Beacon South Yorkshire

Supporting people across South Yorkshire with the impact of caring

About Us

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

Our focus is to support care givers. 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 including:

Our services are delivered through a team of trained volunteers, many of whom have had personal experience of the challenges facing carers.

  • One to one support sessions
  • Training
  • Complementary therapies
  • One to one Counselling sessions
  • Social events / Respite
  • Monthly coffee mornings
  • Support and beauty therapies
  • Drop in sessions Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30am till 1:30pm
  • Telephone support
  • Other group activities.
  • Group support sessions

We have two unique programmes to help you on your journey

stepping stones

Stepping Stones Programme

The Stepping Stones programme is a one day course in a group setting. This course will allow the carer to explore and identify areas of their own lives that can be improved.

Beacon Support

Next Steps Programme

The Next Phase Programme is to prepare carers who wish to move on into volunteering/further education/paid work to integrate back into their community

Meet the Team


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 and dementia.


Kerry Lawton

Senior Support Worker

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 a BeaconSY Senior Support Worker.


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 Chair of the trustee board.


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.


Beth Horsley


Beth joined a volunteer in 2016. Beth helps staff with administration tasks and fundraising..