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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  • First Aid Training in Ripley

    First Aid Training in Ripley

    Reminder we have a First Aid training for Carers in Ripley next week.

    Tuesday 1st May 10.30am to 1pm

    Fields terrace community centre, Fields terrace, off slack lane, Ripley, DE5 3HL

    The course delivered by Paramedical First Aid Training will cover:

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

    To book your place on this FREE course contact Jo on:* 01773 833833*

  • Driving safer for longer

    Driving safer for longer

    Older motorists in Derbyshire are invited to take advantage of training sessions aimed at keeping them safer for longer behind the wheel.

    Derbyshire County County are offering free Driving Safer for Longer classroom-based information sessions which offer those aged 65 plus the chance to update their knowledge.

    Places are still available at the following sessions:

    • Monday 14 May, between 10am and 11.30am, at Ilkeston Library
    • Thursday 14 June, between 11am and 12.30pm, at Buxton Fire Station
    • Tuesday 26 June, between 10.30am and 12pm, at Staveley Fire Station.

    To book a place, just provide your personal details and preferred training date, by email: or tel: 01629 538060.

  • Pop-up coffee mornings for Carers of Adults with a Learning Disability

    Pop-up coffee mornings for Carers of Adults with a Learning Disability

    Derbyshire Carers Association and No Limits have come together to organise a series of pop-up coffee mornings for Carers of Adults with a Learning Disability.

    Hasland Village Hall – Tuesday 5th June 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

    Shirebrook Leisure Centre – Tuesday 10th July 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

    Bainbridge Hall, Bolsover – Tuesday 18th September 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

    Staveley (venue tbc) – Tuesday 9th October 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

  • Falls Prevention

    Falls Prevention

    Did you know one in three older people will have a fall each year in Derbyshire?

    And of these falls one in 20 will result in a serious injury or even a trip to hospital.

    Having a fall can have an effect on your confidence and it could affect your mobility.

    Getting older and having falls is not set in stone, there are certain risk factors that can lead to falls such as
    • Hazards around the home such as poor lighting, clutter, trailing cables, loose rugs
    • A common cause of falls is badly fitting footwear, worn out footwear (such as slippers) or foot problems.
    • Poor eyesight can also be a factor in falls so make sure you have your eyes tested.

    There is a lot more information on how to prevent falls and to address some of the issues raised above on the Derbyshire County Council Website…

  • Information & Support Forum at Blythe House

    Information & Support Forum at Blythe House

    Calling all Carers!

    If you’re a carer living in the High Peak, and you’re not sure of the support that’s available to you, come along to our Information & Support Forum

    Saturday 28th April


    at Blythe House Hospice

     Comprehensive first aid training session for carers: 10.30am -1pm
     Free complementary therapy sessions for carers
     Access to information and support from Derbyshire Carers Association; Blythe House Hospice; Citizens Advice Bureau; Helen’s Trust and other support services.

    Light refreshments will be available and you are welcome to bring the person you are caring for with you.
    For more details, contact Louise Furmston or Emma Richards at Blythe House: 01298 875080

    Blythe House Hospice
    Eccles Fold
    Chapel-en-le-Frith SK23 9TJ
    Tel: 01298 815388

  • Young Carers First Aid Training

    Young Carers First Aid Training

    Today the Young Carers we support came to our head office to take part in some First Aid training we put on for them.

    This valuable training will help them in their caring role and be a good life skill for them to have.

  • Dementia Action Week 21st May to 27th May 2018

    Dementia Action Week 21st May to 27th May 2018

    People will have the chance to learn more about dementia and local support services as Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council and a range of key partners put on events for Dementia Action Week 2018.

    Running from Monday, 21 May to Sunday, 27 May the week will include Dementia Friends Sessions, where people can get training and support to create dementia-friendly communities, Q&A sessions, information events and a memory market place.

    By working with partner organisations, the county council and city council are raising awareness of dementia and the support services available across Derbyshire.

    It’s vital that people with dementia, their friends, families and carers know that there is support and advice available for them and where to go to get it.

    Dementia is a growing issue around the country, but especially in Derbyshire where we have an ageing population.

    To find out more about the events taking place during Dementia Action Week go to:

    Dementia Action Week

  • Stroll and roll walks

    Stroll and roll walks

    We will be rolling out more walks with Derbyshire carers very soon !!!!

    In the meantime here are some more walks with Walking for Health which are accessible for carers and cared for.

    Please note that the cared for need to be supported as walking for health are not able to support individuals.

    To find out more click here …

  • Study into Carers with chronic lower back pain

    Study into Carers with chronic lower back pain

    Mia an undergraduate psychology student at the the University of Derby is doing a study with unpaid carers who have chronic lower back pain into how it affects them, their caring duties and their quality of life.

    The findings of the study will help DCA shape future services.

    To find out more about the study or if you are a carer who wants to get involved see the following website…

  • Adult Care Brokerage Service

    Adult Care Brokerage Service

    Derbyshire County Council has an adult care brokerage service.

    Their service will find information about different service providers and other resources that may be relevant to you.

    For example they might get you information on agencies that provide help with personal care and activities of daily living.

    The brokers will match your choices and preferences to service providers.

    For more information and to get help visit the DCC website.

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