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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 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

  • Derby Cathedral Service

    Derby Cathedral Service

    Tuesday 5th December 1pm-2:30pm
    Derby Cathedral, 18-19 Iron Gate, Derby DE1 3GP

    For Carers, the people they care for, family, friends and associated professionals. We are asking people to arrive at 12:30pm for the service to start at 1pm.

    The Breakaway Singers will be performing festive carols along with the St Peter’s Junior School Choir. Tea, coffee and mince pies will be available following the service!

    derby cathedral service

  • 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. If carers feel these are beneficial we hope to roll these out across Derbyshire.

    Our next clinic will be on the 30th November 2017 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 please call us on 01773 833833.

    Welfare Rights Clinics

  • New Website for Carers!

    New Website for Carers!

    Carers in Derbyshire has been created by a partnership of unpaid carers and local health, social care and voluntary sector organisations.

    Over recent years carers have said that they’ve found it difficult to know whether information they found online about support for carers in Derbyshire was reliable, relevant and up-to-date. They said the sheer amount of information on different websites was overwhelming. Local carer Paul Lobley was passionate about good quality being available for carers and he suggested that organisations work together.

    So local carers and a number of health and social care organisations got together to jointly create a partnership website to act as ‘starting point’ for carers who are using the internet to find help, advice and support services at any time of the day or night.

    Click the link to visit the webpage www.carersinderbyshire.org.uk and find information for your area.

  • FUTURE OF CARERS SERVICES IN DERBY CITY

    FUTURE OF CARERS SERVICES IN DERBY CITY

    Since the 9th October 2017 we have been informed that the current position of Derbyshire Carers Association providing information and advice, undertaking Carers Assessments, and providing
    ongoing support is potentially to cease on the 31st March 2018. See below a summary of the consultation:

    Following the results of the Carers Survey in March 2017 work has been completed by Derby City Council to review the current process for Carers services within Derby. These services include information, advice and support, promoting carers wellbeing, emergency plans, training, Carers breaks and Carers assessments. The Future of Carers Services consultation is designed to inform how assessments and other Carers services could be delivered in the future.

    There are currently two commissioned Carers contracts. Firstly with Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA) for support to discharge duties as defined in the Carers Act 2014 including assessment and signposting. Secondly with Creative Carers who provide carers short breaks, training, information and advice. These two separate contracts expire at the end of March 2018 and the end of August 2018 respectively, so the Council now need to consult on different approaches to the Carers Service in Derby City.

    The Council also want to consult on the viability and potential development of a jointly funded Carers website with Derbyshire County Council to enable information and advice to be provided about relevant services and benefits, following the recommendations of Carers.

    Derby City Council wants to hear your views on these proposals giving you the opportunity to shape future Carers services in Derby.

    WHAT DERBY CARERS THINK OF DERBYSHIRE CARERS SERVICE
    The caring professionalism and understanding has been immense. Nothing was too much trouble for them, information was always found and sorted quickly and effectively – Derby City Carer

    For me Derbyshire Carers, Carers Breaks and Training days were a lifeline, giving me a reason to think about me. The programme seemed more approachable not just for show. I would be devastated if DCA lost there funding. They do a ‘real’ service for carers, not just something that looks good on the surface – Derby City Carer

    The staff’s knowledge and experience allows good trusting relationships which is something that’s hard to find. As a mental health user I recognise the excellent work DCA do – Derby City Mental Health Carer & User

    Efficient service with dignity and no rushing as they understand the caring role and always do the best that they can do even if it is just research – Derby City Carer

    The staff are always ready to help with advice and are really good at setting up regular events to keep everyone informed – Derby City Carer

    HOW TO TAKE PART
    You can take part by visiting www.derby.gov.uk and completing an online survey. Alternatively, contact Adrian McNaney on 01332 642752 or email adrian.mcnaney@derby.gov.uk to request a paper copy of the questionnaire.

    The closing date for all submissions is Friday 12th January 2018.

  • Carers Rights Day 2017

    Carers Rights Day 2017

    Having the right information at the right time can make a huge difference when you are looking after someone. This year Carers Rights Day is taking place on Friday 25th November 2016.

    Carers’ Rights Day is a national event held every year to help ensure that carers know their rights regarding benefit entitlements and learn about the practical support available to help them in their caring role.

    Why hold a carers rights event?

    •Making carers aware of their rights. Every year, more than 2 million people become carers. Many struggle to navigate the maze of services and entitlements, and miss out on financial and practical support. And it’s not just people who are new to caring – even those who have been caring for years sometimes aren’t aware of their entitlements.

    • Letting carers know where to get help and support.

    • Raising the profile of carers

    • Raising awareness of the needs of carers with professionals and decision makers

    Local events for Carers Rights Day can be found below:

    Carers Rights Day Derby

    Carers Rights Day County

  • Come and Join the DCA Team!

    Come and Join the DCA Team!

    Derbyshire Carers Association is a registered Charity which has been supporting unpaid Carers throughout Derbyshire for almost thirty years providing vital services to support them in their often difficult and challenging role. Through the expansion of our invaluable services we are delighted to offer new positions for innovative and caring individuals to join our thriving team.

    County Carer Support Worker Job Description
    30 hours a week – based in Alfreton (£17,267-£20,035 Pro-rata)

    Communication Worker Job Description
    37 hours a week – based in Alfreton (£21,372 – £22,936 Pro-rata)

    Community Fundraiser Job Description
    20 hours a week – based in Alfreton (£17,267-£20,035 Pro-rata)

    Office Administrator Job Description
    20 hours a week – based in Alfreton (£15,787 – £17,453 Pro-rata)

    Mental Health Forum Fundraiser Job Description
    15 hours a week, 12 month contract – based in Alfreton (£17,267-£20,035 Pro-rata)

    For all the above vacancies please click here to download an application form.

    Closing date for all applications is Friday 24th November 2017.

    Please submit all applications to: info@derbyshirecarers.co.uk or post to:

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

    For more information including please contact Nicola Parsons on 01773 833833.

  • Annual DCA Carers Ball Highlights

    Annual DCA Carers Ball Highlights

    The Carers Ball was a great success with over 150 Carers and Professionals attending including the Sheriff of Derbyshire and Mayor of Derby.

    The event which took place at Derbyshire County Cricket Clubs Pavilion Rooms looked wonderful decorated with balloons and sparkles in DCA colours. Highlights included a tasty buffet, exciting raffle and a chance to dance to live singers Lawrence Penn and Rose Devine. In addition each Carer in attendance received a complimentary box chocolates kindly donated by Thornton’s.

    DCA would like to thank everyone who made this event such a success, many Carers enjoyed the evening so much they are already looking forward to the ball next year!

  • 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.

  • 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

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