Derbyshire Carers Association Blog

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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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  • Carers boat Trip

    Carers boat Trip

    Last week some of the Carers we support went on a boat trip.

    The Carers enjoyed their trip on the boat called Symphony which is designed and equipped to take groups of disabled and/or seriously ill people on day trips, including those in wheelchairs.

    The carers and their cared for were collected by a mini bus arranged by DCA at Asda in Spondon and left at 8.45 – The travel was planned in advance and they arrived at Peter Le Merchant at 9.35 am where they were all greeted by the skipper and his team who were very friendly and attentive.

    It ran from 10am to 4pm and accommodated 14 service users 8 carers and their cared for a relaxing day for everyone to get together have lunch in a friendly and fun environment.

    The carers and their cared for expressed just how much they had enjoyed their day, the meals, and how relaxed they had all felt.

    All of the Carers said they would really like to have more trips like this one as it helped to take their minds off their caring responsibilities.

  • Dementia Friendly Screenings

    Dementia Friendly Screenings

    The Matinée Christmas season of dementia friendly films is on the horizon – and they’ve also got a Western for you next week!

    • Doors open at 1pm, and the film starts at 1.30pm.

    • They do have some money available to assist with transport. Please ring 07449 732322 in advance to arrange this.

    SHIREBROOK: The Magnificent Seven on Fri 26th October 2018.
    CHESTERFIELD: White Christmas on Wed 21st November 2018.
    DRONFIELD: Miracle on 34th Street on Wed 28th November 2018.
    LONG EATON: White Christmas on Wed 5th December 2018.
    SHIREBROOK: White Christmas on Fri 14th December 2018.

  • Carers required for University Study

    Carers required for University Study

    Carers wanted to take part in a study looking at the impact of caring.

    Researchers from the Psychology Department at the University of Derby are working with Derbyshire Carers Association on several projects to better support carers to effectively manage the multiple demands of caring.
    We would like to invite Carers to come and take part in the study looking at the impact of caring and how Carers build resilience.

    Researchers from the University of Derby are happy to meet Carers in their own homes, at the University or at a DCA Centre in Derby, Ripley, New Mills or Chesterfield.

    This will be a chat about how Carers build resilience and cope with their caring responsibilities.

    All research helps DCA as well as other services in planning future support and protecting Carers services.

    If you know of any Carers in Derbyshire that you think would like to take part then please pass on this information.

    For more information or to volunteer to take part please call Angela Bradley at Derbyshire Carers Association on 01773 833833




    This month, around 1,000 carers in Derbyshire, who are selected at random, will receive a copy of a postal questionnaire as part of the Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England (SACE).

    The questionnaire is being sent out by Derbyshire County Council as part of a national survey; all local authorities with responsibility for providing adult social care services are required to run it every two years.

    The survey asks questions about carers’ quality of life and the impact that services have on this. The questionnaire also collects information on the general health and wellbeing of carers.

    The information gathered through the survey is very useful in helping Derbyshire County Council to understand how services might be improved. It also feeds into national official statistics used to compare performance with other local authorities.

    If you receive a questionnaire and have any questions, or need help in completing it, please get in touch; contact details are provided in the letter that is sent out with the questionnaire.

  • New NHS social care and support guide available

    New NHS social care and support guide available

    New NHS social care and support guide available

    NHS Digital has produced a new guide containing information to help those who may need social care, now or in the future, to understand options available to them and how to access services.

    Follow the link …

    Within the guide there is also a section about support for carers.

    Follow the link ….

  • Carers Celebration at Derby Cathedral

    Carers Celebration at Derby Cathedral

    Carers celebration at Derby Cathedral,

    Monday 10th December

    Derby Cathedral
    18-19 Iron Gate, Derby
    DE1 3GP
    1pm – 2.30pm
    To be seated for 12.45pm, service to start at

    For Carers, the people they care for, family, friends and associated professionals.

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

    please book a place if you wish to attend

  • Falls Prevention

    Falls Prevention

    Falls Prevention Information and Advice Event

    Tuesday 6th November 2018 11 am – 3 pm

    Richmond Village Aston on Trent and Age UK Derby and Derbyshire invite
    you to join them for a FREE Falls Prevention Information and Advice event. Find
    out more about preventing falls and staying healthy and active this winter.

     Speak to professionals from a range of different services and
    organisations for advice and information
     Learn about the latest services and products supporting healthy living
    and falls prevention
     Come along to talks from professionals throughout the day
     At 1.30 pm, join them for a FREE taster exercise session in their stunning
    Wellness Spa, to learn more about strength and balance exercises that
    can help prevent falls and support staying active this winter

    For more information contact Rosalind Nicklin
    T: 01332 794306

    Richmond Village Aston on Trent, Richmond Drive, Aston on Trent, Derbyshire, DE72 2EA

  • Towards Work Program

    Towards Work Program

    Towards Work is a strand of the Building Better Opportunities programme, which is jointly funded by the Big Lottery and ESF and aims to remove barriers around employment and skills. It is a programme that can support people who are either unemployed or economically inactive.

    They have capacity to support individuals across Amber Valley who might have barriers to accessing education, training and employment. Towards Work provides bespoke one-to-one support to people to help overcome their barriers and achieve their goals. Support can be offered for up to 12 months and can also support people in work for 3 months. They can work with people from the aged of 16 (or 15 years if NEET or at risk of being NEET) and there is no upper age limit.

    Barriers might be mental or physical health, a low or changing skills set, or could be things like transport or childcare for example.

    To see how this programme has helped others, or to make a referral, please visit the Towards Work website

    If you or your organisation works with individuals who you think would benefit from this support, please either let them know about the programme, or refer them with their consent using the referral form on the Towards Work website.

    If you would like to discuss this or other links that they could make to strengthen referral pathways across Amber Valley, please contact Rosie Morton, Derbyshire Stakeholder Manager by
    or by
    telephone: 07850503171

  • Petition for Companions Bus Pass

    Petition for Companions Bus Pass

    You might be interested in this petition on Derbyshire County Councils website to allow for a disabled person to apply for a companion bus pass in Derbyshire as is in neighboring counties.

    Find out more here ….

  • Success of One Year Celebration Event

    Success of One Year Celebration Event

    Friday 21st September saw the successful celebration of one year in our Adult Carers contract and the Young carers contract.

    A variety of agencies attended to give information and advice to Carers, and to network with each other to help support carers better.

    Carers were treated to free pampering therapy sessions and some delicious cake.

    Year One Report

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