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Sheffield Mencap & Gateway - Sharing caring project

The project works with family carers over 55 of people with a learning disability and or Autism. Our particular focus is to keep in touch and help families to create emergency plans and to support them to think about the future and longer term plans.


Sharing Caring Project has always worked in a variety of ways to support families of adults with learning disabilities and/or autism. 

 Since January 2017 we are working with the Sheffield Carer’s Centre to focus our support on family carers, who are 55+ and are caring at home or who are regularly supporting a relative who is living elsewhere.

Cathy and Kirsty, the KITS workers, will talk to you and work out how they can best tailor the support they can provide to meet your needs. Support they can offer includes:

  • Providing a regular ‘keep in touch’ service
  • Helping families develop long term emergency plans
  • Helping families think about long term future planning and steps they can begin to take
  • Organising regular information sessions, workshops and groups about useful topics for carers

If needed, we can arrange face to face appointments at Sheffield Mencap so you can meet with us in person to discuss any issues or concerns in more detail.

We have very limited capacity for home visits, but where it is necessary we can do this.

We are available 4 days per week, usually Monday to Thursday and our core hours are 9.30am to 4.30pm. We can offer information, advice or just a listening ear.

If the phone is busy or not answered, we might be on the other line or meeting with a family member so please always leave a message on our answer phone and we will return your call when we can.

Please get in touch with Cathy or Kirsty if you need any information, advice or support

Or you can email.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Kirsty Worstenholm
Contact Position
Family support and information worker
Cathy Oliver - 0114 2758879 / 07928384020
E-mail -
Sheffield Mencap

Where to go

Sheffield Mencap and Gateway
Norfolk Lodge
Park Grange Road
S2 3QF

When is it on?

Time / Date Details
Monday to Thursday 9.30-4.30
Time of day
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Inclusion Information

Able to accommodate other cultures/ethnicities

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