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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  • 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 – .

  • 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 ….

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