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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  • Visit by Princess Anne

    Yesterday we were privileged to have a visit from Princess Anne to celebrate 30 years of DCA supporting Carers in Derbyshire.
    People from the local community came out in force to welcome her to Ripley.
    Once inside the Princess met many of the Carers we support and spoke at length with them about their caring role.
    The Carers were very happy to meet her and expressed afterwards how knowledgeable she was about Carers issues and how down to earth she was.

    Ripley and Heanor news article

  • Young Carers Support Derby

    Young Carers Support Derby

    Young Carers support and advice in Derby.

    The project is for young carers who are under the age of 18.

    If you or someone you know is under 18 and a young carer and would like the chance to get together, have fun and access some support then contact them on …

    01332 641 017

  • Living with a long term condition

    Living with a long term condition

    The Living Well with a Long Term Condition (LWLTC)Programme has new dates for 2019.

    The Living with A Long Term Condition (LWLTC) programme is for anyone living in Derbyshire who has one or more long-term health conditions such as asthma, arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), depression, diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart disease, sickle cell, HIV, ME/chronic fatigue, chronic pain or any other condition. The course is also available and proven beneficial for carers of someone living with a long term condition. The course is designed to help participants cope with their health condition and improve their quality of life.

    LWLTC is a free 6-week course that can help a person to take more control of their health by learning new skills and strategies to manage their condition on a daily basis. The course focuses on what a person can do, rather than what they can’t. Each session is one day a week and lasts two and a half hours. There is one session a week and refreshments are provided.

    Topics covered include:

    Dealing with symptoms like pain and tiredness
    Coping with depression or feeling low
    Relaxation techniques
    Physical activity
    Healthy eating
    Communicating with family, friends and health professionals
    Planning for the future
    Setting realistic goals and pacing yourself

    The course is run by two trained tutors who themselves live with long-term conditions. They can give practical advice based on their own life experiences.

  • Consultation on People's Services Savings Proposals in Derby City

    Consultation on People's Services Savings Proposals in Derby City

    Consultation on People’s Services Savings Proposals in Derby City
    including your views on proposed service changes to:

    In house day centres
    Council owned care homes
    Carer’s services
    Fostering services

    Click here…

    Paper copies are also available from our Derby office

  • Crooked Spire Celebration 2018

    Crooked Spire Celebration 2018

    Crooked Spire Carers Celebration

    Carers were treated to our fourth annual Carers Celebration event at the Crooked Spire in Chesterfield.

    They were treated to performances from the Sharley Park School Choir and Highfields School Choir, with traditional Christmas songs and songs from the Greatest Showman.

    The Spire was packed with over 300 people attending the event including The Duke of Devonshire, Toby Perkins MP, the Mayor of Chesterfield, the Mayor of Matlock and the Mayor of Ripley.

    Derbyshire Carers CEO said “This annual event at this wonderful iconic church is an opportunity to celebrate and recognise all the hard work that the 150,000 Carers in Derbyshire do”

  • Young Carers at Chatsworth

    Young Carers at Chatsworth

    Recently we took some of the Young Carers we support to Chatsworth for the day to see the Christmas market and to see the wonderful displays inside the house and gardens.

    They has a wonderful day and enjoyed their break away from their Caring responsibilities.

  • Young Carers Music Project

    Young Carers Music Project

    Our young carers music project (phase 1) got underway recently, at Hearing help in Ripley.

    Our Amber Valley young carers project was kindly funded by Public Health, Amber Valley Locality Fund.

    Our young carers spent 2 days with professional music teachers and musicians (phase 1) and have now written the song and music, ready for phase 2 of the project, which entails the young carers having a day in a recording studio with the Derby Rock Choir.

    Phase 3 will see them be producing a music video to accompany the song and a documentary .

    Phase 4 will be an evening launch event with the Rock Choir to showcase the wonderful work, where we hope to raise finds to be able to continue similar projects like this for more of our young carers across the county.

    Phase 5 Will be the promotion of this project, hopefully being aired on local radio stations, local tv, publicised on “you tube”, and sold on itunes.

    Phase 6 – The skies the limit!!!

  • DCA AGM 2018

    DCA AGM 2018

    Our Annual General Meeting will be on

    Thursday 13th December 2018

    At: The Crooked Spire, (St Mary and All Saints Church), Church Way, Chesterfield. S40 1XJ

    Contact us to let us know if you are coming 01773 833 833

    Please see below for the Agenda and the memorandum and articles

    annual general meeting agenda 2018

    memorandum and articles november 2018

  • Community Alarms Consultation

    Community Alarms Consultation

    Community alarms and telecare consultation

    A consultation on changing how older and vulnerable people are supported to live at home is being launched by Derbyshire County Council. Residents will be asked for their views on plans to change who is eligible to receive community alarms and telecare services. Around 5,000 older and vulnerable people currently use the technology funded by Derbyshire County Council which provides 24-hour monitoring.

    Members of the county council’s Cabinet approved the launch of a 10-week consultation which opened on Monday 19 November. Letters will be sent to everyone who currently receives community alarms or telecare services with a questionnaire which they will be invited to fill it in. Residents will also be able to complete it online at

    Events will also be held around the county for residents, families and carers to ask questions and give feedback.
    These will be held between 10.30am and noon on:
    • Monday 26 November – Buxton Methodist Church, Chapel Street
    • Tuesday 4 December – St Thomas Centre, Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield
    • Friday 7 December – Room 10, Strutt Centre, Derby Road, Belper
    • Monday 10 December – Lady Whitworth Room, Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale
    • Tuesday 11 December – Ilkeston Library, Market Place
    • Wednesday 12 December – Oaklands Village, Hall Farm Road, Swadlincote
    • Friday 14 December – Clay Cross Social Centre, Market Street, Clay Cross
    • Monday 17 December – Assembly Hall Community Centre, Hilltop, Bolsover

    People will need to book their place by contacting the county council on 01629 531307 or email

  • Derby City Update

    Derby City Update

    Derby City Council has made changes to how Carers services are delivered in Derby City. We have been asked by them to inform as many Carers as we are able of those. Please see letters from the council to all Carers.

    letter for carers

    carer pathway

    Derbyshire Carers Association has been supporting Carers for 30 years in the City. These changes do not affect us directly. We are continuing to provide needs assessments, information, advice and guidance as well as Wellbeing events.

    A selection of which is shown below:

    Friday 30th November – 10am – 3pm Carers Rights Day at Derby City Carers Hub, 66-68 St Peters Street Derby DE1 1SN
    Information Stands, Therapies, lunch provided, Raffle Prizes, and the opportunity to chat with DCA staff and other carers.

    Monday 10th December – 1pm – 2.30pm Carers Celebration 2018 at Derby Cathedral, 18-19 Iron Gate, Derby, DE1 3GP. To be seated for 11:45am, service to start at 12 noon.

    Please contact us on 01332 200002 or by email – .

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