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Support for carers

Older Families Planning Project

The Older Families Planning Project supports people to make positive life choices when families are no longer able to support a son or daughter with learning disabilities. Between April 2009 - March 2010, the Older Families Planning Project worked with 44 families to enable them to plan ahead for the future. Solutions have ranged from setting up small preventative packages to enable families to continue caring, to supporting people to remain in the family home following the death of a parent.

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Older Carers Support Service

Work by the Sharing Caring Project and Sheffield Case Register has revealed that many older family carers feel isolated in the caring role and have needs of their own as older people.

The Older Carers Support Service provides support to older carers of people with a learning disability.

Two support visitors will

  • visit and keep in regular contact with older family carers aged 70 and over
  • act as a link between carers and a range of support
  • build up relationships to support carers to deal with problems before they turn into crisis
  • record information that can be used to support people in emergencies

Older Carers Support Service (OCSS)
St. George's Community Health Centre
Winter Street
S3 7ND

Telephone: 0114 226 2231

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Sheffield Carers Centre

Sheffield Carers Centre offers information and support to all carers. It does this by providing

  • an information pack for the carer, and a newsletter six times a year
  • a directory of carers support groups and a pack on working and caring
  • a telephone helpline, open each weekday morning, offering information and a friendly listening ear
  • social and recreational groups such as a creative writing group, art group, strolling group, coffee morning, local carers groups in Darnall and Upperthorpe
  • an emergency card for carers
  • aromatherapy sessions
  • sessions on legal and benefits advice
  • counselling
  • access to a Short Breaks Fund
  • help with looking for grants for carers in need

All of our services to carers are free and confidential.

Website: Sheffield Carers Centre
Telephone: 0114 278 8942 (office) 0114 272 8362 (helpline)

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The Sharing Caring Project

The Sharing Caring Project support family carers of someone with a learning disability who’s over 18.

You can download the Sharing Caring Project leaflet below for full details of support they offer. If you would like to join or be sent the newsletter, please fill in the referral form below.

The Sharing Caring Project holds Carers Clinics each month at Sheffield Mencap & Gateway, Norfolk Lodge.  Read more about Carers Clinics and find out the dates for 2013 in the flyer below as well as the various carers support groups that are happening in Sheffield.

Telephone: 0114 275 8879

Sharing Caring Project Downloads

Other carers’ support groups

There are a wide range of support groups in the city for the families and carers of people with various disabilities and illnesses. Some are run by professionals, for example, in doctors' surgeries. Others are run by voluntary organisations and there are also small self help groups, run entirely by carers themselves.

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