Who we are
Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA) support Carers who look after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental ill health or an addiction. The care they give is unpaid.
There are an estimated 96,000 Carers living in Derbyshire with over 26,000 aged over 65. Everyday across the UK 6,000 people become Carers.
What we do
Derbyshire Carers Association deliver a comprehensive support service to Adult and Young Carers throughout Derbyshire. All services are created to support Carers with the practical, physical and emotional impact of care giving. We have formed partnerships with health, statutory and community services to complement our offer and connect Carers with professional and current support.
Carers of all ages can live healthy, fulfilled lives; are identified early and valued; are informed and supported; have an opportunity for a life outside caring; can care safely; can make realistic choices as to whether they wish to be Carers, and can be involved and recognised as experts in consultation and planning. Carers should have the same rights, hopes, expectations and choices as people who are not Carers.
Our mission is to make a positive difference to the lives of local Carers by; increasing public awareness of the Carer’s role, challenging the inequalities unpaid Carers face and offering tailored support that is Carer-driven, professional, compassionate, respectful, inclusive and meets individual need.
Committed to a person-centred approach in all our interactions to provide quality services that reflect the unique circumstances of each individual. We are proud of our work and it is a great privilege to support Carers through many challenging and significant moments. We are always mindful of the trust and confidence invested in us by Carers.
Compassion is at the heart of DCA. We listen, expressing kindness, empathy, understanding, dignity, respect, inclusivity and a selfless, benevolent concern for the wellbeing of unpaid Carers – regardless of their circumstances. We honour and respect peoples differences.
We connect, collaborate and share, recognising the expertise, knowledge and experience of others.
Ensuring that people with lived experience of caring play a pivotal role in shaping our services.
Together we can seek change.
We act with integrity and are accountable and honest about what we do and how we do things. We are open to sharing ideas to best serve and support unpaid Carers.