Sheffield Carers Centre
If you look after or support anyone who is unable to manage for themselves, Sheffield Carers Centre offers advice, information, support groups and other services to help you. They also produce a newsletter four times a year.
Local support groups
There are a range of general, local support groups that meet regularly in various venues across Sheffield, including Darnall, Lowedges, Woodhouse, Manor, Ecclesfield, and the S6 area. You can view the full details here.
Sheffield Carers Centre hold a monthly cafe for any carer (with or without the person they care for) to call in for a drink or a chat with other carers, staff and volunteers. The cafe is held at Central United Reform Church, 60 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB. It takes place every second Friday of the month, 10.00am - 12noon.
Other Support Groups
There are a number of other support groups that are aimed at people with a specific background or situation.
- Mental Health Hub - a monthly support group for anyone who cares for someone with mental health issues. The group runs every third Thursday of the month, 10.30 - 12.30 at the Carers Centre.
- Working Carers Group - this takes place on a Saturday morning for people who have the challenge of combining paid work with caring responsibilities. The group runs every third Saturday of the month, 10.30am - 12noon at the Carers Centre.
- Support for carers of adults with learning disabilities - there are several groups, including a specific group for those who care for young people with learning disabilities age 16 - 21 who are transitioning from children's to adult services. For details of these groups, contact the Sharing Caring Project on 0114 275 8879.
- Asian Carers' Group - meets at the Pakistan Muslim Centre, Woodburn Rd, alternate Wednesdays 11.30am - 2.30pm.
- Support Group for Asian Women Carers - these groups are run by Roshni, who you can contact on 0114 258 8898.
- Support Group for Somali Carers - groups for men and women are run by Maan (Somali Mental Health), who you can contact on 0114 275 8556.
- Younger Adult Carers - if you are in your 20s, 30s or 40s, Carers in Sheffield can put you in touch with others in a similar situation for support.
You can access a full list here, or contact Sheffield Carers Centre for more information.
Carers Support and Information Line - there is a phone line for carers on 0114 272 8362, or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Information Library -visit the website for helpful resources, leaflets and factsheets about various topics including the Care & Support Act 2014, caring and working, caring and studying, mental health, respite, transport and useful contacts.
Time for Me - a small grant is available to help carers to get a break or pusue an activity or interest. The grant is available to individuals and groups of carers who spend over 35 hours caring per week. Examples of what funding can be used for are trips away, equipment (eg. a bicycle), fees for a course, spa days etc.
Legal Advice - free half hour of legal advice with Wrigley's Solicitors around making a will, power of attorney and other legal matters.
Employment Support - Keeping Carers in Mind - this service offers support and advice to family carers who are in employment, or seeking employment. The service also works with carers and their employers to look at how an employer can support a member of staff who has a caring responsibility.
Carers Toolbox - 5-session courses to support carers around their own health & wellbeing.
Counselling Service - This service enables you to talk in confidence to a trained professional through a series of weekly counselling sessions. There is a charge for this service - please contact the Carers Support & Information line for more information.
Telephone Befriending Service - This service is offered to people who feel isolated as a carer but don't have the time or energy to meet up with others, or feel unable to leave the house. A trained volunteer can give you a fortnightly call for a chat and emotional support.
Training - from time to time opportunities are available to carers to attend training courses which may be relevant to their caring role. In the past these have included Basic IT (computer skills) courses, First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, and a training course for carers who support someone with an eating disorder. Check the website for the latest updates.
In Safe Hands - this is a new service to provide reassurance to carers that the person they care for will continue to be looked after in an emergency if the carer is unable to do so, even for a short time.
Location: Ground Floor East Concept House
Street: 5 Young St
Postcode: S1 4UP