Derbyshire Carers Association Blog

Welcome to the blog of Derbyshire Carers Association

About us

Derbyshire Carers Association was founded by Gerry Fryer in 1988 following circumstances which found him in the caring position as described by himself here.

Once he realised how little support there was for Carers Gerry aimed for and met his aspiration for Carer support provision.

With the help of some other Carers, Derbyshire Carers Association gained it’s first paid employee in 1989, this has now grown to over 30 dedicated and passionate employees as well as a large number of volunteers.



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  • 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.

  • One Year Celebration

    One Year Celebration

    On Friday 21st September DCA will be celebrating achievements in the first year of both our County Adult Carers Service and Young Carers Service.

    We will be hosting an information and activity day at the Postmill Centre, South Normanton between 10.00 and 1.00. We will be joined by many organisations who offer information, advice and services for Carers.

    The Post Mill Centre
    Market Street
    South Normanton
    DE55 2EJ

    Friday 21st September 2018 10.00-1.00

    Relaxation and therapy treatments available. Art Therapy sessions

    Refreshments available.

    Carers and Professionals welcome.

    Book a place 01773 833833

  • Carer Support and pamper day at Clay Cross

    Carer Support and pamper day at Clay Cross

    Carers Support and Pamper Day

    At Clay Cross Social Centre, Market Street, S45 9JE


    Open to the public from 11am – 2pm

    Come along for your FREE BODY MOT





    Supported by Derbyshire Carers Association

    For further information please contact Bob Steer on 01246 864661

  • BRIGHT SIDE COURSES – Taking steps to feeling more positive through learning new skills

    BRIGHT SIDE COURSES – Taking steps to feeling more positive through learning new skills

    The Autumn courses are now available from the Bright Side project, which is offered free by Derbyshire County Council Adult Education Service, to anyone who is experiencing mental health issues, emotional or psychological distress or those feeling socially isolated.

    One in four of us will experience mental health issues in a year. The courses are normally 12 hours long, spread over several weeks.

    They deliver a rich variety of practical and hands on skills, including dancing, singing, cookery, gardening, dry stone walling, relaxation and arts and crafts activities, all delivered in a small friendly and supportive group.

    People with understanding and experience of mental health issues are helping us design the Bright Side project because they know how learning new skills can help.

    Additional support will be provided to help you join in, enjoy yourself and move on.

    East Derbyshire Leaflet

    West Derbyshire Leaflet

    South Derbyshire Leaflet

    For more information please contact or call 01629 536 569

  • Heart of Derbyshire Free Cooking on a Budget Courses - More funding agreed!

    Heart of Derbyshire Free Cooking on a Budget Courses - More funding agreed!

    Further funding has been agreed for the free ‘Healthy Cooking on a Budget’ courses that were running last year.

    The target groups

    -Adults with learning disabilities
    -Weight management groups
    -Elderly people
    -Food bank users
    -Parents, especially those in deprived areas
    -BME groups
    -Brightside mental health
    -Those at risk of homelessness

    Courses will include:

    -Basic cooking skills
    -An introduction to creating simple and balanced healthy meals using affordable, seasonal and fresh ingredients
    -Understanding the importance of food hygiene, storage and planning
    -Budgeting and food shopping advice

    Courses are approximately 12 hours in length but the delivery of them can be varied to suit the group wanting a course.

    Can be 6 weeks of 2 hrs per week, 4 weeks of 3 hrs a week, etc. The maximum number of people in a group is 8, minimum 5 ideally.

    Venues don’t need to have a perfectly stocked teaching kitchen but a kitchen, even a small one adjacent to a larger room, is needed as each course needs at least 1 oven, a fridge, a couple of sinks and plenty of preparation space

    For more information contact



    tel: 07518 863860.

    Also you can read the leaflet for more information here

  • Young Carers Let off Steam

    Young Carers Let off Steam

    The Young Carers we support were treated to a session at Fitness Factory Chesterfield, they had a wonderful time and by the looks of the photos gave the trainers a run for their money.

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