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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  • Guise and Grace Groups

    Guise and Grace Groups

    Paul Strachan coordinates Derby’s Guise Group (carer peer-support) and Grace group (for carers who are bereaved or adjusting to change as their loved one has entered residential care).

    These support groups take place on the last Wednesday of every month between 10.30am-12.30pm.

    Come along and enjoy a friendly chat or just relax, with free tea and coffee.

    A chance to get out of the house and meet new people.

    There is a lift for those with mobility issues and there are plenty of parking spots in the area.

    We have regular guest speakers and plans for trips to places such as Chatsworth.

    Activities including crafts, photographic courses and a book club are also being considered.

    You’ll receive a very warm welcome.

    If you’re interested in attending, please call Paul on 01332 200 002

    Derby Carers Group (Guise Group) enjoy a fun quiz at the city’s Cosy Club.

  • Carer Success Story

    Carer Success Story

    Sue Pratt is a Carer for her husband Ted who has been experiencing some age related difficulties with his breathing and mobility.

    As the couple were shopping they came across a stand for Derbyshire Carers Association in Carers week and agreed to have a visit.

    The home visit helped with planning the support for them as a couple, they had a chance to be referred for help and support after a bespoke Carers Assessment.

    Sue mentioned that her main hobby was photography, which she managed to pursue at a local community centre, this gives her time to relax and forget about her caring role. She enjoys the social side and learning more about taking great photographs.

    Sue has been helped to get a Carers budget which has helped her to pursue her hobby and to have some time away from the pressures of caring. It is a hobby she can pick up while her husband is resting, for example she is able to tinker on the computer with the photographs she has taken.

    On good days they have been out to visit local places of interest or the NEC photography exhibition.
    Having the support from Derbyshire Carers group at Swadlincote has made them feel supported, and at a recent event at the group Sue took her camera along to take some pictures of the group which she has had framed.

    She first came across Derbyshire Carers when she met one of our support workers Lisa on a stall in a supermarket, Lisa registered her with Derbyshire Carers and has done several visits to Sue with a view to seeing what help and support Sue needed.

    As a result of these conversations Lisa determined that Sue has a lifelong passion for photography. Lisa helped sue to get a Carers budget to pay for photography related equipment and to enable her to do a course that runs near to her house.

    Sue is grateful for the money and says that having a hobby helps her cope with the pressures of caring. When Ted has a rest Sue can tinker on the computer with her photographs which helps her day along.
    When Ted is well enough he takes Sue out to places to do some photography including a trip to the NEC photograph event.

    Sue now attends our support group and has used her skills in photography to photograph the group and produce some framed pictures for the group.

  • Derby County Collection

    Derby County Collection

    On Saturday 9th February Derbyshire Carers were invited to do a collection at Derby County Football Club for the Young Carers we support.

    Staff and volunteers (whom included some young carers) braved the cold to raise a whopping £625.99 for young carers.

    A big thank you to all the fans from both teams who donated.

    As part of the day Derby County generously gave us some free tickets for the game so that the volunteers could enjoy the match after the collection.

    And DCFC won 2-0 to complete the day

  • Health Watch Questionnaire

    Health Watch Questionnaire

    Healthwatch have a carers questionnaire, they are asking carers questions that they are using to gather feedback from people.
    If you know of anyone who would like to complete this, including yourself, please pass it on.

    contact Sharon Mellors, Healthwatch Engagement Officer South if you want more information

    Suite 14, Riverside Business Centre Foundry Lane, Milford Derbyshire, DE56 0RN

    Tel: 01773 880786 Mob: 07943505261

    Click here to download the questionnaire

    Completed questionnaire’s can be sent to Healthwatch Derbyshire, Suite 14, Riverside Business Centre Foundry Lane, Milford Derbyshire, DE56 0RN

  • Carers in Employment

    Carers in Employment

    There are a complex set of challenges when supporting Carers to remain in or return to the workforce, but the Carers in Employment Project has highlighted the importance of raising the profile of working Carers as a group in the workplace.

    Below is an article published by the BBC highlighting the huge demands of a caring role whilst being employed.

    BBC article

    Our Carers in Employment project will help both employers and employees to benefit from using existing opportunities, such as the right to request flexible working.

    The project has also shown that initiatives like this one can add value to the working practices of SME’s.

    This is because they are less likely than larger employers to have established HR policies and practices to support working Carers.

    The project will raise employer awareness of the realities facing working Carers, encourage more supportive workplace cultures and reduced conflict between staff over work adjustments for Carers.

    Advocacy and support work services provided by our project will also help working Carers cope better at crucial ‘tipping points’ or domestic crises that otherwise were likely to have had a more detrimental effect on maintaining the balance of care and work.

    Click here to find out more about the project

  • Young Carers Awareness Day 2019

    Young Carers Awareness Day 2019

    Young Carers Awareness Day

    Each year Carers Trust organises a national Young Carers Awareness Day. This year the day will take place on Thursday 31 January 2019.

    The purpose of the day is to raise public awareness of the challenges faced by young people because of their caring role, and to campaign for greater support for young carers and their needs.
    The theme for this year is Young Carers mental health.

    Here at Derbyshire Carers Association we provide the Young Carers Service for young carers across the county of Derbyshire.

    Who are young carers?

    A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

    How many young carers are there?

    There are 800,000 secondary school pupils in England with a caring role.
    This means there are six young carers in every secondary school classroom.

    What might a Young Carer do?

    • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework or shopping.
    • Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.
    • Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed.
    • Personal care, such as helping someone dress.
    • Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
    • Helping to give medicine.
    • Helping someone communicate.
    • Looking after brothers and sisters.

    As part of our work with Young Carers we recently had the Young Carers we support take part in a music project.
    This project was a series of workshops where the Young Carers wrote, recorded and produced their own song, they also have made a video for this song.
    To celebrate Young Carers Awareness Day, the group will be interviewed on local radio. You can hear them on the radio and maybe catch their song being played on the following shows on Thursday 31st January.
    BBC Radio Derby – Sally Pepper show between 9am and 12pm
    • Amber Sound – Trevor Middleton show around 7.15pm

    Support for Young Carers

    You can find out more about the support we offer for Young Carers by following the link below

    Click here…

    Some photos of the music project

  • Annual health checks - Learning disabilities

    Annual health checks - Learning disabilities

    Anyone aged 14 or over who’s on their GP’s learning disability register can have a free annual health check once a year.

    You can ask to go on this register if you think you have a learning disability. You do not need to be diagnosed with a learning disability to be on the register.

    The learning disability register is different from the register of social care needs managed by local councils.

    Check with your GP practice if you or the person you care for is on the register.

    To find out more go to the NHS website ….

  • 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.

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