Sabrecat’s charity partner for the 2019/2020 is Sheffield Young Carers (SYC).
Sheffield Young Carers is a charity based in Sheffield which has been running since 1997. They provide support for young carers aged between 8 and 25 who care for one or more family members who have disabilities, long-term physical illnesses, mental health difficulties and/or a problem with drugs or alcohol. SYC assist them by offering one-to-one support, group activities, respite holidays and support with education, employment and training.
This is a cause really close to our hearts and we are delighted to partner with a charity that does such amazing work with incredible young people for the second year running. Our first year supporting SYC was amazing: we were able to get involved with the charity by performing and helping out at their AGM as well as raising awareness during Carers Week (10-16 June). We have so much planned for the upcoming year and we are all really excited to get started with our fundraising! If you see us around university or the city raising money for such a great charity make sure to get involved and give what you can!
Through our bake sales, 24 hour cycle-a-thon and themed trainings we raised around £500 for our 2017/18 charity partner Mind UK. For the 2019/2020 season our target is to surpass this and advance philanthropic efforts. To stay up-to-date on our progress follow our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook where there will be regular updates on how our fundraising is going. Each year we also take part in the annual “Do It For You” day organised by Sheffield Children’s Hospital which gives current and former childhood cancer patients the opportunity to take part in a number of different sports.
Mental health is a huge issue at universities across the country and we aim to help tackle it through getting involved in campaigns to raise awareness around mental health and promoting exercise and wellbeing. For example, we were involved in the Mental Health Foundation’s 2019 body image campaign to encourage a positive self-image. To further this, as well as having social and inclusions secretaries, we introduced a new committee position of Welfare Secretary, currently filled by Moesha Lamptey. This role ensures that if any of our cheerleaders have any concerns either within or externally to cheer Moesha can be a confidential and approachable point of contact. Moesha herself is also supported by the University of Sheffield counselling services to ensure not only can she give the best support but that she is also supported in turn.