Carers honoured at ceremony in Sheffield

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Age UK Sheffield is celebrating a double success after picking up two care awards.

The charity’s Wellbeing Centre and Independent Living Coordinator, Sarah Hargreaves, were both recognised at Sheffield’s Carers’ Week Awards, where they received certificates from Sheffield Lord Mayor Councillor Talib Hussain.

The special ceremony was organised by Carers in Sheffield and held in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour at Sheffield Town Hall.

All the winners were nominated by other carers who felt they had been outstanding in their support.

Age UK Sheffield’s Wellbeing Centre helps older people with dementia maintain their independence, enjoy leisure pursuits, explore new interests and activities and meet other people going through similar experiences.

Based at Norfolk Heritage Park, the centre is visited by up to 50 people living with debilitating memory loss.

The charity’s Independent Living Coordinator Sarah Hargreaves was nominated by a former Age UK Sheffield client and carer who she helped by supporting her and her husband through his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, making sure they were aware of how the social care process works, liaising with Social Services on their behalf and linking them with services.

Sarah also ensured the couple received benefits they were entitled to.

She said: “I am over the moon about the award. For me Age UK Sheffield services are just part of the job that we do every day but I am so happy that it can make such a very real difference.

“The client who nominated me is one of thousands of carers that work very hard 24/7 and so it is very rewarding to hear that we have been able to help in some way.”