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.

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

'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

Sheffield CCG and Sheffield City Council are interested in the views of carers around medicines and the people you care for. They are looking to improve how vulnerable residents get the best from their medicines and welcome the thoughts of carers on the following: (1) On a scale from 1-10 how much do you agree with this statement: The medicines help the person I care for to be as healthy and well as they can be. (2) What would help to increase this rating? (3) What else would help improve the situation? Please email your feedback to: sheccg.engagementactivity@nhs.net

This new book about caring has received some excellent reviews
'Handle With Care' has been described as a poignant part-diary and part-guide written by Rochelle Bugg, which describes how at the age of 25 she, with support of St Elizabeth Hospice, helped nurse her mother through treatment after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour. This link is to a Kindle version, but the book is available from lots of retailers.

After you've had the vaccinaton please remember to .....
The NHS and the Council have produced some videos that are now available online and help explain what people need to do after they've had the vaccine to help keep everyone safe. Some are in community languages and the NHS video can be viewed here. The Council website has posters that can be viewed here about what to do 'after the jab' 

PKW produce a new 'Activity List' with useful ideas for carers
People Keeping Well is an organisations that follows the principles of 'making every contact count' by encouraging and supporting the day-to-day interactions that groups and individuals have with other people. This new guide includes a wide range of activities being held by various organisations across Sheffield. Click here to read or download a copy of the guide.

SACMHA Carers Suport Group
Caring for someone with dementia or memory issues can be difficult and isolating, but you need to know you are doing a fantastic job. SACMHA are inviting carers for a friendly chat with this online support group that meets from 1030 to 1130 on Wednesdays during March and April.
Use this link for more details and how to join in.