Derbyshire Carers Association Blog

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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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  • Free TV Licence if your 75 or older

    Free TV Licence if your 75 or older

    Did you know that if you or the person you care for is 75 or over then you are entitled to a free TV Licence.

    You will not automatically receive one when you turn 75, so you will have to apply for it.

    It covers you as well as anyone you live with.

    To find out more and to apply for one check out the TV Licencing website…

  • Help support young carers breaks

    Help support young carers breaks

    One of the ways our young carers team helps to support the young carers in Derbyshire we work with is to organise fun activities for them to get a break from their caring responsibilities.

  • Young Carers in the news

    Young Carers in the news

    One of the young carers that our young carers team support has featured in the Derbyshire Times.

    Excerpt from the article :-

    Helping hand at bathtime and mealtime
    When their dad Shane is at work, Alyssa helps mum to bath and feed the boys. Karena, 29, said: “I can put them in the bath but you can’t dress two children at the same time.”
    Alyssa said: “I like to help mum because the boys get to bed quicker and I get more time with mum. I enjoy the fact that I am helping.”

    To read the article in full follow the link below :-

    Derbyshire Times Article

  • Mental Health Carers Support Groups

    Mental Health Carers Support Groups

    Here at DCA we are working with various mental health carer’s forums across the county.
    See below for what is available for carers across the county.

    North Derbyshire Mental Health Carers’ Forum
    St Thomas’Centre
    Chatsworth Road
    S40 3AW
    Last Weds of every month
    Contact: Josephine Rodgers – 07486 389423 /

    North Sub Groups

    Chesterfield Carers Support Group
    Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month
    10:30am – 12-30pm upstairs
    Saints Parish Rooms next to Crooked Spire 3 St Mary’s Gate CHESTERFIELD S41 7TD
    Lunch & refreshments provided
    Free Indian head massage, reflexology etc provided by therapist Francesca
    Contact: Mick 07721505441 or Maureen 07887607136

    Clay Cross Stressbusters/ Support Group Clay Cross Social Centre, Market Street. S45 9JE
    Our meeting starts at 11am and finishes at 1-30 Pm.
    Buffet around 12 mid day
    Therapist 25 members
    There is car parking available at the front of the centre 2 hours free parking (if full, parking is available at Iceland) free of charge all day.
    1st Weds of every month
    Bob – 01246 864661

    Bolsover Mental Health Carers Support Group
    Burnbridge House, Carr Vale.
    3rd Friday of the month. 10.30am-12.30pm. Refreshments, Manicures, Pedicures, facials. Contact Sonia: 07878 863094

    Mental Health Carers Art Group
    Every Friday morning, 10.30am-12.30pm at the Labour Club on Saltergate. Refreshments, art materials. Contact: 01246 220686

    High Peak Mental Health Carers Support Group
    Meet the 1st Wednesday of every month at Buxton Methodist Church
    11.30am to 1.30pm
    Lunch provided
    A support group for those who have a caring role for someone with a mental health condition
    Contact: Helen Cochrane (07791 219 541)

    South Derbyshire Mental Health Carers’ Forum
    Oddfellows Hall
    32 Charnwood Street
    DE1 2GU
    3rd Friday of every month
    Contact: Sandra Austin – 07779 107087

    South Sub Groups

    The Croft Mental Health Carers Group
    The Croft
    Slack Lane
    DE5 3HF
    First Tuesday of the month
    From 1.30 till 3.30 with tea/coffee and biscuits
    Contact: Terry Earl 07721006100/01629822337

    Long Eaton Mental Health Carers Support Group
    Meets the last Tuesday of the month 12 till 2 at the Oasis Christian Centre 129-131 Derby Road long Eaton NG10 4LL contact Rob 07932685022 or Joyce 07931722977
    Refreshments sandwiches mini pamper – suggest £5 donation

  • Mental Health Carers Art Group - Chesterfield (Not DCA facilitated)

    Mental Health Carers Art Group - Chesterfield (Not DCA facilitated)

    Meets every Friday, 10.30am – 12.30pm.

    Chesterfield Labour Club, Saltergate, Chesterfield.

    It’s a small group, all materials provided, refreshments too.

    There’s painting, drawing and, of course, we draw on our experiences as Carers.

    There’s no stress, no competition.

    Every encouragement is given for Carers to find that talent they don’t know they have.

    We learn from each other in a friendly environment. Enthusiasm is all that’s needed!

  • Information and Advice

    Information and Advice

    Derbyshire Carers Association will be having information stands for carers in Ashbourne and Bolsover over the next two weeks, drop by to see what services and support may be available to you.

  • Free Manual Handling and First Aid Training in the Glossop and High Peak areas

    Free Manual Handling and First Aid Training  in the Glossop and High Peak areas

    Here are the dates and venues for our Free Manual Handling and First Aid training for carers in the Glossop and High Peak areas.

    First Aid training will be delivered by Paramedical First Aid Training will cover:

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

    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.

    For more information or to book your place contact Jo Askew on 01773 833 833

  • New Carers Connect Amber Valley Launch

    New 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 1st March 10am – 4pm.

    Belper Baptist Church,Bridge street, Belper, DE561AZ

    Drop in, have a coffee, and have your say on shaping this group going forward.

    On the launch day there will be creative activities and a range of other agencies that can give you information on help available.

    Future sessions will be running monthly on
    the 1st and 3rd Thursdays 1pm—4pm

    For more information contact our head office on 01773 833833

  • Carer Community Group Chesterfield

    Carer Community Group Chesterfield

    The Carer Community Group gives carers the opportunity to meet others with a care role in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Speakers from a range of services also attend throughout the year.

    Monkey Park Café, 128A Chester Street,Chesterfield S40 1BF

    2nd Wednesday of every month 2pm to 3.30pm

    Wednesday 14th February 2pm – 2.30pm
    Guest Speaker Rebecca Cowley, Carer Liaison Officer for Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
    Rebecca will be coming along for a short talk about her new role and how it benefits carers. This includes:
    • Information and advice about their caring worries and concerns
    • Support during meetings with hospital staff
    • Liaising with hospital staff on their behalf
    • Referral on for support within the community

  • Personal Independence Payments (PIP) Update

    Personal Independence Payments (PIP) Update

    In December 2017 the High Court ruled that recent restrictions to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) discriminated against people with mental health problems.

    All the people receiving the personal independence payment benefit (1.6million) will have their claims reviewed and some of them may have their payments increased if their initial assessments are found to be discriminatory.

    New regulations introduced last year stated that if a claimant could not make a familiar journey by themselves then they would be eligible for a bigger payment, however if they could not make such a journey due to psychological distress then they would not be entitled to this payment. This has now been ruled as “blatantly discriminatory” against people with mental health conditions

    If psychological distress affects your ability to make familiar journeys, then there is a chance that you could be entitled to more support. The Government has stated that it will write to everyone who has been affected and that if you are now entitled to these extra payments then it will be backdated to when you had your original decision or to December 2016 (which is when a court first ruled that people should be entitled to more support).

    More information Click the link to visit the BBC article BBC News Article

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