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  • 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.

  • Young Carers Chill Out Day

    Young Carers Chill Out Day

    Last week we were invited along to a Chill Out activity day, funded by Public Health and provided by Pleasley Vale activity centre.

    The young carers had the opportunity to take part in archery,canoeing, massages, glass painting and a host of other activities.

    The day allowed the young carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities and to have some fun.

    Here are a few photos from the day

  • Help support young carers breaks

    Help support young carers breaks

    One of the ways our young carers team helps to support the young carers in Derbyshire we work with is to organise fun activities for them to get a break from their caring responsibilities.

  • Young Carers in the news

    Young Carers in the news

    One of the young carers that our young carers team support has featured in the Derbyshire Times.

    Excerpt from the article :-

    Helping hand at bathtime and mealtime
    When their dad Shane is at work, Alyssa helps mum to bath and feed the boys. Karena, 29, said: “I can put them in the bath but you can’t dress two children at the same time.”
    Alyssa said: “I like to help mum because the boys get to bed quicker and I get more time with mum. I enjoy the fact that I am helping.”

    To read the article in full follow the link below :-

    Derbyshire Times Article

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