We work with the Sheffield Carers Centre to support carers in Sheffield. The centre provides support, information and advice for people who care for relatives and family who are ill, frail or disabled or experience mental ill-health or substance misuse.
The Carers Centre quarterly newsletter is full of good advice, key dates, top tips and useful information. You can sign up to receive this regularly on their website.
The Carers Centre Advisor Team has trained staff who understand the pressures of caring and can help you with any aspect of your caring role. They will also link you in with other services that the Centre provides, and help you understand how they can most effectively help you. You can phone the Carer Advisor Team on 0114 272 8362.
The Sheffield Carers Centre is also responsible for carrying out Carers Needs Assessments. These are about how your caring situation is impacting your life, and the measures that we can take in order to lessen the effect. Visit the Sheffield Carers Centre website for more information about this.
We provide short breaks, sometimes called respite care, to help carers, and the person they care for, to take a break. We also provide short breaks for people who don’t have a carer, to support them and maintain their independence. Short breaks are also provided for young carers.
A break can be for a few hours or a few days, depending on whether the carer needs time to attend an appointment, to have an operation, or for a rest so they feel able to continue caring for someone. A break can also be longer, if needed. The longer breaks may take place in a care home, or with a carefully selected family, this is called Shared Lives, or a live in carer may be arranged. Short breaks can also be provided so a carer can visit friends or relatives, attend an appointment or take part in activities outside the home.
Short breaks are provided for eligible carers, and for those they support. We will carry out a financial assessment to work out how much you can afford to pay towards the cost of your support.
Support for young carers
If you are under 21 and provide care for or look after someone, you could be a young carer. All children under the age of 18 have rights. One of the most important rights you have as a young carer is the right to an assessment.
For help and support including information, one-to-one support, group activities and help for your family, contact us. An assessment is your way to tell an adult you trust about your caring at home. This will help you and the adult find ways to make your life and your caring role easier.
Shared Lives carers
Shared Lives carers provide two types of care and support - respite and long term placements. Both these types of care require the carer to accept someone as part of their family and household for either a limited or extended period of time.
Anyone over 18 can apply to become a carer and you do not need any special qualifications. You will be paid on a self-employed basis, and if providing a long term placement, you will also receive paid holiday.
You will be given training, advice and on-going support, and we can arrange for you to meet existing carers who can give you an insight into the practical, real-life aspects of caring.
To apply you will need complete our enquiry form or contact us for an application. You will then enter into an assessment process and after a successful assessment you can chose what type of care you would like to offer.