A NEW awareness campaign has been launched to help Sheffield’s 60,000 carers get access to the information they need.
At least one in 10 people in Sheffield provide unpaid support to their family or friends - but there are many more who don’t see themselves taking on such a role. Because it is estimated that no more than a quarter of carers are in touch with statutory or voluntary agencies, it means there are at least 40,000 carers whose responsibilities and needs are unknown.
Dawn Grant, aged 59, from Nether Edge, was a carer for her husband for six years and said: “I feel passionately that carers need to know about the help and support out there for them.
“Carers also need to know they are not alone, that there are lots of other people in similar situations, and they can get help. Caring can be such hard work, but you fight to keep the person you love with you.”
The campaign was launched at the Town Hall, where the council ran a poll of its own staff and identified at least 156 carers.
It includes information for carers on what to do in a crisis, packs for GPs on how to recognise and support carers, and a toolkit for employers on how they can offer support.