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Sheffield launches Action Plan for Adult Carers

21 Jun

The newly launched Sheffield’s Adult Carers action plan will make sure that people in a caring role continue to get the support they need so that they can care for others.

The action plan was conceptualised by carers themselves at an event they held and will support their 60,000 unpaid adult peers across Sheffield.

Sheffield City Council works not only with the individual themselves but also a range of related organisations including Sheffield Carers Centre, Sheffield Young Carers, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Health and Social Care Trust and Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group to coordinate the help and support given to the city’s carers.

Chris, who cares for his adult daughter who has autism and cerebral palsy explained that it was essential that the process was a genuine collaboration between services and individual carers and that the plan needed to be “open, honest and transparent to make lasting change”.

Pauline Kimantas, Chief Executive of Sheffield Carers Centre said “The passion in the room at the event was fantastic and it can be used to move things forward. There’s still so much to do and everybody recognises that. We’ll do our best to ensure people work in partnership.”

An important part of the plan is to make sure that carers have “a life of their own” says Emma Dickinson, the Council’s Commissioning Manager for Carers. Increasing opportunities for these people to look after their own health, have regular and sufficient breaks and to access education and work are important aspects of the Council’s plans.

“Seventy per cent of them are of working age. The plan places an emphasis on helping them to continue to work – or return to work,” she added.

Carers raised concerns about how well institutions work together and what could be done to increase communication and ensure that those they care for, and they themselves, are listened to.

There was lots of agreement that many people doing caring roles don’t see themselves as carers, so the action plan must involve ways to reach those people. Many suggestions came from carers about the ways that GPs and others could support carers to access the help that is out there for them.

The six principles that underpin the new action plan are:

  1. Access at the right time, the right type of information and advice for them, their family and the person they care for.
  2. Understanding their rights and having access to an assessment.
  3. Having a voice for themselves and the person they care for.
  4. Having regular and sufficient breaks.
  5. Continuing to learn and develop, train or work (if they wish to).
  6. Looking after their own health.

Councillor Chris Peace, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care at Sheffield City Council said: “The support that professionals provide to carers to help them find the time and space to be healthy, get enough sleep and maintain relationships is essential. I’m pleased that we have an action plan that we can all work to and I look forward to seeing the progress a plan like this can make.

“Being a carer is an extremely difficult job, which often affects their own mental and physical health. We want to make sure that their important role is supported so that they can continue to support others.”

The Carers Action Plan will be reviewed every six months. The next meeting will be on 1st November, where carers and partners will discuss progress.

 

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Health Activities at Zest – June 2018

6 Jun

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For a full list of activities, please follow the link below:

Zest Activities June 2018

The games are on!

6 Jun

Do you fancy saving the world from a deadly disease, designing a stained glass window, or even building the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World?

The new Sheffield board game library in the Central Library reading room gives you the chance to do all this and more.  Whether you’re a serious game geek or just curious to see what the burgeoning board game hobby is all about, you’re sure to find something in the collection to take your fancy.

The carefully curated selection of around 50 modern games – including Sagrada, Mysterium, Potion Explosion, Clank!, and Codenames – can now be played for free anytime in the library. And gamers are welcome to socialise as they strategise, talking as much as they like while playing in the reading room.

Players aged 10+ are also encouraged to attend the monthly game night events, run by experienced, passionate staff, which take place on Wednesday evenings from 5.30 until the library closes at 8.00pm.  Upcoming game night dates include 20 June, 18 July, 22 August, and 19 September.

Players must be members of the library to use the board game collection and can join straightaway if they are not.  Signing up is free, quick, and easy and library membership offers a wide range of books, ebooks, music, film, access to computers and other resources for members.

The Sheffield board game library was created following a successful funding bid to The Society of Chief Librarians – Yorkshire and Humber.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure said: “The range of creative and fun activities taking place in the Central Library is growing all the time.  We look forward to welcoming gamers to the building and seeing it develop even further as Sheffield’s city centre living room.”

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Museum Dementia Friendly Cafes

1 Jun

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Dance to Health

1 Jun

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To view the newsletter, please click on the following link:  Dance to Health April 2018 FINAL LOW RES DIGITAL VERSION_

 

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Social Dining Clubs

10 May

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Activities at Zest – May 2018

10 May

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