Your Local Kidney Charity Run By Patients For The Direct Benefit of Patients



SAKA is a registered charity, number 506386.




Saka is a member of the NKF so don't feel isolated, give them a call






Various organisations are asking people with long term health conditions and/or their partners and carers to help with research by taking part in a survey. See the News Page for details of the following:


Kidney Research UK: Questionnaire on the emotional impact of living with kidney disease.


Healthwatch Sheffield: Survey about expereinces of shielding during the coronavirus pandemic


University of Huddersfield: Survey on Experiences, Concerns and Support Needs of People Who are/were ‘Shielding’ due to Covid-19 and their Family Members


To take part in any of these surveys, see the News Page.






NKF (National Kidney Federation) have the latest news and advice for kidney patients on their website.



Locally, there are several organisations offering help and support:


AGE UK Sheffield will be running a food delivery service for vulnerable people who are self isolating. Basic packages of food essentials will be provided free of charge (but donations are welcome)

Phone: 0114 250 2850   or email



CovidMutualAid have a network of Mutual Aid Groups run by volunteers.

Enter your town/city or postcode on the following website to find your nearest Group:



Voluntary Action Sheffield have a list of organisations offering help and support:



lLocal Councils are also offering help and support and it is worth checking their websites for regular updates:


Sheffield City Council have a community reponse helpline for Sheffield residents with any queries related to coronavirus. This is open 8.45 a.m. to 4.45 p.m. Monday to Friday :  

0114 273 4567

Click here for website


Rotherham Borough Council: Click here for website

Emergency helpline for immediate help: 01709 807319




Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council: Click here for website


Chesterfield Borough Council: Click here for website








SAKA was formed in 1976 to help kidney patients and their families cope with kidney failure and to help fund research into kidney disease. 
100% of all funds raised by SAKA are for the benefit of renal patients who are cared for by the Sheffield Kidney institute. We are the ONLY local kidney charity run by patients that provides grants and support direct to patients and their families


We help renal patients directly by providing financial support for the following:
* To purchase essential items when times are hard

* To meet certain holiday treatment costs for dialysis patients

* To meet visitors’ travel costs when patients are hospitalised

* We part-fund our Sheffield Team members at the British and World Transplant Games


* We support research at the Sheffield Kidney Institute (SKI)

We also:

* Represent Patients’ views directly to the Renal Directorate Management Team


* Support the National Kidney Federation (NKF) to provide Patient Information Leaflets and  a Free Helpline



We have set up a new Facebook Group:


We are looking for patients (and family members/ carers etc) who attend the Sheffield Unit or its satellites.
We have started a small confidential group to discuss Sheffield and also share news and information based upon Sheffield. It is clear during the COVID outbreak information is different from other units and it can get confusing. We would like the input of as many people as possible so that we can get a clear picture of what is happening during this crisis.


 Click here to visit / join the Group.




To read the Summer 2020 edition of Kidney Life, the magazine produced by the National Kidney Federation please click here.


To download the latest In Touch Newsletter click the link below

In Touch June 2020
Newsletter from NKF
NKF June 2020 In Touch Newsletter[48040][...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.6 MB]



SAKA is funding information and advice sessions on benefits for renal patients. These are available at the NGH Renal Unit and at Heeley Satellite Unit


See News page for more details.




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