Sheffield Carers Centre

Sheffield Carers Centre

At a glance

Causes

  • Counselling / advice
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Local / community
  • Mental health

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

Sheffield Carers Centre is a local independent charity founded in 1994, that is also affiliated to the national Carers Trust charity. We provide a range of high quality services to unpaid adult carers in Sheffield; and are committed to raising the profile of caring and making a difference to carers’ lives.

Our team has around 20 full and part-time staff plus 30 volunteers and everyone’s contribution is valued. We work together as a team, as well as working with various other organisations to provide the services that help unpaid carers. Our Mission Statement: Sheffield Carers Centre is the major independent charity offering support to Sheffield carers.  It does this by providing high quality information, advice, advocacy and support.  It seeks to reach out to all carers and to ensure that their needs are met. Our Vision: Sheffield Carers Centre’s vision is of a city where all carers are recognised, valued and effectively supported to enable them to continue caring in the way they choose and to have a life of their own; a city where carers’ contribution is respected and acknowledged. Our Values: 

In everything we do, we aim to be:

  • carer-focussed
  • professional
  • responsive
  • accessible and responsive to diversity
  • caring
  • empowering

The Carers Centre offers support and information services to all unpaid adult carers in the Sheffield looking after a family member or friend who is frail, or has a disability, illness, or mental health issue.

Activities

Looking after someone due to old age, illness, disability, mental health difficulties or an addiction can be very rewarding, but it can also take a toll on physical and mental wellbeing.

We offer a range of services to help unpaid carers focus on their own health and wellbeing. We can also connect carers to others in a similar situation and we are on hand to help navigate the challenges of caring.

The different services we offer to unpaid carers are:

1. Carer Advice Line: Call us for personalised expert advice on anything related to your caring role. One of the team is an Urdu and Punjabi speaker, and we use an interpretation service for other languages. 2. Carer Card: This offers discounts on a wide range of services, products and activities from local and national businesses; plus there is space to record two emergency contact numbers. 3. Carer Activities & Carers Workshops: Regular activities for carers to have a break from their caring role and look after their own wellbeing and a programme of workshops to help carers share experiences and learn new skills. 4. Legal Advice Clinic: Free 30-minute individual legal advice sessions with a legal expert, offering advice around topics such as wills, estate planning and power of attorney. Clinics are held on a monthly basis. 5. Carer Café & Support Groups: The Café is held every Friday and is a great chance to meet other carers. The Support Groups take place at various locations around Sheffield on a regular basis. 6. Carer Connect: A telephone support service providing regular phone calls from volunteers to reduce social isolation and connect carers with their local community. 7. Emergency Planning: We provide information to help carers make an emergency plan if something unexpectedly stopped them from looking after the person they care for. 8. Carer's Assessment: A carer’s assessment provides an opportunity to discuss the impact of your caring role with one of our Carer Advisors, who will discuss the support you might need and help put this in place. 9. Time for a Break Grant: Small grants for short breaks or activities that support wellbeing and help you take a break from your caring role. We’ll assess your eligibility as part of a Carers Assessment. 10. Information and resources: Easy access to a range of information and resources on our website from expert sources covering more than 20 topics to help with your caring role. 11. Digital Resources for Carers: Carers can access the free online ‘Digital Resources for Carers’ which is provided by Carers UK and Sheffield City Council, that includes information, eLearning, resources, and the Jointly app. 12. Carers News: This free monthly E-newsletter provides up-to-date information about our services and activities, along with key news items that affect carers.

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