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  • ! The ‘North Derbyshire Mental Health Carers Forum’ cancelled !

    ! The ‘North Derbyshire Mental Health Carers Forum’  cancelled !

    ! The ‘North Derbyshire Mental Health Carers Forum’ meeting has been cancelled today due to the weather conditions. !

  • 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

  • Free TV Licence if your 75 or older

    Free TV Licence if your 75 or older

    Did you know that if you or the person you care for is 75 or over then you are entitled to a free TV Licence.

    You will not automatically receive one when you turn 75, so you will have to apply for it.

    It covers you as well as anyone you live with.

    To find out more and to apply for one check out the TV Licencing website…

  • 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

  • Mental Health Carers Art Group - Chesterfield (Not DCA facilitated)

    Mental Health Carers Art Group - Chesterfield (Not DCA facilitated)

    Meets every Friday, 10.30am – 12.30pm.

    Chesterfield Labour Club, Saltergate, Chesterfield.

    It’s a small group, all materials provided, refreshments too.

    There’s painting, drawing and, of course, we draw on our experiences as Carers.

    There’s no stress, no competition.

    Every encouragement is given for Carers to find that talent they don’t know they have.

    We learn from each other in a friendly environment. Enthusiasm is all that’s needed!

  • Information and Advice

    Information and Advice

    Derbyshire Carers Association will be having information stands for carers in Ashbourne and Bolsover over the next two weeks, drop by to see what services and support may be available to you.

  • Free Manual Handling and First Aid Training in the Glossop and High Peak areas

    Free Manual Handling and First Aid Training  in the Glossop and High Peak areas

    Here are the dates and venues for our Free Manual Handling and First Aid training for carers in the Glossop and High Peak areas.

    First Aid training will be delivered by Paramedical First Aid Training will cover:

    Safety ● Recovery Position Choking ● CPR ● Wounds ● Assessing for breathing

    Manual handling training will help support anyone who has physical caring responsibilities for a loved one. This course is specifically designed for the needs of Carers.

    For more information or to book your place contact Jo Askew on 01773 833 833

  • New Carers Connect Amber Valley Launch

    New Carers Connect Amber Valley Launch

    Here at DCA we are excited to be launching a new drop in and support service for carers in Amber Valley.

    Come along to our launch day on Thursday 1st March 10am – 4pm.

    Belper Baptist Church,Bridge street, Belper, DE561AZ

    Drop in, have a coffee, and have your say on shaping this group going forward.

    On the launch day there will be creative activities and a range of other agencies that can give you information on help available.

    Future sessions will be running monthly on
    the 1st and 3rd Thursdays 1pm—4pm

    For more information contact our head office on 01773 833833

  • Carer Community Group Chesterfield

    Carer Community Group Chesterfield

    The Carer Community Group gives carers the opportunity to meet others with a care role in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Speakers from a range of services also attend throughout the year.

    Monkey Park Café, 128A Chester Street,Chesterfield S40 1BF

    2nd Wednesday of every month 2pm to 3.30pm

    Wednesday 14th February 2pm – 2.30pm
    Guest Speaker Rebecca Cowley, Carer Liaison Officer for Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
    Rebecca will be coming along for a short talk about her new role and how it benefits carers. This includes:
    • Information and advice about their caring worries and concerns
    • Support during meetings with hospital staff
    • Liaising with hospital staff on their behalf
    • Referral on for support within the community

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