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.

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 the episodes via the BBC iplayer.

In March 2020, Kate Garraway's husband, contracted Covid-19 and was placed in a medically-induced coma. Initially, Kate was told that he would not survive, but he is now at home and requires round-the-clock care. In this book ‘The Power of Hope’ Kate hopes that revealing her personal experience will give comfort to others. By sharing the lessons she has learnt along the way, it will help people begin to adapt and rebuild their lives. Her courage, positivity and warmth shine through and this inspiring story will resonate with many carers. Click here for details of hardback and Kindle versions of the book.

Welcome to Sheffield’s Living Well guide, which has baeen produced by Sheffield City Council with our ‘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.

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 December and January 2022, so if you’re interested in helping please contact Rosie Hunt: Click here for more details

Free IT Training & Support aimed at Council Housing Tenants and TARAs: A chance to join in FREE weekly advice and support sessions for 'Digital INclusion'. They are currently held on Zoom for Council Housing Tenants and Tenant and Resident Association (TARA) reps.
Free training for volunteers: A short training session via Zoom is scheduled on 26th October for anyone that would like to get involved in becoming a Digital Champion for their area.
Please click here for details on free Computer Classes or becoming a Device Doctor.
To register email or call Heeley Trust on 0114 399 1070.

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.

If you live in England and are aged 16 or over, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine from a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site without an appointment. You do not need to be registered with a GP or bring any ID. It might help to bring your NHS number, if you know it. If you've already had your 1st dose, you need to wait 8 weeks before having your 2nd dose. Only people aged 18 or over (or turning 18 within 3 months) are currently eligible for a 2nd dose. Click here to visit the NHS website and enter your postcode to find the nearest vaccination clinics.

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.

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