Full time students are not eligible for caring related benefits (Carer's allowance) but you should always approach the University financial support team if you are struggling with money. Send them an email email@example.com or ring them 0114 222 1319, or go into SSiD on Level 3 of the Students' Union. They tailor financial support and will be sympathetic to your situation, whatever that may be. All information is kept confidential and your academic department won't be told.
Any student at the University of Sheffield who cares for a friend, partner or family, who has physical or mental health issues, a disability or problems with drugs or alcohol and couldn't cope without this help.
Problems that can arise when you have caring responsibilities include…
- Financial worries
- Difficulty socialising
- Travelling or commuting
- Your own physical and mental health
- Meeting academic deadlines
Any of the Student Advice Centre advisers can help you with where to go for any of the above issues or combination of several!
If you are aged 18-25, Sheffield Young Carers are an organisation that can provide support for you locally with one to one meetings with their trained staff and advice from experts on caring responsibilities.
If you are a parent who cares for a child with specific needs, Sheffield Parent Carer Forum are a local charity that bring together a pool of knowledge, newsletters, fun days out and more! They are the largest parent-led network of families with disabled children in Sheffield and membership is free. Sheffield Carers Centre offer support to any other adult – a partner, adult child, parent, grandparent or friend (this could be for a long term illness such as MS or dementia, or could be short term perhaps such as cancer, or a mental illness).
A website called Carewell was set up to provide a forum for carers and resources and support targeted at the health and wellbeing of the person with caring responsibilities.
"A community developed with the help of carers, for carers"
A further useful resource for carers is provided by Which.
Nationally, there are several big organisations campaigning for a better life for carers, supporting them and raising awareness: