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Carers Project


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The Roshni Carers Support Service was established in 2006, to provide a specific support service for South Asian Carers who care for someone with a mental health illness. In 2012 the service has developed to support all carers, not just carers of the mentally ill, including a limited service for male carers. It is a citywide service that supports carers through the provision of practical and emotional support, carers group sessions, training, information workshops, events and activities.

Highlights of our service
Our aim is to relieve some of the stress carers may feel and to provide support for them to undertake their role. Thus for example, in the year 2011 - 2012 we have worked with carers to increase their awareness on the different types of mental illness, the symptoms and treatments. Mental Illness is a taboo subject within the Asian community and needs to be addressed to ensure that people get the right help at the right time. By providing this awareness, the service has helped carers to identify how better to respond to the cared for person and have a better understanding of how their illness is affecting them.

Over the years we have developed an effective model of engagement, support and development of carers from the Asian community. In 2012 Roshni took the lead in organising a conference for BME carers in Sheffield. The event brought together national experts in the field of caring as well as the expertise of local BME carers organisations from Sheffield. The aim was to share knowledge and learning from working with respective BME communities and to highlight some of the challenges carers are continuing to face in the City. Dalveer Kaur from Carers UK and Nita Devabhai from the Afiya Trust presented the work that they had undertaken with carers. We then had an opportunity to listen to some first hand experiences of carers, followed by a series of workshops that sought to address the issues raised.

New developments
Due to changes in funding streams, in 2012 we have opened up our carers service to all South Asian carers caring for an adult. This means the sad loss of existing staff, however, it opens up opportunities to work with not only carers of adults with a mental illness but carers of adults with a learning disability, dementia, physical and sensory disabilities, drug or alcohol abusers and carers of the elderly. We are now also accepting referrals from male carers who can access some of our services. We are part of a consortium of providers called the “Carers In Sheffield” – an integrated service of 7 organisations providing a network of longer term support activities for carers across Sheffield.

Our current service
We are here to support all South Asian carers from Sheffield, who are caring for an adult.

Our service includes:
Registering the carers with Sheffield Carers Service so that carers can benefit from the whole range of services offered through them. This service is open to male and female carers.

Weekly women-only peer-support group sessions and advocacy drop-in sessions organised by Roshni staff, to provided a culturally sensitive environment, facilitated by bi-lingual workers who speak Urdu, Punjabi and Bengali.

Monthly women-only group sessions organised at Roshni and North Day Centre.

Anyone (including male carers) can make a referral by contacting Roshni.

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