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  • Young Carers Awareness Day 2019

    Young Carers Awareness Day 2019

    Young Carers Awareness Day

    Each year Carers Trust organises a national Young Carers Awareness Day. This year the day will take place on Thursday 31 January 2019.

    The purpose of the day is to raise public awareness of the challenges faced by young people because of their caring role, and to campaign for greater support for young carers and their needs.
    The theme for this year is Young Carers mental health.

    Here at Derbyshire Carers Association we provide the Young Carers Service for young carers across the county of Derbyshire.

    Who are young carers?

    A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

    How many young carers are there?

    There are 800,000 secondary school pupils in England with a caring role.
    This means there are six young carers in every secondary school classroom.

    What might a Young Carer do?

    • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework or shopping.
    • Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.
    • Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed.
    • Personal care, such as helping someone dress.
    • Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
    • Helping to give medicine.
    • Helping someone communicate.
    • Looking after brothers and sisters.

    As part of our work with Young Carers we recently had the Young Carers we support take part in a music project.
    This project was a series of workshops where the Young Carers wrote, recorded and produced their own song, they also have made a video for this song.
    To celebrate Young Carers Awareness Day, the group will be interviewed on local radio. You can hear them on the radio and maybe catch their song being played on the following shows on Thursday 31st January.
    BBC Radio Derby – Sally Pepper show between 9am and 12pm
    • Amber Sound – Trevor Middleton show around 7.15pm

    Support for Young Carers

    You can find out more about the support we offer for Young Carers by following the link below

    Click here…

    Some photos of the music project

  • Young Carers at Chatsworth

    Young Carers at Chatsworth

    Recently we took some of the Young Carers we support to Chatsworth for the day to see the Christmas market and to see the wonderful displays inside the house and gardens.

    They has a wonderful day and enjoyed their break away from their Caring responsibilities.

  • Young Carers Music Project

    Young Carers Music Project

    Our young carers music project (phase 1) got underway recently, at Hearing help in Ripley.

    Our Amber Valley young carers project was kindly funded by Public Health, Amber Valley Locality Fund.

    Our young carers spent 2 days with professional music teachers and musicians (phase 1) and have now written the song and music, ready for phase 2 of the project, which entails the young carers having a day in a recording studio with the Derby Rock Choir.

    Phase 3 will see them be producing a music video to accompany the song and a documentary .

    Phase 4 will be an evening launch event with the Rock Choir to showcase the wonderful work, where we hope to raise finds to be able to continue similar projects like this for more of our young carers across the county.

    Phase 5 Will be the promotion of this project, hopefully being aired on local radio stations, local tv, publicised on “you tube”, and sold on itunes.

    Phase 6 – The skies the limit!!!

  • Young Carers in the news

    Young Carers in the news

    Young Carers have become a major discussion point in the main stream media and there have been several articles in the media over the last week, here are some of those articles.

    A BBC study suggests the number of children acting as carers at home is rising. They asked the Children’s Commissioner why…

    Hundreds of thousands of children across England are caring for an adult. Many make sacrifices and miss out on parts of their childhood because they are desperate to help a parent who is sick or disabled. This is the story of Katie and her mother Charlotte

  • Young Carers Let off Steam

    Young Carers Let off Steam

    The Young Carers we support were treated to a session at Fitness Factory Chesterfield, they had a wonderful time and by the looks of the photos gave the trainers a run for their money.

  • Young Carers School Award

    Young Carers School Award

    On Wednesday 13th June, Derbyshire Carers Association presented Ripley Junior School with their Level 2 Derbyshire Young Carers School Award.

    They are the first school in the county to achieve this award and have done brilliantly developing their practice and policy for identifying and supporting Young Carers.

    A huge congratulations to them all.

    In the photograph are, Jen Clarke (Headteacher), Helen Yates (DCA School Liaison Worker)
    , Mrs Woodward (Deputy Headteacher), David Heald (Senior School Improvement Advisor DCC)

  • Young Carers University Trip

    Young Carers University Trip

    Earlier this week the Young Carers we support went on a day trip to Nottingham University.

    The purpose of the trip was to show them what the University has to offer them.

    The trip was also a chance for the University to explain to the Young Carers how they will be supported as Carers if they choose to go to University.

  • Young Persons Creative Writing Competition

    Young Persons Creative Writing Competition

    Calling all young creative writers, if you are under 18 DCA want you to get creative writing!

    We would love to read your poems, stories, songs or letters telling us all about the things and people you care about.

    Be imaginative, creative, factual, argumentative, persuasive… any style goes!

    Email your entries to us at or post them to Derbyshire Young Carers, 3 Park Road, Ripley, DE5 3EF by Monday 2nd July 2018.

    Please include your name, age and contact details so we can get in touch to award prizes!

    Winners will be announced by Monday 16th July 2018 with prizes delivered to you soon afterwards.

  • Young Carers First Aid Training

    Young Carers First Aid Training

    Today the Young Carers we support came to our head office to take part in some First Aid training we put on for them.

    This valuable training will help them in their caring role and be a good life skill for them to have.

  • Schools Liaison worker

    Schools Liaison worker

    It’s been a busy few months for school liaison. Since September I have been introducing the Young Carers Service to schools across the county. Focused work has begun in Amber Valley, with over twenty schools engaging with the service. Schools have had awareness raising assemblies for their pupils, telling all the children about young carers and how important they are to their families.

    Staff in many schools have received training and support in how to identify and support young carers in their schools. This has led to an increase in the number of young carers being identified and referred to the young carers service, with many schools identifying several young carers.

    The next targeted area is South Derbyshire, with focused work beginning here over the next few months. One of our High Peak workers is starting to raise awareness of young carers by visiting secondary schools in the High Peak area.

    Head teachers in all schools across the county are being sent a bulletin, detailing the work we’ve been doing with young carers and the support that they are able to access. I am also attending governors’ briefings during March, to continue to spread the message widely.

    Links have been made with the Education Psychology team, and with the Locality Children’s Partnership teams, making sure that different services working with children across the county are aware of the service and how best to support young carers.

    In association with Derbyshire County Council we are now launching our Young Carers School Award, which is available to all schools across Derbyshire. It details a set of standards, demonstrating good practice in supporting young carers in schools. This will offer our schools recognition for the great work that they are doing for young carers. Schools will be given support to meet the standards and will be revisited regularly to help them to maintain and build on the work that they are doing.

    If you are interested in finding out more about the School Liaison Service, please contact Helen Yates at or 01773 833 833.

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