Blog Archive

Welcome to the blog archive of Derbyshire Carers Association

  • Dementia Action Week 21st May to 27th May 2018

    Dementia Action Week 21st May to 27th May 2018

    People will have the chance to learn more about dementia and local support services as Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council and a range of key partners put on events for Dementia Action Week 2018.

    Running from Monday, 21 May to Sunday, 27 May the week will include Dementia Friends Sessions, where people can get training and support to create dementia-friendly communities, Q&A sessions, information events and a memory market place.

    By working with partner organisations, the county council and city council are raising awareness of dementia and the support services available across Derbyshire.

    It’s vital that people with dementia, their friends, families and carers know that there is support and advice available for them and where to go to get it.

    Dementia is a growing issue around the country, but especially in Derbyshire where we have an ageing population.

    To find out more about the events taking place during Dementia Action Week go to:

    Dementia Action Week

  • Stroll and roll walks

    Stroll and roll walks

    We will be rolling out more walks with Derbyshire carers very soon !!!!

    In the meantime here are some more walks with Walking for Health which are accessible for carers and cared for.

    Please note that the cared for need to be supported as walking for health are not able to support individuals.

    To find out more click here …

  • Study into Carers with chronic lower back pain

    Study into Carers with chronic lower back pain

    Mia an undergraduate psychology student at the the University of Derby is doing a study with unpaid carers who have chronic lower back pain into how it affects them, their caring duties and their quality of life.

    The findings of the study will help DCA shape future services.

    To find out more about the study or if you are a carer who wants to get involved see the following website…

  • Adult Care Brokerage Service

    Adult Care Brokerage Service

    Derbyshire County Council has an adult care brokerage service.

    Their service will find information about different service providers and other resources that may be relevant to you.

    For example they might get you information on agencies that provide help with personal care and activities of daily living.

    The brokers will match your choices and preferences to service providers.

    For more information and to get help visit the DCC website.

  • 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 helen.yates@derbyshirecarers.co.uk or 01773 833 833.

  • Carers Connect Amber Valley Launch

    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 15th March 10am – 4pm.

  • Have you heard about the Walk a Mile in My Shoes Project?

    Have you heard about the Walk a Mile in My Shoes Project?

    Have you heard about the Walk a Mile in My Shoes Project?

    Derbyshire County Council and staff from partner organisations have been speaking to local carers who volunteered to make audio recordings of their carer journeys, in their own words.

    The idea behind sharing the stories is to give people who’ve never been a carer (including professionals and trainees) a real flavour of what it’s really like to look after someone – the good bits, the challenges, the things people don’t realise etc.

    The project will be launched during Carers Week in June but there’s still time to get involved and DCC would like to record as many different stories as possible.

    Find out more plus how to get involved…

  • Free First Aid Training for carers at Hilton, South Derbyshire

    Free First Aid Training for carers at Hilton, South Derbyshire

    Tuesday 12th June 9.30—11.45am

    Wellbrook Medical Centre, Wellend Road, Hilton DE65 5GZ

    The course delivered by Paramedical First Aid Training will cover:

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

  • Free First Aid Training for carers at Duffield, Belper

    Free First Aid Training for carers at Duffield, Belper

    Attendance required at both to complete the course
    Wednesday 4th April and Wednesday 6th June
    1pm — 2.30pm

    Appletree Medical Centre,
    47a Town Street, Duffield,
    Belper, DE56 5DH
    The course delivered by Paramedical First Aid Training will cover:

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

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