Carers Week is a national campaign which aims to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. Sheffield has an estimated 7,300 young carers.
All over Sheffield, people came together to raise awareness and offer support for young and adult carers. As well as our 'Move to the Beat for Carers Week' event, here are just a few of the other brilliant things that took place this year:
- Meadowhead School ran awareness raising sessions in every class
- Firth Park Academy offered their young carers the chance for a break from caring with a trip to the Alpaca Farm
We gave a presentation at the Primary Inclusion Panel and ran a Young Carers Specialist Lunchtime Seminar
- Sheffield Carers Centre were busking on the Moor; running information sessions; holding quizzes, cafes and arts sessions for carers; and hosted the brilliant ‘Caring for Carers’ Awards.
- Vibe at the Together Women Project held a really relaxing pamper night for female carers aged 12-19
- The University of Sheffield invited young carers to come for a ‘Coffee and a chat with a Student Champion’
- Zest, SACMHA and St Luke’s all held wellbeing events for carers
Wow, what a fantastic Carers Week. Go Sheffield!