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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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  • Carer Support and pamper day at Clay Cross

    Carer Support and pamper day at Clay Cross

    Carers Support and Pamper Day

    At Clay Cross Social Centre, Market Street, S45 9JE

    WEDNESDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER 2018

    Open to the public from 11am – 2pm

    Come along for your FREE BODY MOT

    BLOOD PRESSURE & HEART RATE, HEIGHT/WEIGHT & BMI, BODY FAT % SKELETAL MUSCLE % VISCERAL FAT %

    FREE HEALTH CHECK THERAPISTS

    ORGANISATIONS FOR SUPPORT AND ADVICE

    REFRESHMENTS

    Supported by Derbyshire Carers Association

    For further information please contact Bob Steer on 01246 864661

  • BRIGHT SIDE COURSES – Taking steps to feeling more positive through learning new skills

    BRIGHT SIDE COURSES – Taking steps to feeling more positive through learning new skills

    The Autumn courses are now available from the Bright Side project, which is offered free by Derbyshire County Council Adult Education Service, to anyone who is experiencing mental health issues, emotional or psychological distress or those feeling socially isolated.

    One in four of us will experience mental health issues in a year. The courses are normally 12 hours long, spread over several weeks.

    They deliver a rich variety of practical and hands on skills, including dancing, singing, cookery, gardening, dry stone walling, relaxation and arts and crafts activities, all delivered in a small friendly and supportive group.

    People with understanding and experience of mental health issues are helping us design the Bright Side project because they know how learning new skills can help.

    Additional support will be provided to help you join in, enjoy yourself and move on.

    East Derbyshire Leaflet

    West Derbyshire Leaflet

    South Derbyshire Leaflet

    For more information please contact brightside@derbyshire.gov.uk or call 01629 536 569

  • Heart of Derbyshire Free Cooking on a Budget Courses - More funding agreed!

    Heart of Derbyshire Free Cooking on a Budget Courses - More funding agreed!

    Further funding has been agreed for the free ‘Healthy Cooking on a Budget’ courses that were running last year.

    The target groups

    -Adults with learning disabilities
    -Weight management groups
    -Elderly people
    -Carers
    -Food bank users
    -Parents, especially those in deprived areas
    -BME groups
    -Brightside mental health
    -Those at risk of homelessness

    Courses will include:

    -Basic cooking skills
    -An introduction to creating simple and balanced healthy meals using affordable, seasonal and fresh ingredients
    -Understanding the importance of food hygiene, storage and planning
    -Budgeting and food shopping advice

    Courses are approximately 12 hours in length but the delivery of them can be varied to suit the group wanting a course.

    Can be 6 weeks of 2 hrs per week, 4 weeks of 3 hrs a week, etc. The maximum number of people in a group is 8, minimum 5 ideally.

    Venues don’t need to have a perfectly stocked teaching kitchen but a kitchen, even a small one adjacent to a larger room, is needed as each course needs at least 1 oven, a fridge, a couple of sinks and plenty of preparation space

    For more information contact

    email nikki.wright@derbyshire.gov.uk

    or

    tel: 07518 863860.

    Also you can read the leaflet for more information here

  • Young Carers Let off Steam

    Young Carers Let off Steam

    The Young Carers we support were treated to a session at Fitness Factory Chesterfield, they had a wonderful time and by the looks of the photos gave the trainers a run for their money.

  • Derwent stories Butterflies, Bumbles and Picnics

    Derwent stories Butterflies, Bumbles and Picnics

    Umbrella Derby and Derbyshire are putting on this fabulous event for families with children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability.

    Derwent stories Butterflies, Bumbles and Picnics

    Date: Monday 6th August 2018, Darley Park, Derby, 11am – 4pm, so choose a time within that and come and join them. Activities will happen as people are ready for them (see below) – latest time for new arrivals is 3pm
    How to find them: they are aiming to base themselves in the Butterfly Garden or on the lawns hear the Café so head for the Darley Abbey Park Tearooms. For parking, try the car park on Darley St, DE22 1DX
    Cost: the event is free, access to the Park is free and car parking at Darley St is free
    Access: the site has good paths, short grass and some slopes and overall movement is easy
    Booking: no booking necessary, just drop by and join in

    Their plan is for a relaxed day looking at the flowers and insects of the Park. There will be a bumble and butterfly survey to try. You can listen to wildlife stories and add your own, and help them make up some completely new ones. There will be wildlife wanders and chances to draw, sketch, scribble and print the animals and plants we find.

    Bring a picnic to extend your visit and enjoy open spaces, old trees and room to run and roll

    Like all the Derwent Stories events, “Butterflies, bumbles and picnics” is open to anyone but is planned for and structured around families including children with additional needs

    Fiona Ross
    Information, Advice and Family Support Worker
    Umbrella Derby and Derbyshire
    Phone: 01332 785658

    E-mail: fionar@umbrella.uk.net

  • Free Manual Handling Training Glossop

    Free Manual Handling Training Glossop

    Our next free manual handling training for Carers will be in Glossop

    Manual handling training will help support anyone who has physical caring responsibilities for a loved one. This course is specifically designed for the needs of Carers.

    Tuesday 14th August

    1pm—4pm

    Glossop Volunteer Bureau, Bank House, 22 Henry Street, SK13 8BW

  • Family carers propping up the care system – and paying the price

    Family carers propping up the care system – and paying the price

    New research today reveals the growth in the number of people caring for elderly relatives – and the price they pay for caring.

  • Carers in Employment Launch

    Carers in Employment Launch

    Carers in employment
    •Nearly one in eight workers is a Carer
    •One in five carers gives up employment to care

    Today see’s the launch of DCA’s Carers in employment initiative at Mercia Marina, Willington where employers from across the region have come together to see how as employers they can better support their staff who are also unpaid Carers outside the work place.

    There are more than three million people who currently have work and family caring responsibilities within the UK. It is approximated that 1 in 9 of a workforce in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire has unpaid caring responsibilities at any one time. Giving them support to manage unpaid caring alongside their paid work would benefit them, their families and their employer. This work results in British businesses and the UK economy potentially saving up to £1.3 billion a year. (www.gov.uk)

    DCA have teamed up with The University of Derby, Learn Direct and the Chamber of Commerce and other major employers and SME’s to help small and medium enterprises support the Carers employed by them. Supporting Carers in Employment will help valued, trained team members to continue in employment and achieve a realistic work/life balance.

    Employers will be invited to sign a pledge to show their commitment to Carers within their service.
    Employers who sign the Pledge will benefit from free training, resources and ongoing support from DCA. Areas of support will be, but not limited to new company policy covering the new rights for Carers in employment, working and caring and support available within the wider community for Carers.

    Scott Knowles, Chief Executive, East Midlands Chamber
    “Where possible, carers should be encouraged to remain in work and encouraged to progress their careers. Employers should be encouraged to develop flexibility to ensure carers can care and still be valued in their workplace. That is what Carers in Employment is trying to achieve and that is why the Chamber is happy to support it”.

    “The majority of carers are of working age and the peak age for caring (50 – 64) often coincides with the peak of an individual’s career. One in five people in this age bracket are carers, including one in four women and one in six men”. (Census, 2011)”

    Narinder Sharma, Chief Executive, DCA
    “We are delighted that the Local Enterprise Partnership is making a commitment to workers who are bearing the strain of caring for a loved one. We will help local employers help their employees. It makes business sense for employers to retain their most skilled workers who are juggling with caring issues and work”.

    For more information call DCA on 01773 833 833 or email employers@derbyshirecarers.co.uk

  • Tuesday weekly Very Easy Dementia Friendly Walks

    Tuesday weekly Very Easy Dementia Friendly Walks

    Tuesday weekly Very Easy Dementia Friendly Walks
    Derbyshire Carers, The Peak District National Park, Making Space and Derbyshire Dales Walking for Health are working together to put on regular walks.

    These walks will enable those living with dementia and carers supporting loved ones to enjoy gentle exercise, good company and the great outdoors. We guarantee a warm welcome and a programme of walks designed specifically for you at your pace (30 – 60 mins) If you need someone to support you, please don’t come on your own as unfortunately we can’t offer any additional support.

    Calver (by Church and Bridge Inn) Calver Bridge, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S32 3XA a walk alongside the river* unsuitable for wheelchairs meet 2.00pm on 3 July, 7 Aug, 4 Sept

    Whitworth Centre car park, Dale Rd N, Darley Dale, Matlock DE4 2EQ
    a walk in Whitworth Park and linked cycle tracks meet 2.00pm 10 July, 14 Aug, 11 Sept

    Hassop Station, Hassop Station, Hassop, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1NW
    a short walk along the Monsal Trail meet 2.00pm 17 July, 21 Aug, 18 Sept

    Whitworth Centre car park, Dale Rd N, Darley Dale, Matlock DE4 2EQ
    a walk in Whitworth Park and linked cycle tracks meet 11.00am 24 July, 28 Aug, 25 Sept

  • Carers in Employment

    Carers in Employment

    Carers In Employment
    There are more than three million people who currently have work and family caring responsibilities within the UK. It is approximated that 1 in 9 of a workforce in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire has unpaid caring responsibilities at any one time. Giving them support to manage unpaid caring alongside their paid work would benefit them, their families and their employer. This work results in British businesses and the UK economy potentially saving up to £1.3 billion a year. (www.gov.uk)

    DCA have teamed up with The University of Derby, Learn Direct and the Chamber of Commerce and other major employers and SME’s to help small and medium enterprises support the Carers employed by them.
    Supporting Carers in Employment will help valued, trained team members to continue in employment and achieve a realistic work/life balance.

    To discover more and understand how small measures can make a big difference we are inviting employers to join us at our free, “Carers in Employment” Launch Event on 12th July 2018. Places are limited to two representatives per organisation to ensure as many employers can benefit from this exciting and valuable event.

    This event will combine guest speakers to share local and national knowledge as well as local research projects from the University of Derby. Employers will be invited to sign a pledge to show their commitment to Carers within their service.

    Employers who sign the Pledge will benefit from free training, resources and ongoing support from DCA. Areas of support will be, but not limited to new company policy covering the new rights for Carers in employment, working and caring and support available within the wider community for Carers.

    Scott Knowles, Chief Executive, East Midlands Chamber
    “Where possible, carers should be encouraged to remain in work and encouraged to progress their careers.
    Employers should be encouraged to develop flexibility to ensure carers can care and still be valued in their workplace. That is what Carers in Employment is trying to achieve and that is why the Chamber is happy to support it”.
    “The majority of carers are of working age and the peak age for caring (50 – 64) often coincides with the peak of an individual’s career. One in five people in this age bracket are carers, including one in four women and one in six men”. (Census, 2011)”

    Narinder Sharma, Chief Executive, DCA
    “We are delighted that the Local Enterprise Partnership is making a commitment to workers who are bearing the strain of caring for a loved one. We will help local employers help their employees. It makes business sense for employers to retain their most skilled workers who are juggling with caring issues and work”.

    To book your place at the Carers In Employment Launch Event or for more information
    Please call 01773 833833 or email employers@derbyshirecarers.co.uk

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