City-based carers are leading a series of events to raise awareness of the important role they play in the community.
The celebrations are being held as part of Carers week and are for all carers, who are unpaid, to enjoy.
Carers Week, which is running until June 18, is an annual campaign which raises awareness of caring, highlights the challenges carers face, and recognises the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK every day.
There are currently over 60,000 unpaid carers in Sheffield, with 39 per cent of those providing support for 20 hours or more each and every week.
Carers Week highlights the issues carers face, and makes people who might be in difficult circumstances aware of services available to help them.
To help raise awareness, residents are being encouraged to show their support for carers by placing their hands into a heart shape and posting it on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #sheffieldlovescarers
Senior Carer Advisor at Sheffield Carers Centre, Rosie Hunt, said: “Many people we speak to say I have never thought of myself as a carer, I’m just a husband or son, or friend. This can make it difficult for people to getting the help or support they need.
Sheffield Carers Centre understands that caring can sometimes take a toll on an individual or family and Carers Week gives us the opportunity to let people know we’re here and to reach people who might never have thought of themselves as a carer.”
For a full programme of events please visit www.sheffieldcarers.org.uk or ring Jan on 0114 278 8942.