for carers

It is govenment policy that a flu jab is offered to anyone receiving Carers Allowance or who is the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare might be put at risk if the carer falls ill. The decision to offer the jab will be made by your GP, depending on your particular circumstances.

You can read more information about flu jabs for carers here and here.

Carers UK We Care. Don’t you? campaign

Earlier this year Carers UK launched their We Care. Don’t you? campaign following the publication of their Caring and Family Finances Inquiry which showed that, on top of existing financial hardship, carers now face £1 billion cuts to their welfare by 2018.

Carers UK will be sending a letter to the Government and all MPs, which they would like carers and former carers to sign – you can read the letter and add your signature online here.