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A carer is someone who looks after someone else, usually a family member, who is unable to cope on their own due to disability, severe illness or frailty. In Sheffield, around one person in 11 takes care of someone else and research suggests that in the UK, the value of care provided by unpaid carers is around £87 billion per year Ė greater than the entire cost of the NHS.

Carers often struggle to maintain their own health, juggle caring with work and with other family responsibilities and often donít even recognise themselves as carers and therefore do not ask for help.

However, there are many organisations and services that can help carers and the links below will give you information about lots of these. The Sheffield Carers Centre helpline can also help any carer to navigate the care system to find the support they need.

Please scroll down the page to see all the groups and services available to you or use the bookmarks below to go straight to a specific section of the page.

Sheffield Carers Centre Emergency Alerts Home Care / Support Respite Care
Advice Centres GP Surgeries Sport and Leisure Sitting Services
Care Alarms Health and Wellbeing Libraries Transport
Carers Support Health Conditions Loneliness Other Searches
Direct Payment Support Personal Assistants (PA's)

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Local Services

Find out what else is available in your neighbourhood (some of these clubs, groups and services are free)

Further Searches

Search for groups or services using a keyword or refine your search by combining a keyword with a postal district
(some of these clubs, groups and services are free)

Keyword Search

Keyword & Postal District Search


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Help Yourself is an online directory of community groups, support groups, health and social care organisations in Sheffield. Here you will find leisure activities such as dancing, drama, reading groups and writing groups, art (including art classes and craft groups), music (choirs, orchestras, bands) and youth clubs. You will find sports activities such as martial arts, yoga and pilates, rambling, swimming, keep fit, cycling, cricket, boxing. You will find groups for older people, people with mental health issues, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, homeless people, asylum seekers, refugees. You will find self help and support groups for drugs and alcohol, domestic violence, carers, gay lesbian bisexual and trans people, people with alzheimers, dementia, cancer and other health conditions. You can also plan your care and support and find home care/home support, residential care, nursing care, respite care, lunch clubs and support if you receive an individual budget or direct payment. You can also find details of places of worship whatever your faith, recycling facilities and conservation groups, community centres, Taras, venues for hire, speakers for meetings, private tutors, literacy and numeracy and so much more. You can also find the best care in Sheffield for you (or someone you care for) using the Help Yourself directory. For quality care in Sheffield, you will find local and regional care providers with Sheffield's Recognised Provider List status and Framework Agreement status. You will also find Support Planners to help plan your care and support.

Sheffield Community Information Service, Central Library, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 1XZ,
Tel: 273 4763

The Help Yourself Database is provided on the Internet as part of a joint project between Sheffield Libraries & Information Services, Information School at The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.
Any comments or questions regarding the database should be sent to Heather Baxendale at

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