A host of events are planned in Sheffield to celebrate Carers’ Week to raise awareness of the services and support on offer and thank carers for the important work they do.
Carers have said nationally that they would like more advice, information and support that could help them and the person they care for. Carers’ week – 9 to 15 June – will help to reach out to carers with information and celebratory events, including a day of dance, art exhibition, pampering sessions and coffee mornings.
Events are being organised by Carers in Sheffield, Making Space and Sheffield Young Carers Project, and are supported by Sheffield City Council. There are an estimated 64,000 carers in Sheffield, which is equivalent to 1 in 10 of the local population. At least 2,000 of these are young carers under 16 years old.
Cllr Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Independent Living, said:
“Nationally carers have said they would like more access to advice, information and support. This is being addressed through the events taking place during Carers’ Week and beyond with information points and services on offer.
“Being a carer is an extremely difficult job that people don’t always realise they’re doing. That’s why it’s so important that carers recognise that they are indeed carers and then they can get help information and support should they need it.
“Carers Week is a chance to thank everyone who helps friends or family to live more comfortably in their own homes. The events will provide vital information about the support available in Sheffield. They’ll also provide fun opportunities for carers to give them a much deserved break and to thank them for all the hard work they do.”
Events are running every day throughout the week. Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/carers for more information.