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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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  • Have you got an experience of dementia services to share?

    Have you got an experience of dementia services to share?

    Healthwatch Derbyshire wants to hear from people living with dementia, their family and carers, about the care and support they receive.

    They want to hear from anyone who has had experience of dementia services in the last year.

    The information you give them will be collected anonymously and shared with those responsible for running dementia services, so that they know what works well and what doesn’t.

    If you have something to say about dementia services, Healthwatch Derbyshire would love to hear from you.

    Please see below to see how to get in contact with Healthwatch Derbyshire for more information.

  • Carers Celebration 2017 at the Crooked Spire

    Carers Celebration 2017 at the Crooked Spire

    Thursday 14th December 2017

    The Crooked Spire
    (Saint Mary & All Saints Church,)
    Church Way, Chesterfield,
    Derbyshire S40 1XJ
    12 noon – 1.30PM
    To be seated for 11:45am, service to start at 12 noon.

    For Carers, the people they care for, family, friends and associated professionals. Readings by Father Patrick Coleman and live music.

    Tea, coffee and mince pies will be available following the service.

    To book your place or for more information please contact DCA on 01773 833833

  • Free Welfare Rights Clinics

    Free Welfare Rights Clinics

    Derbyshire Carers Association is working with Derbyshire Welfare Rights Service to offer carers free information and advice on welfare issues. The first clinics will be held in September, and if carers feel these are beneficial we hope to roll these out across Derbyshire.

    DCA is committed to organising regular Welfare Rights Clinics, enabling carers to access specialist information and advice on benefits, allowances and other issues.

    Our first clinic will be Thursday 21st September at Derbyshire Carers Association, Genesis Business Park, 32-46 King Street, Alfreton, DE55 7DQ

    To book a place or to register your interest in future clinics please call us on 01773 833833.

    Welfare Rights Clinics

  • Mayor of Erewash Supports Local Carers

    Mayor of Erewash Supports Local Carers

    Derbyshire Carers Association has gratefully received a donation from Erewash Mayor Abey Stevenson to support activities and opportunities for both the Ilkeston and Long Eaton Carer Support Groups. Councilor Stevenson attended events organised by the Erewash Carers’ Group during the year and has shared his support of the work to assist Carers in the borough of Erewash.

    The presentation was held on Thursday, 14th September 2017 in the Mayor’s Parlour, Town Hall, Ilkeston and was attended by DCA representative Helen Weston.

    Mayor Abey Stevenson and Helen Weston

  • Book Your Place now at DCA's Annual Carers Ball

    Book Your Place now at DCA's Annual Carers Ball

    Friday 13th October 2017
    7pm till 10.30pm

    The Pavilion, Derbyshire
    County Cricket aaa`s
    Ground, Nottingham Road,
    Derby DE21 6DA.

    Enjoy an evening of live music and dancing with a buffet provided.

    £5.00 on the door.

    If you fancy a ‘strictly’ great night out – call Derbyshire Carers Association on 01773 833833 to book your place.

  • Carers Pamper Day and AGM 2017

    Carers Pamper Day and AGM 2017

    A fun and relaxing treat was on offer on the 17th July as carers gathered at the Post Mill Centre, South Normanton for a well-earned pamper day treat and DCA Annual General Meeting.

    Carers received a warm welcome
    Carers received a warm welcome on the day

    Various treatments were available for all to enjoy
    Various treatments were available for all to enjoy

    Carers enjoyed some special me-time
    Carers enjoyed some special me-time

    Carers had chance to chat with DCA staff and volunteers
    Carers had chance to chat with DCA staff and volunteers

    It was an opportunity to make new friends
    It was an opportunity to make new friends

    Information Stands and staff from a variety of organisations were on hand to offer advice
    Information Stands and staff from a variety of organisations were on hand to offer advice

    DCA Annual General Meeting 2017
    DCA Annual General Meeting 2017

  • Free Manual Handling Training Event for Carers

    Free Manual Handling Training Event for Carers

    Friday 14th of July 2017 10am – 1pm

    Derbyshire Carers Association
    Genesis Business Park
    32-46 King street
    Alfreton DE55 7DQ

    Manual handling training will help support any Carer who has physical caring responsibilities for a loved one.

    Common injuries that many Carers suffer from by not having correct training include: Musculoskeletal Disorders such as upper and lower limb pain/disorders, joint and repetitive strain injuries.

    Please call Jo Askew on 01773 833833 to book a place on this free course.

    Manual Handling for Carers

  • 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.

    mecca bingo
    Carers at Mecca Bingo Chesterfield
    mecca bingo
    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!

    tea party 2017
    Tea Party 2017
    tea party 2017
    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 info@derbyshirecarers.co.uk for more information.

  • 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: manjit.sokhal@derbyshirecarers.co.uk

    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: chesterfield@derbyshirecarers.co.uk

    Second Tuesday of every month: 32-46 King Street, Alfreton, DE55 7DQ
    Tel: 01773 833 833 | Email: info@derbyshirecarers.co.uk

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

    Fourth Tuesday of every month: 43 Market Place, Long Eaton, NG10 1JL
    Tel: 0115 973 4111 | enquiries@rotherasharp.co.uk

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