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  • Falls Prevention

    Falls Prevention

    Falls Prevention Information and Advice Event

    Tuesday 6th November 2018 11 am – 3 pm

    Richmond Village Aston on Trent and Age UK Derby and Derbyshire invite
    you to join them for a FREE Falls Prevention Information and Advice event. Find
    out more about preventing falls and staying healthy and active this winter.

     Speak to professionals from a range of different services and
    organisations for advice and information
     Learn about the latest services and products supporting healthy living
    and falls prevention
     Come along to talks from professionals throughout the day
     At 1.30 pm, join them for a FREE taster exercise session in their stunning
    Wellness Spa, to learn more about strength and balance exercises that
    can help prevent falls and support staying active this winter

    For more information contact Rosalind Nicklin
    T: 01332 794306

    Richmond Village Aston on Trent, Richmond Drive, Aston on Trent, Derbyshire, DE72 2EA

  • Towards Work Program

    Towards Work Program

    Towards Work is a strand of the Building Better Opportunities programme, which is jointly funded by the Big Lottery and ESF and aims to remove barriers around employment and skills. It is a programme that can support people who are either unemployed or economically inactive.

    They have capacity to support individuals across Amber Valley who might have barriers to accessing education, training and employment. Towards Work provides bespoke one-to-one support to people to help overcome their barriers and achieve their goals. Support can be offered for up to 12 months and can also support people in work for 3 months. They can work with people from the aged of 16 (or 15 years if NEET or at risk of being NEET) and there is no upper age limit.

    Barriers might be mental or physical health, a low or changing skills set, or could be things like transport or childcare for example.

    To see how this programme has helped others, or to make a referral, please visit the Towards Work website

    If you or your organisation works with individuals who you think would benefit from this support, please either let them know about the programme, or refer them with their consent using the referral form on the Towards Work website.

    If you would like to discuss this or other links that they could make to strengthen referral pathways across Amber Valley, please contact Rosie Morton, Derbyshire Stakeholder Manager by
    or by
    telephone: 07850503171

  • Petition for Companions Bus Pass

    Petition for Companions Bus Pass

    You might be interested in this petition on Derbyshire County Councils website to allow for a disabled person to apply for a companion bus pass in Derbyshire as is in neighboring counties.

    Find out more here ….

  • Success of One Year Celebration Event

    Success of One Year Celebration Event

    Friday 21st September saw the successful celebration of one year in our Adult Carers contract and the Young carers contract.

    A variety of agencies attended to give information and advice to Carers, and to network with each other to help support carers better.

    Carers were treated to free pampering therapy sessions and some delicious cake.

    Year One Report

  • 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

  • Derbyshire Healthcare Who Cares Newsletter October 2018

    Derbyshire Healthcare Who Cares Newsletter October 2018

    Derbyshire Healthcare have published the autumn edition of their Who Cares? Newsletter.

    You can read the newsletter online here.

    It has lots of information for carers, including forums, advice lines, upcoming events etc.

  • New Forum for carers and people with learning disability – The Independent Living Action Group

    New Forum for carers and people with learning disability – The Independent Living Action Group

    In August the first meeting of a tentative new forum met in Long Eaton.

    Back in the spring a carer approached me with an idea for a group that would promote good ways of supporting independent living, encourage best practice and monitor service systems already in place.

    This new group’s inaugural meeting was attended by a dozen people which included people with learning disability’s, family carers and voluntary sector organisations.

    Our intention is that the group will have a practical focus and that problems that crop us with regard to developing or maintaining independent living for people who have learning disability can be identified at grass-roots and solutions proposed.

    In this way members of the group can achieve a sense of “ownership” and effective involvement in problem solving and development of independence.

    It was agreed that we would meet again and extend an invitation to carers and people with learning difficulties who have an interest in the issues we are concerned with.

    The next meeting is on Wednesday October 3rd from 11.00 am – 12.30 pm at the Happyivale club at Tamworth Rd., Long Eaton, post code NG103JS.

    For further details please contact Peter Dawson – Learning Disability Engagement Worker, email address: or on 01773 833 833

  • Moving on from Caring - A Programme for Carers and Parents

    Moving on from Caring - A Programme for Carers and Parents

    What is the programme? This flexible programme will support you to learn new skills, gain qualifications and get valuable experience that will help you to take the next step in work and life. It’s been developed with carers and parents in mind, ensuring you can learn at times and locations that suit you.

    The programme is available across Derbyshire, Derby city, Nottinghamshire and Nottingham city. It is being managed by local councils’ adult education departments in partnership with Education & Skills Funding Agency and Inspire.

    Who is this programme for? If you are a carer (caring for a child, friend or relative), you are eligible for the programme.

    What qualifications will I get and what will I learn? You will work with your personal mentor to plan a programme that works for you. You will work towards an employability qualification, choosing units that you would like to learn about.

    Choose from:
    •Functional Skills Maths, English or ICT
    •Employability Skills Level 2
    •Work Experience
    •First Aid at Work Level 3
    •Highfields Food Safety Level 2

    How and when will I learn? The programme is designed to fit around you. You will be able to learn from the convenience of your own home, through your computer. If you don’t have a computer, don’t worry – you can borrow a laptop. You can also attend optional group learning, that will help you take your learning to the next level.

    How long will it last? The programme will usually last anywhere between 3 and 6 months.

    What support will I get? There is a bursary fund available to support your caring responsibilities. You can also borrow a laptop if you don’t currently have access to one. You’ll get ongoing support from your mentor.

    Tell me more about the work experience…
    If you have a certain career path in mind, your tutor will find a work placement for you. This could be a long-term placement or a short-term taster, working with local employers to provide you with this opportunity.

    What can I do after the course? On completion of the course you will have a thirst for learning. There are strong links with local adult education providers who provide, for example:
    •Diploma in Health and Social Care
    •Diploma in Childcare and Early Years Care
    •Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
    •Diploma to become a qualified teacher
    •Access to University courses

    How can I find out more information? Nottinghamshire: 01623 476830 Nottingham: 01158 764784 Derbyshire: 01629 533225 Derby City: 01332 643912

  • Dementia Friendly Screenings

    Dementia Friendly Screenings

    The 2018 series of dementia friendly film screenings continue in September with a variety of films across the county.

    Please pass this information on to people living with dementia/memory challenges, their friends, families and carers.

    Doors open at 1pm, and the film starts at 1.30pm.

    They have some money available to assist with transport. Please ring 07449 732322 in advance to arrange this.

    MATLOCK: Meet Me In St Louis, Friday 7th September 2018 – Imperial Rooms, Matlock
    BELPER: American in Paris, Monday 10th September 2018 – Nailers (Football Club), Belper
    CHESTERFIELD: The Glenn Miller Story, Wednesday 12th September 2018 – Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
    LONG EATON: The King and I, Wednesday 19th September 2018 – St John’s Church Hall, Canal Street, Long Eaton
    DRONFIELD: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Wednesday 26th September 2018 – Dronfield Civic Centre, Dronfield

    These screenings are organised by Arts Derbyshire, supported by Derbyshire County Council, Public Health and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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