Sheffield celebrates the work of unpaid carers

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Sheffield is celebrating the work of unpaid carers this Carers Week.

City charity ‘Carers in Sheffield’ is leading a programme of events throughout the week for carers to enjoy, which also aims to raise public awareness of the important role of unpaid carers.

Carers Week, running from June 6–10, is an annual campaign that aims to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges that carers face, and recognise the contribution that carers make to families and communities throughout the UK. There are currently over 60,000 unpaid carers in Sheffield alone, with 39 per cent of carers providing support for 20 hours or more each week. Carers week is important as it highlights the issues that carers face, and makes people who might be in difficult circumstances aware of the services available to them.

Information and support worker at Sheffield Carers Centre, Rosie Hunt said: “Many people we speak to say ‘I never thought of myself as a carer – I’m just his wife (or son, or friend)’. This can become a barrier for people to not get the help or support they need. Sheffield Carers Centre understands a carers role in the context of their family or life situation, not simply as a task to do. Carers Week gives us the opportunity to let people know we are here and to reach people who might never have thought of themselves as a carer.”

Carers in Sheffield have organised a full week of events with highlights including live music on The Moor on Monday June 6, 11am-2pm and a clubbercise dance class at Theatre Delicatessen from 5-6pm on Tuesday June 7. Sheffield Carers Centre are also running their Carers Café at the United Central Reformed Church, Norfolk Street on Friday June 10, 10am-12pm, where carers can talk to staff to find out about support available to them and meet other carers.

For a full programme of events please Click here or ring Jan on 0114 2788942

If you are a carer and need advice or support call Sheffield Carers Centre on 0114 2728362.