Towards Work Program

25 September 2018

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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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


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