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  • Derwent stories Butterflies, Bumbles and Picnics

    Derwent stories Butterflies, Bumbles and Picnics

    Umbrella Derby and Derbyshire are putting on this fabulous event for families with children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability.

    Derwent stories Butterflies, Bumbles and Picnics

    Date: Monday 6th August 2018, Darley Park, Derby, 11am – 4pm, so choose a time within that and come and join them. Activities will happen as people are ready for them (see below) – latest time for new arrivals is 3pm
    How to find them: they are aiming to base themselves in the Butterfly Garden or on the lawns hear the Café so head for the Darley Abbey Park Tearooms. For parking, try the car park on Darley St, DE22 1DX
    Cost: the event is free, access to the Park is free and car parking at Darley St is free
    Access: the site has good paths, short grass and some slopes and overall movement is easy
    Booking: no booking necessary, just drop by and join in

    Their plan is for a relaxed day looking at the flowers and insects of the Park. There will be a bumble and butterfly survey to try. You can listen to wildlife stories and add your own, and help them make up some completely new ones. There will be wildlife wanders and chances to draw, sketch, scribble and print the animals and plants we find.

    Bring a picnic to extend your visit and enjoy open spaces, old trees and room to run and roll

    Like all the Derwent Stories events, “Butterflies, bumbles and picnics” is open to anyone but is planned for and structured around families including children with additional needs

    Fiona Ross
    Information, Advice and Family Support Worker
    Umbrella Derby and Derbyshire
    Phone: 01332 785658


  • Free Manual Handling Training Glossop

    Free Manual Handling Training Glossop

    Our next free manual handling training for Carers will be in Glossop

    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.

    Tuesday 14th August


    Glossop Volunteer Bureau, Bank House, 22 Henry Street, SK13 8BW

  • Family carers propping up the care system – and paying the price

    Family carers propping up the care system – and paying the price

    New research today reveals the growth in the number of people caring for elderly relatives – and the price they pay for caring.

  • Carers in Employment Launch

    Carers in Employment Launch

    Carers in employment
    •Nearly one in eight workers is a Carer
    •One in five carers gives up employment to care

    Today see’s the launch of DCA’s Carers in employment initiative at Mercia Marina, Willington where employers from across the region have come together to see how as employers they can better support their staff who are also unpaid Carers outside the work place.

    There are more than three million people who currently have work and family caring responsibilities within the UK. It is approximated that 1 in 9 of a workforce in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire has unpaid caring responsibilities at any one time. Giving them support to manage unpaid caring alongside their paid work would benefit them, their families and their employer. This work results in British businesses and the UK economy potentially saving up to £1.3 billion a year. (

    DCA have teamed up with The University of Derby, Learn Direct and the Chamber of Commerce and other major employers and SME’s to help small and medium enterprises support the Carers employed by them. Supporting Carers in Employment will help valued, trained team members to continue in employment and achieve a realistic work/life balance.

    Employers will be invited to sign a pledge to show their commitment to Carers within their service.
    Employers who sign the Pledge will benefit from free training, resources and ongoing support from DCA. Areas of support will be, but not limited to new company policy covering the new rights for Carers in employment, working and caring and support available within the wider community for Carers.

    Scott Knowles, Chief Executive, East Midlands Chamber
    “Where possible, carers should be encouraged to remain in work and encouraged to progress their careers. Employers should be encouraged to develop flexibility to ensure carers can care and still be valued in their workplace. That is what Carers in Employment is trying to achieve and that is why the Chamber is happy to support it”.

    “The majority of carers are of working age and the peak age for caring (50 – 64) often coincides with the peak of an individual’s career. One in five people in this age bracket are carers, including one in four women and one in six men”. (Census, 2011)”

    Narinder Sharma, Chief Executive, DCA
    “We are delighted that the Local Enterprise Partnership is making a commitment to workers who are bearing the strain of caring for a loved one. We will help local employers help their employees. It makes business sense for employers to retain their most skilled workers who are juggling with caring issues and work”.

    For more information call DCA on 01773 833 833 or email

  • Tuesday weekly Very Easy Dementia Friendly Walks

    Tuesday weekly Very Easy Dementia Friendly Walks

    Tuesday weekly Very Easy Dementia Friendly Walks
    Derbyshire Carers, The Peak District National Park, Making Space and Derbyshire Dales Walking for Health are working together to put on regular walks.

    These walks will enable those living with dementia and carers supporting loved ones to enjoy gentle exercise, good company and the great outdoors. We guarantee a warm welcome and a programme of walks designed specifically for you at your pace (30 – 60 mins) If you need someone to support you, please don’t come on your own as unfortunately we can’t offer any additional support.

    Calver (by Church and Bridge Inn) Calver Bridge, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S32 3XA a walk alongside the river* unsuitable for wheelchairs meet 2.00pm on 3 July, 7 Aug, 4 Sept

    Whitworth Centre car park, Dale Rd N, Darley Dale, Matlock DE4 2EQ
    a walk in Whitworth Park and linked cycle tracks meet 2.00pm 10 July, 14 Aug, 11 Sept

    Hassop Station, Hassop Station, Hassop, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1NW
    a short walk along the Monsal Trail meet 2.00pm 17 July, 21 Aug, 18 Sept

    Whitworth Centre car park, Dale Rd N, Darley Dale, Matlock DE4 2EQ
    a walk in Whitworth Park and linked cycle tracks meet 11.00am 24 July, 28 Aug, 25 Sept

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