Support for Carers and Young Carers

It is important to remember both carers and young carers are entitled to help. The local authority has a duty to provide all carers and young carers with information and advice on sources of support that are available to help prevent or delay their needs from becoming more serious.

If support is provided directly to the carer or young carer then this support is free in Sheffield, but if support is provided to the cared for person this may incur a charge from the local authority. If there is a charge a financial assessment will be carried out to decide what contributions, if any, a person has to make.

Carers with eligible needs have the right to a personal budget for support. They can choose to have all or part of this as a direct payment to buy the support they think best meets their needs.  Eligible needs are those which have been assessed under a formal carers assessment. Carers Assessments leaflet.

Our Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Department facilitates a support group for carers of people who have experienced severe mental health difficulties. This takes place on the first Wednesday of the month in the Chapel at the Michael Carlisle Centre (S11 9BF) from 2pm until 4pm. Tea, coffee and cake are available. If you would like further information please contact the Chaplaincy Department (Tel: 0114 271 8022 or e-mail).

The Early Intervention (EI) in psychosis service supports people who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis, and their families.  Family members are offered the opportunity to attend a four week Relatives Group, run as a partnership between the Trust and the Sheffield Carers’ Centre.  The Relatives Group aims to offer family members a combination of information about the experience of psychosis along with discussion and reflection about shared experiences between group members.  For further information family members should contact their relative’s Care Co-ordinator, or Sue Martindale (Psychologist and Relatives Group Facilitator) on (0114) 2716217.

A co-produced relatives session for people with a relative with bipolar disorder was piloted in July 2017 at the Carers Centre.  Feedback from attenders suggested it was a helpful session so we will aim to run it again in early 2018.  Please contact Sue Martindale on 0114 2716217 if you’re interested in knowing more.

Further information about support can be found at:

Sheffield Carers Centre

Sheffield Carers Centre has provided support for carers in the city for over twenty years. They offer a range of services including advice, information and advocacy; a telephone helpline; one-to-one support; regular information hubs; a monthly Carers Café and a quarterly newsletter; a carers break fund; and specialist services including counselling, employment support, benefits advice and legal advice.

To access support please call 0114 272 8362 or email

For more information please see

Website includes:

Sheffield Young Carers (SYC)

SYC offer one year of support to young carers aged 8-25 from Sheffield to provide respite and build resilience.  Support includes individual and group support, respite activities in school holidays, advocacy, signposting, and training and participation opportunities.

Family support is also available for adults with mental health issues and/or substance misuse issues being cared for by their child.

Waiting lists apply.

For more information, go their website

Website includes:

Films made by young carers sharing their experiences

How to access SYC support for young carers and their families

An extensive resource library for professionals

How to apply for £300 grants for young carers

Other Support information

Caring with Confidence Online course

The Carers Trust gives access to a free online course for carers.

The Caring with Confidence course is a set of 7 short, free online sessions for carers. It helps you develop skills and knowledge for your caring role so you can learn simple techniques to help you care