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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  • Carers Week Round-up 2017

    Carers Week Round-up 2017

    Carers get a winning feeling for Carers Week 2017

    Carers enjoyed an afternoon of bingo and refreshments with wins by lucky players at Mecca Bingo Chesterfield on Wednesday 14th June 2017.

    This was an opportunity for local Carers meet up and enjoy a little time out. Hosts, Mecca Bingo continue to support and raise vital funds for Carers and the Carers Trust.

    The day formed part of Derbyshire Carers Associations line up of events for Carers Week. Carers Week traditionally aims to raise the profile of Carers throughout the UK, making sure Carers can access advice, information and suitable support.

    Derbyshire Carers Association and partners were among the services and centres hosting more than 17,000 events and activities UK-wide during Carers Week to raise awareness of the support available to Carers.

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    Carers at Mecca Bingo Chesterfield
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    Carers at Mecca Bingo Chesterfield

    Derbyshire Carers Association Tea Party

    A fun and relaxing treat was on offer on Thursday 15th June 2017 as Carers gathered at the Derby County Cricket ground pavilion for a well-earned pamper day and tea party treat organised by Derbyshire Carers Association.

    Holistic and aromatherapy experts were on hand offering free sessions and Carers were able to take time out and spoil themselves with a number of treatments and activities.

    One Carer commented after the event: “My wife and I attended the Carers Tea Party. We both offer our sincere thanks to all who worked so hard to ensure that all carers who attended were made so welcome. Particularly, we acknowledge the amazing efforts of the DCA Derby Office staff whose presence made everyone feel so at home and ensured all present had an enjoyable afternoon.”

    “The Breakaway Singers entertained with recreations of original songs and everyone was encouraged to join in. Their conductor was a joy to watch as well as listening to the performance.”

    With lots of chat, tea and cake the day was a great success!

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    Tea Party 2017
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    The Breakaway Singers

    DCA’s line up of Carers Week events support carers in the city and county. There are a host of other carer events planned for the rest of 2017. Contact us on 01773 833833 or email for more information.

  • Carers Mental Health Support

    Carers Mental Health Support

    Caring for someone with mental health problems can be very difficult and often heart breaking. Derbyshire Carers Association have and will support mental health carers across the county with suitable advice and guidance, local support groups, funding of initiatives such as Stressbusters and support for the North and South Derbyshire Mental Health Teams.

    Derbyshire Carers Association has supported carers of those with mental health conditions for nearly 30 years. When you are being supported by us you can be assured that you are receiving the best possible service from the largest provider of carer support services in Derbyshire. We continuously strive to improve these services to ensure that the support provided to you is easily accessible, has maximum continuity and effect.

    Each year one in four people will experience a mental health issue and the most common conditions are anxiety and depression. On average one or two people in 100 will experience a severe mental illness.

    Anyone of any age, both young and adult, who provide vital help and support to a person with mental health issues is regarded as a carer. Many people are not carers by choice and at times it can be very difficult trying to cope.

    The fear of stigma can also act as barrier to people seeking support they desperately need. Caring for someone with a mental health issue can be demanding, it is important to take advantage of the support available by us. Many people feel more comfortable getting support from people in the same situation and we can facilitate this.

    Find out more at or email

  • Derby Carers Forum

    Derby Carers Forum

    Are you an informal or family Carer, caring
    for someone living in Derby?

    Then we would like to invite you to attend the Derby Carers Forum, on Monday 3 July 2017, 10am – 12.30pm, Holiday Inn Derby-Riverlights, Morledge, Derby. DE1 2AY.

    Limited places are also available to organisations who support Carers in the City.

    Refreshments will be available from 10am and throughout the event with a light lunch (sandwiches/ crisps) served from 12noon.

    The venue is fully accessible. Parking can be found in the local car parks within the Intu Centre.

    Derby Bus station is located next to the hotel with a bus stop directly
    outside the venue.

    Derbyshire Carers Association and Creative Carers will also attend. Councillor Martin Repton, Cabinet Member for Integrated Health and Care, Derby City Council will give an overview on Carer support and activities in Derby.

    Derby City Council and Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group representatives will be there to answer your questions.

    Please let us know if you hope to attend the Carers Open Forum, by telephoning Derbyshire Carers Association, Derby Office on 01332 200002 or email:

    This is important so that we know numbers to cater for refreshments and lunch. However, we do understand that your caring responsibilities may mean that you are unable to attend on
    the day.

    You can also let them know if there are any questions that you would like to ask at the Open Forum.

  • Do you need some free legal advice?

    Do you need some free legal advice?

    Visit one of our weekly drop-in advice clinics in Derbyshire for advice on a wide range of legal matters.

    Find out where and when you can visit us below.

    Rothera Sharp Solicitors are working in Partnership with The Carers Association to ensure you have access to quality legal advice. If you would like to visit one of our legal clinics, please contact the location of your choice to make an appointment.

    All of our clinics will run from 12-5pm every Tuesday.

    First Tuesday of every month: Derbyshire Carers Association Resource Hub,
    South Lodge, Boythorpe Avenue, Chesterfield S40 2BF
    Tel: 01246 222 373 | Email:

    Second Tuesday of every month: 32-46 King Street, Alfreton, DE55 7DQ
    Tel: 01773 833 833 | Email:

    Third Tuesday of every month: Ground floor, Pride Park,
    22 Mallard Way, Derby, DE24 8GX
    Tel: 01332 200 002 | Email:

    Fourth Tuesday of every month: 43 Market Place, Long Eaton, NG10 1JL
    Tel: 0115 973 4111 |

  • Derbyshire Carers Awards 2017

    Derbyshire Carers Awards 2017

    One in 10 people in Derbyshire are carers. Some of these carers don’t know how to access the care, help and support that they need. We aim to raise awareness of the difficult situation they face and let them know that they are not alone, but that help and suitable support is available.

    Currently, it is estimated there are over 7 million carers in the UK; in addition, 1.4m carers spend more than 50 hours a week caring for others, this equates to a full-time workforce larger than the NHS.

    We and encouraging the public to really get behind the Derbyshire Carers Awards 2017 so carers receive the recognition deserved and we can continue to help shine a light on the vital role carer’s play.

    For more information about DCA call 01773 833833 or email

    Look out for our Derby Carers Week events from 12th – 18th June. All details on our website.

  • Free Bingo Session for Carers

    Free Bingo Session for Carers

    Wednesday 14th June 2017
    11:00am – 1:30pm
    (To be seated by 11:30am)

    Carers will be treated to a free bingo session and soft drink courtesy of Mecca Bingo Chesterfield (Foljambe Road, Town Centre, Chesterfield S40 1NJ, Chesterfield S40 1NP)
    Food will also be available to purchase from Mecca Bingo.

    Spaces are limited, for more information and to book your please contact us on 01773 833833.

  • Calling all Carers!

    Calling all Carers!

    We would like to invite you to our Annual General Meeting.

    It is hoped that if you are present you’ll find it a bit less formal than your average AGM as we are including treats such as pamper treatments information stands and a buffet too. This will be a meeting where everyone who has been involved in one way or another has the opportunity to come together and share ideas. We do have a few formalities to sort out, but we would like the bulk of the day to be made up of two main things: finding out what we’ve been up to so far, and getting a chance to think and talk about what may happen next.

    Join us on:

    Monday 17th July 2017
    At: The Post Mill Centre, Market Street, South Normanton, Derbyshire. DE55 2EJ
    10am – (The AGM will take place at approximately 11.30am to 12pm) the event will carry on until to 3pm

    Please click here for an agenda of the day.

    If you would like to put your name down to attend or book a treatment please contact our Administration Team at Head Office on 01773 833833

    We sincerely hope to see you there.

    NB: Treatments will be provided at £5.00 per treatment and limited to 1 treatment per Carer.

  • Carers Week: Celebrating Carers in Derbyshire

    Carers Week: Celebrating Carers in Derbyshire

    Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA) will pull out all the stops to ensure the annual Carers Week in Derbyshire is another huge success.

    Carers Week traditionally aims to raise the profile of carers throughout the UK, making sure carers can access advice, information and suitable support.

    As part of Carers Week, which takes place between 12th and 18th June, DCA will encourage communities and organisations to pledge to work together to reach as many carers as possible. This year there will be a carers’ afternoon tea, a carers’ coffee morning, a London Road Hospital raffle (12th June), and much more.

    In Derby, Derbyshire County Cricket Club will have a ‘carers’ marquee’ on Thursday 15th June between 1pm and 4pm. (Derbyshire County Cricket Ground Marquee The 3aaa County Ground Grandstand Road Derby DE21 6DA). The invitation is open to everyone and the event is free for carers. ‘Feel Fab! Look Fabulous!’ stalls will be there to pamper carers with facials and treatments. Carers can indulge in retail therapy, browse the stalls, enjoy performers and relax with an afternoon cuppa and cake meeting DCA staff and other carers.

    Derbyshire Carers Association and partners will be among the services and centres hosting more than 12,000 events and activities UK-wide during Carers Week to raise awareness of the support available to carers.

    For more information and to book on an event call our Head Office on 01773 833833, our Derby office 01332 200002 or email

  • A New Resource Centre in Chesterfield

    A New Resource Centre in Chesterfield

    We would like to announce that as of the 30th May 2017 the Chesterfield Carers Centre off Chatsworth Road will close.

    The welfare and well-being of the carers we support has always been, and remains, our primary concern. The staff are working to ensure the closure creates as little disruption as possible.

    The Chesterfield drop-in centre has served carers well over the past several years, but we can improve, and our new Head Office in Alfreton and our outreach centres are more visitor friendly and crucially mean vital resources can be focused on supporting you and the nearly 20,000 carers who have joined us.

    I am pleased to announce that we will have a new resource centre available nearby at Queens Park (South Lodge, Boythorpe Avenue, Chesterfield, S40 2BF.) We have been working with Age Concern and Age UK to provide a carers’ resource at the current Age Concern offices next to Queens Park and this will provide a suitable base for our volunteers. The new Centre will be available from June. As our office is on the first floor there will be restricted disabled access, therefore in order to attend we must receive prior notice.

    It is important to highlight that the closure in no way reflects the wider position of Derbyshire Carers Association as we move into an exciting phase of our development with our new centres, the recruitment of new staff and a fresh vision for the future.

    If you have any further queries please contact or call 01773 833833.

  • From April, Derbyshire Carers Association are the main support service for young carers in Derbyshire.

    From April, Derbyshire Carers Association are the main support service for young carers in Derbyshire.

    Young carers are children under 18 with caring responsibilities. For this group, DCA now provide a confidential service; offering support, signposting and information to young carers

    DCA identify and engage with young carers and their families to assess their needs and
    provide appropriate guidance, support groups and social activities. The new service includes increasing robust, suitable identification, signposting and support within all areas, especially educational networks such as schools and
    colleges with an emphasis on training and employment.

    There is a focus on activity within schools and colleges to ensure young carers can be identified and referred into our service for continued support and advice.

    DCA will raise awareness of Young Carers including issues effecting Young Carers and their families and how to refer to appropriate services through our existing communication and marketing streams. These include Hospital and GP Liaison teams, Colleges and Universities, Statutory Services and throughout the Voluntary Sector. We will work with schools to increase identification, support and networking. DCA will incorporate Young Carers Awareness within our existing package to be delivered to Health, Statutory and Voluntary Teams including referral pathways and how to identify Young Carers.

    Young Carers can be referred via telephone, secure website and email using the Referral Form

    Following initial assessment Young Carers will complete a Support Plan and receive interventions appropriate to their level of needs.

    These can include:

    • One-to-one support
    • Information and Advice
    • Social Activates and peer support
    • Support Groups and Specialist Group Work
    • Advocacy and Mediation Support
    • Signposting and Transitional Support
    • Education, Training and Employment Support.
    • Whole Family Activities and sibling support

    Each Young Carer will have a designated Carer Support Worker for consistency and familiarity. Young Carers and their families will receive up to date information and online support through a variety of means including websites, Young Carers newsletters and managed social media.

    Working together with the Derbyshire Youth Council we will introduce ‘Buddies’ within schools and offer free safeguarding training to youth council members to enable them to support Young Carers within their schools / colleges.

    Young Carers Support

    If you’re a young carer, health professional or would like to know more please call us on 01773 833833

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