Celebrating our wonderful carers

The often-hidden contributions Sheffield based carers make to their families and friends who are experiencing mental health difficulties were celebrated by Team SHSC.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, the right worshipful lord mayor of Sheffield, joined our engagement and experience team at the Town Hall on Thursday 13 June, to present carers with certificates of appreciation.

The event was part of our work to mark Carers Week - an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It ran from Monday 10 June until Sunday 16 June.

Our event was sponsored by Sheffield Hospitals Charity. Over £100 was also raised to go towards gardening equipment and headphones for residents at Woodland View.

It feels good to be appreciated as a staff carer, it can sometimes feel overwhelming for the things we do as carers, but I have really enjoyed today and would encourage all staff who are carers to join the staff carers network group.

I can identify myself as a carer as well as a parent, I have a child who is neurodiverse who requires more help, more support and more caring duties and one child who doesn’t. I know in direct comparison that a carer is more than being a parent.

Currently I am a carer for my wife and my dad, I would like to say a personal thank you for the support I receive from SHSC SHINDIG co-ordinator, Claire Jespson, and the continued support over the years I still receive from Sheffield Carers Centre when I lost my two daughters. Their support is just priceless.

Feedback from individual carers at the event
Carers group photo