Useful Online Resources
Sheffield Directory http://www.sheffielddirectory.org.uk
This is a directory of information about a vast range of services and organisations in Sheffield. Whether you’re looking for lunch clubs, or day centres, or what support is in place in Sheffield for those with a condition such as bipolar, or MS.
Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Trust https://shsc.nhs.uk/need-help/help-for-carers-and-relatives/
The Trust has an updated strategy of how it can support adult and young carers. It has also produced a range of resources for carers that covers issues such as confidentiality, carers assessments, local and national support services and how to get involved in the Care Trust.
Sheffield Mental Health Guide http://sheffieldmentalhealth.org.uk/
This is a guide to all the mental health services in Sheffield, for example the Community Mental Health teams, how to access them and what sort of support can be provided through them. It also provides information on specific concerns, such as anxiety or bereavement, as well as links to Relaxation videos and tips.
Carers UK Information pages
Benefits and financial information
Practical support, such as how to find careworkers for at home, or residential and nursing care
Coming out of hospital
Legal issues, such as Power of Attorney
Looking after your own health
Useful apps and online tools
Jointly App https://www.jointlyapp.com/#welcome
This is an app designed specifically for carers – it enables you to share information with anyone else who is involved in caring for your friend or family member. You can upload details such as which medication needs to be taken, or the shopping which needs to be picked up, and mark when it has been done. This can be used for an individual purpose, as a task list which might help keep track of what needs to be done, or shared with other people who could chip in and help. The app has been designed by Carers UK. For more information on how it works, visit: http://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/our-products-for-carers
This is very similar to Jointly. However, it has been designed to enable a wide range of people to see the tasks which need to be done. For example, if a friend says ‘let me know what I can do to help’, they would be able to see what time a hospital appointment was, and be able to offer to assist with that. It enables a wider community of people to know how they can help and what would be most useful each day for you.
Carer Forums http://www.carersuk.org/forum http://www.carers.org/forum
You may also find there are forums specifically for carers of individual conditions, or a type of condition – for example, there is a carers’ forum through Macmillan for those who are supporting someone with cancer; and a carers’ forum run by the Alzheimer’s Society.