Across the UK today 6.5 million people are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill.

That’s 1 in 8 adults who care, unpaid, for family and friends. Within our lifetime, there will be 9 million carers.

Our loved ones are living longer with illness or disability, and more and more of us are looking after them. Whether round-the-clock or for a few hours a week, in our own home or for someone at the other end of a motorway – caring can have a huge effect on us, our lives and our plans.

Caring is such an important part of life. It’s simply part of being human. Carers are holding families together, enabling loved ones to get the most out of life, making an enormous contribution to society and saving the economy billions of pounds.

Yet many of us are stretched to the limit – juggling care with work and family life, or even struggling with poor health ourselves. We often find it difficult to make ends meet if we’re unable to work or if we’ve reduced our working hours to care. 

Every day 6,000 people become carers. Many don’t know how or where to get help. It can be frightening and very lonely.

For some it’s sudden: someone you love is taken ill or has an accident, your child is born with a disability. For others, caring creeps up unnoticed: your parents can’t manage on their own any longer, your partner’s health gets gradually worse.

Looking after someone can be tough, but you’re not on your own. Carers UK is here to listen, to give you expert information and advice that’s tailored to your situation, to champion your rights and support you in finding new ways to manage at home, at work, or wherever you are.

Sheffield Carers Centre is your first stop for local information about support for carers. Visit their website or call the Centre for a welcome pack full of information and advice – and to get a regular copy of their quarterly newsletter.

The Carers Centre also offers the following services:

  • Carer advice line.
  • Carer card offering discounts on services, goods and activities. Also to record emergency numbers.
  • Carer activities and workshops.
  • Legal advice clinic.
  • Carer cafe and support groups.
  • Community connect. A telephone support service from volunteers to combat loneliness.
  • Emergency planning.
  • Carers assessment. An assessment of what support you may need as a carer.
  • Time for a break grant.
  • Information and resources.

You can call the Carers Centre on (0114) 272 8362.  

You can call the Carers UK helpline on 0808 808 7777 (Monday-Friday 9am-6pm). You can also email advice@carersuk.org for carers advice. 

Carers UK provide information and guidance to unpaid carers. This covers a range of subjects including:

  • benefits and financial support
  • your rights as a carer in the workplace
  • carers' assessments and how to get support in your caring role
  • services available to carers and the people you care for
  • how to complain effectively and challenge decisions.

View all support for carers in the directory.

 

 

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