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  • Amber Valley carers clinic

    Amber Valley carers clinic

    Derbyshire Carers are relaunching the Amber Valley carers clinic in a new location
    The Strutts, Belper on Thursday 4th April.

    Drop in for tea, cake & help shape the group.

    The support group will provide advice, activities and emotional support for carers.

    There will be a confidential carers clinic alongside the group providing carers assessments and reviews.

  • International Women's Day

    Founded in 1988, this organisation provides help and support to the sympathetic carers that aid the elderly, the disabled, and the addicts, offering advice for these carers, and recommendations for other helpful services. DCA hosts support groups at the Chaddesden Fire Station, the Royal Buildings on Victoria Street and the Roman Catholic Church on Uttoxeter Road.

    This event has been around for more than a century, having first began in Germany and neighbouring countries as a celebratory event, and later in Russia as a protest for gender equity.

    By 1975, the UN recognised International Women’s Day as an event, and is even considered a holiday in several countries you wouldn’t expect, including Angola, Cambodia, Eritrea, Laos, and Tajikistan.

    As an inspiration let’s look at what some of the female members of DCA do:

    Deb has been a veteran care worker for years, and now works as the operation manager.

    Helen often referred to as “Lovely Helen” is the civil and diligent manager.

    Nicky is the stalwart overseer of all aspects of administration in the four different offices.

    Katie is the highly motivated administrator, working as the engine of the company.

    Louise is a professional in finance, with a keen eye for detail.

    Janie is legendary for her soothing telephone manner, and ensures that the team is up to date with the relevant qualifications.

    Janis “The heartbeat” is the heart of DCA, with a massive amount of empathy an understanding, she’s a truly inspiring woman.

    For 2019, the theme is “balance for better”, which is about promoting women in the workplace. There’s been an increase of women in several industries, ranging from culinary to logistics, which is a far cry from a hundred years ago, where the idea of women filling these roles was seen as ludicrous.

    Other companies from all over the world are playing their part to make a contribution for IWD as well.
    AECOM, an international company that designs solutions to a variety of challenges, is working to increase the amount of women found in managerial roles by twice as much in the next twelve months, and even have more employed women for their Middle East, Indian, and African branches.

    British American Tobacco is using the day as an opportune moment to show off their female scientists—from toxicologists to sensory scientists—in the industry that design many of their alternatives to cigarettes found in almost fifty countries.

  • Open Auditions for performers with a learning disability

    Open Auditions for performers with a learning disability



    Open Auditions for performers with a learning disability

    14 May 2019, 10 – 4pm

    lEVEL are looking to meet people with a passion for performance who would be interested in creating new and exciting theatre for both learning disabled and mainstream audiences.

    Do you love to perform?
    Are you aged 18+?

    If so, come along to their open audition day on Tuesday 14 May. Workshops are free, informal and will give you a chance to meet the LEVEL team and see their beautiful arts centre.

    The audition day will run from 10 – 4pm. Attendance is completely free but please book in advance. Lunch will be provided along with copious amounts of hot drinks.

    If you would like to book your free place or have any questions for the team

    please email
    call them on 01629 734848

  • Support for Deaf women

    Support for Deaf women

    A local charity called Deaf-initely women, seeks to support deaf and hard of hearing women locally.

    They have a number of free sign language classes on offer which aim to give women who have hearing loss communication skills in sign language.

    See below for the two areas where they are running courses.

  • Guise and Grace Groups

    Guise and Grace Groups

    Paul Strachan coordinates Derby’s Guise Group (carer peer-support) and Grace group (for carers who are bereaved or adjusting to change as their loved one has entered residential care).

    These support groups take place on the last Wednesday of every month between 10.30am-12.30pm.

    Come along and enjoy a friendly chat or just relax, with free tea and coffee.

    A chance to get out of the house and meet new people.

    There is a lift for those with mobility issues and there are plenty of parking spots in the area.

    We have regular guest speakers and plans for trips to places such as Chatsworth.

    Activities including crafts, photographic courses and a book club are also being considered.

    You’ll receive a very warm welcome.

    If you’re interested in attending, please call Paul on 01332 200 002

    Derby Carers Group (Guise Group) enjoy a fun quiz at the city’s Cosy Club.

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