The Covid-19 pandemic has affected people and organisations in many ways. Our aim at Sheffield Carers Centre is to provide the best service possible as well as ensuring our carers and staff are as safe as possible.

Our Carer Advice Line is open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday (0114 272 8362)

We continue to offer as many services as possible as outlined on the Our Services page of this website. Please keep checking the site and our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest information as the range of activities and services continue to evolve, often at short notice.

We strongly encourage everyone to take up the offer of vaccination

In addition to the National Booking Service (click here) there are a number of walk-in vaccination clinics operating around Sheffield. Some clinics are operating throughout the week and others are opening for one day. The Sheffield Community Covid Bus is a one stop shop for all things Covid-19 and offers people without symptoms the chance of an LFD test with results in 30 mins. To watch a short video the Bus please (click here) and look out on social media pages for details of where it is located each day.

For more information and the answers to some FAQs about vaccinations:

* For information about the Coronavirus vaccine on the Sheffield CCG website please (click here)
* Sheffield City Council also has information on ‘how to get your vaccine’ on their website (click here)
* Carers Trust has information about ‘which carers are eligible for vaccination’ on their website (click here)
* Carers UK has a FAQ page (click here) and a letter template to register with a GP if needed (click here)

Free PPE for carers

The Government has updated its guidance for carers, and now includes a recommendation that PPE should be made available to carers who do not live with the person they care for. Please (click here) to visit the Government website and scroll down to the section on ‘Personal Protection Equipment’.

Other Information for Carers

Self-Isolation Pack: Sheffield City Council has produced a guide with information on the help and support for anyone self-isolating during the pandemic. Click here for a pdf on the symptoms of Coronavirus and what to do if self-isolating.

Let’s keep in touch: A practical guide to help unpaid carers and those they care for maintain social connections when physically distancing. Click here to open a pdf of the guide or contact our office to ask for a print copy to be posted.

Carer Emergency Card: Can help carers plan in case of an emergency (eg if the carer becomes unwell) and includes recording information on the back of our carer card. Click here for details of how this can help.

Adult & young carers providing unpaid care during Coronavirus: Information for people who are caring, unpaid, for friends or family during the pandemic. Click here for government guidance.

Carers asked to return to work by their employer: Information about the rights for carers asked by employers to return to work as lockdown conditions change. Click here for information from Carers UK.

Looking after family and friends when they leave hospital: Information for the family and friends of a person who needs ongoing care and support after leaving hospital. Click here for government guidance.

Supporting people outside their home: Information on how to stay safe while providing or receiving support during the pandemic (eg help with shopping or exercising or communicating). Click here for government guidance.

Guidance on mental health and wellbeing: Every Mind Matters: Advice and information for parents and carers on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Click here to visit the NHS website.

Carers Trust: Young and Young Adults Carers: The Carers Trust have created a list of links to useful information about Covid-19 for young and young adult carers. Click here to view details on the Carers Trust website.

Carers UK: This website includes a range of information on how to protect the person you care for, contingency planning, and general advice for carers. Click here to view details on the Carers UK website.

General Government Guidance:

Click here to view the Government web page with links to all their information and guidance.
Click here for guidance on shielding and protecting people clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid-19.
Click here to view the list of frequently asked questions and answers on what you can and can’t do.
Click here to view the latest government information on staying alert and safe.
Click here to view the guidance for households with possible or confirmed Covid-19 infection.

Testing & Tracking:

Click here for government information about getting tested.
Click here for information about testing sites in Sheffield on the ‘SheffNews’ website.
Click here for guidance for contacts of people with confirmed Covid-19 who do not live with that person.

Face Coverings:

Click here for government guidance on wearing face masks.
Click here for government guidance on exemptions from wearing face coverings.

Other Government Advice:

Click here for details of what parents and carers about schools and education settings during the pandemic.
Click here for guidance for people using transport or working in the transport sector during the pandemic.
Click here to view guidance for people receiving Direct Payments during the pandemic.
Click here for government guidance on visiting Care Homes during the pandemic.
Click here for information on helping bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions.
Click here for details about remote witnessing of wills and making it easier for people to record their final wishes.

NHS and Health Advice:

Click here for up-to-date information about local services at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.
Click here for information from the NHS 111 service about what to do if you think you have symptoms.
Click here to visit the NHS website for more detailed information on symptoms, self-isolating, track and trace.
Click here for details of testing & tracking.   Click here for details of how testing and tracking works.
Click here to visit the ‘NHS Covid Recovery’ website to support with ongoing symptoms as they recover.
Click here to visit the ‘NHS Health at Home’ webpage for information on accessing GPs and repeat prescriptions etc.

Other Sources of Advice

Click here to visit the Healthwatch Sheffield website for advice on how to stay well during the pandemic.
Click here for the Mental Health Foundation website with advice on looking after your mental health during Covid-19.
Click here to visit the MIND website with lots of helpful practical advice about managing mental health during this time.

Other Information and Support Services in Sheffield

Click here for the Voluntary Action Sheffield website which has a map of local support groups and community hubs.
Click here for the Sheffield Directory webpage with a range of information relating to dementia and Covid-19.
Click here for information about the Age UK Sheffield Dementia Advice Service.
Click here for information, advice and to access easy to read materials from Sheffield Mencap & Gateway.
Click here to view a PDF with a list of links and resources to help carers of people with autism.

Page updated on 24 August 2021