This digital noticeboard provides an opportunity for other organisations and individuals that help unpaid carers in Sheffield to publicise their various activities, events and campaigns.

This new leaflet from Sheffield City Council is a reminder that Covid is still around and provides a useful recap on (1) getting the vaccine (2) wearing a mask (3) to keep testing (4) and self-isolating (5) opening windows and (6) washing hands. The second page has phone numbers for various helplines that have been set up to people cope with some of the increased pressures people have faced during the pandemic. Click here for a copy of the 2-page leaflet

This website has useful links on the options for 'urgent care' in Sheffield
There are times you may need urgent medical advice or treatment but don’t need to go to the hospital's A&E department. Using other services can often help you get the advice or treatment you need quicker. This NHS website has useful information on the options available for different situations when urgent care is needed. Use the link to have a look and bookmark the website. Click here to visit the website

Carers support group events being held monthly by SACMHA
SACMHA is an organisation that aims to build connections amongst Black carers and remind them they are doing a great job. Regardless of the situation of the person being cared for, all carers from the African Caribbean community are welcome. Use the link for details of the 'Train Your Brain' event on 21 February aling with other events taking place in March, April and May.  Click here for details of the events

New guide of support services for carers of some with dementia
Sheffield’s Dementia Strategy Implementation Group has produced a very useful 12-page guide packed with details of local support services to help people in Sheffield caring for someone with dementia, memory loss or cognitive impairment. The guide pulls together details from various local organisations and offers ideas to help at home, as well as general sources of support. Click here for a copy of the guide

Your Experience Matters: Volunteers needed for a new research project on ‘Couple Relationships’. One of our former Carer Advisors is studying at The University of Manchester and looking for carers to take part in her research about how couples support each other when they have a child who is experiencing mental health difficulties. The aim is complete the interviews in February and March 2022, so if you’re interested in helping please contact Rosie Hunt: Click here for more details

We all have to look after our health, but people with severe mental illness need to be a little extra careful because they may be more likely to develop physical health issues than the general population. The good news for people with severe mental illness (plus their carers, friends and family) is that they are entitled to an annual physical health check to get advice and support. Click here for information about the aims of the annual health check and what it involves. This website also has some useful suggestions about various organisations and other practical resources that can help everyone involved.

The government has recommended that carers who do not live in the same house as the person they care for should use PPE, which is available free for carers in these situations. To get free PPE call 0114 273 5665 and collect the PPE pack of face masks, shields, aprons, gloves and wipes from the main family centres covering the city: (1) Early Days Family Centre (2) First Start Family Centre (3) Darnall Family Centre (4) Shortbrook Family Centre (5) Valley Park Family Centre (6) Sharrow Family Centre (7) Primrose Family Centre

Inside the Care Crisis is a two-part series shown on BBC2 in November 2021. It follows Ed Balls (broadcaster and former politician) as he explores the crisis in the care sector, immersing himself in a care home before entering the world of paid and unpaid home care. The series has been called a ‘sincere and well-crafted documentary’ on a subject close to Ed’s heart. His mother, Carolyn, has vascular dementia and three years ago the family made the heart-breaking decision to put her in a care home. Ed follows the real-life experiences of some professionals and some unpaid carers. Click here to watch on the BBC iplayer.

Welcome to Sheffield’s Living Well guide, which has baeen produced by Sheffield City Council with ‘People Keeping Well’ partner organisations: (1) Age UK Sheffield (2) Darnall Well Being (3) Heeley City Farm (4) Heeley Trust (5) Manor and Castle Development Trust (6) Shipshape (7) SOAR (8) Stocksbrige Community Leisure Centre (9) Woodhouse and District Community Forum (10) Zest. These organisations are funded by the Council to help deliver a wide range of community support and activities to help people be healthy and well, get active, keep learning, meet new people and be supported. Click here for a copy of the guide.

Adult Acting Classes starting 3 November: ‘A Mind Apart’ believe in the power of the arts, for wellbeing, for confidence building, for therapeutic benefit, for meeting new people and for being part of a community. Their weekly adult classes (held on Wednesdays from 6.30-7.30pm) cost £10 per week and offers all those benefits and more. Taught by industry professionals, qualified teachers, who specialise in being inclusive. The sessions encourage a sense of community and team spirit. No experience necessary just go along and enjoy learning about acting, yourself and others. Please click here for more details and to book a place online.

Manor and Castle Development Trust (MCDT) has announced details of some courses that will be running for a number of weeks during the coming months – with more being planned for the future. The courses cover a range of topics which can be viewed by clicking here to open the MCDT booklet or by clicking here to visit the MCDT website.

'Breaks or breakdown' is a new report from Carers UK and shows the ongoing impact of the pandemic on carers. 72% of carers have not had any breaks from their caring role during the pandemic, and on average carers have lost 25 hours of support every month. They are reporting high levels of fatigue and stress, and more than a third (35%) of people caring unpaid for family members or friends feel unable to manage their caring role. Carers are also worried about the future, with just 14% feel confident that the support they used to rely on will continue into the future. Click on this link for a copy of the report