A Sheffield organisation which has supported those caring for loved ones for two decades years has marked its 20th anniversary.
Sheffield Carers Centre, based in Bells Square in the city centre, helps the thousands of carers in Sheffield who look after loved ones.
Staff, volunteers and carers gathered for an anniversary celebration at Sheffield Town Hall to share their stories.
Carers told of the daily struggles they faced and how the charity has become a lifeline for them.
The centre offers various services including support groups, a buddying scheme, a carers’ cafe and a telephone befriending service.
Its Time for Me service offers carers a grant to enable them to take a break.
Celia Robinson, chief executive, said the reason the organisation has survived for 20 years is because it has adapted to changes and obstacles and carers are put at the heart of everything it does.
She said: “We are the only organisation in Sheffield that supports and provides information to any adult carer no matter what their caring situation.
“A lot of the other voluntary caring organisations also have to focus on the cared for person. We focus entirely on the carer.
“This means we can be more responsive to what the carer needs.”
She added: “These are the main reasons we have not only survived for 20 years but we have thrived.”
The centre now has 7,200 carers living in the city on its mailing list and this year launched a buddying scheme particular for carers aged between 18 and 35.
It also employs a bi-lingual carer support worker who is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi.
The charity’s helpline receives around 50 enquiries each week and last year it enabled more than 400 carers to take a break from their responsibilities.
Lord Mayor, Coun Peter Rippon, told those at the event the Sheffield Carers Centre was one of three charities he is supporting during his term.
He said: “If it wasn’t for people like yourselves, society would just come to a halt because the system wouldn’t be able to cope.”
Volunteers and trustees also spoke about their involvement and hopes for the future of the organisation.