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About Beacon South Yorkshire

Beacon South Yorkshire are dedicated to supporting carers across South Yorkshire through physical and emotional support sessions that allow them to carry on caring.

Over 20 years of supporting carers across South Yorkshire

Established in 2000, Beacon South Yorkshire provides a range of services supporting carers across South Yorkshire who are caring for people with substance misuse, disabilities, mental health, dementia, or who are elderly.

Our focus is to support caregivers. We aim to help them to cope with the competing demands on their time, as well as managing their own well being, so they can do a better job of looking after their cared-for significant others, family member or friend. We achieve this through a diverse range of services.

Here's how we can support you

From drop-in sessions, telephone support to group sessions and activities, we’re here to support you.

Ways we can support you

From drop-in sessions, telephone support to group sessions and activities, we’re here to support you.

Our dedicated team

Our team is made up of dedicated individuals who genuinely strive to provide the very best care and support.


Lynda McDermott

Funding & Services Manager

Lynda joined BeaconSY as a volunteer in 2005 and trained as a support worker. In 2012 she was appointed Development Manager and, following a restructure in 2016, was appointed Funding & Services Manager. Lynda has considerable experience of caring around addiction, mental health issues and dementia.


Kerry Lawton

Rotherham Development Manager

Kerry started volunteering with BeaconSY in 2012, having come into contact with us through her own experience of caring for a family member with addiction. Wanting to use her experience to help others Kerry initially trained as a Support Worker and was recently appointed as the development manager for BeaconSY's Rotherham branch.


Christine Key


When I was a carer for my parents over many years I wanted to find out all I could to help me. I joined several carer forums, where I discovered Beacon South Yorkshire, I also attended complementary therapy sessions. I was asked to join the Board of Trustees as I had gained a lot of knowledge from the forums I was involved with and this year I was asked to become Chair of the Trustee Board. I am delighted to be able to support this excellent service.


Sandra Cross


Like many of our team, Sandra first came in to contact with BeaconSY when she was looking for support while dealing with the challenges of being a carer. After some time Sandra decided to join the team and currently helps with managing our finances.


Abigail Fearns

Counselling Lead

I originally came to Beacon as a counselling student and fell in love with the warm inspiring environment and never left. Since qualifying as a counsellor I have now been appointed as Counselling Lead overseeing the counselling service, allowing students the chance to experience what I did all those years ago.


Diane Grummett


I became a trustee at Beacon South Yorkshire because I wanted to make a difference to all of our wonderful carers who look after all kinds of people with addictions and issues. Beacon was my ray of hope, kindness and sanctuary at a difficult time in my life. The love, support and help these wonderful people gave me was unconditional and without judgement. They are wonderful and are not just friends but my family. They saved me at my lowest ebb and I will never be able to repay them. Beacon South Yorkshire, you are amazing.


Shiela Owen


Having personal experience of caring for a loved one with dementia, Sheila was one of the original trustee board members who worked with the BeaconSY founder in response to a perceived gap in services to support carers to cope. Having served for many years as Company Secretary, Sheila is now a trustee.

Some lovely feedback

We’re always thrilled to hear positive feedback on how we’ve helped so many different carers in their caring roles and enable them to carry on. If you’d like to share your experience of the service and support that we’ve provided, please send your message to

“To Beacon,

OMG, I feel so empowered were the words I wrote in my diary following my first face to face at Beacon.

After years of carrying pain silently & quietly, I felt released from all the chains and shackles of my life.

Of course, euphoria is fleeting & the hard work of forgiveness of myself, acceptance of the past loom ahead & have yet to be achieved. For each positive step, there is at times a word, a sentence, some small thing that can bring back the pain & make me feel a failure again & takes me backwards.

But after one such recent occurrence, one of the many angels in disguise at Beacon, said to me “How you feel is proof you’re learning, you are moving forward – its part of the process”

Experiences like this humble me & make me feel so very grateful that Beacon is there for me – without judgement without expectation it’s simply there.

I have embraced my good fortune by attending Mindfulness & Yoga regularly I’ve been given the tools of these wonderful aids to help me heal myself.

I have met so many other people – pain, anxiety, and stress are a mutual component unspoken but present.

To meet these people talk with them feel pain with them and laugh with them is such an enormous gift that keeps on giving. So many folks would be helpless in the sea of life were it not for Beacon.

I look forward to being able to give back in some way when I feel well and have conquered my many demons, small words – Thank You – but never more sincerely uttered.”

– Mrs S

I would like everyone in the organisation to know how much I appreciate my food bags once a week. These have really helped me in my time of need.
Mr D
Thank you for making me welcome, for the love and support I feel each time I’ve been there. For helping me to be so at ease that I can cry as quickly as I can laugh and know I’m not being judged. For the camaraderie and sincere friendship, I have found. For the wonderful yoga lessons that let us all be ourselves and truly relax. Thank You.Thank you again.
Mrs N
I would like to thank Lynda, Kerry and the team at Beacon for the Stepping Stones carers course yesterday (26th February). It was informative but relaxing as well and I felt at ease being able to talk about my situation. It’s so reassuring there are others out there going through similar situations. Thank you again.
Mrs N
I only visited once a few years ago but June made me so welcome that I walked away feeling on top of the world although I went in feeling at rock bottom. I’ve still got the bear she gave me. I will need them again I think because sadly things have gone bad again.
Mrs B
I am so glad I rang that buzzer the first time I came to Beacon I was so nervous but felt so low. My support worker was easy to talk to and helped me relax. As the weeks went on I felt a change in my self. I felt my self-get stronger and began to feel in control. I started to smile again.
Miss C
It’s good that there is a place like Beacon for somewhere to go where I don’t feel alone. Coming to Beacon is like my escape time and I feel like I can be me again.
Mrs P
I am so glad I found Beacon support group. I feel like I matter, the staff are so friendly and welcoming.
Mr A
Going to Beacon was a turning point for me, I met some great people and really enjoyed Stepping Stones. It helped me see things clearer and I stopped feeling the guilt and began to take back control of my life.
Mr B
We are all one big family at Beacon, that’s how I see it as everyone is so close and understanding. We are all going through the same type of situation. We help one and other.
Mrs S
Isn't it funny that all of us were in a trying or difficult places when we got together and even before we started meditation we were able to talk openly to each other with no fear of criticism or judgement. What a place Beacon is.
I really enjoyed the course and was glad I attended as I was mentally and psychically drained and it gave me information on my physical and mental well being and how to handle situations. I have now been able to make changes to my everyday life
Mrs W
I would definitely recommend Beacon South Yorkshire. To be honest I don't know how I would have got through the worst period of my life without you
Miss K
'Over the years I have worked with many different organisations, out of all of them Beacon has given me the most support. I cannot thank you enough'
Mrs F

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