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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    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

  • Young Carers in the news

    Young Carers in the news

    Young Carers have become a major discussion point in the main stream media and there have been several articles in the media over the last week, here are some of those articles.

    A BBC study suggests the number of children acting as carers at home is rising. They asked the Children’s Commissioner why…

    Hundreds of thousands of children across England are caring for an adult. Many make sacrifices and miss out on parts of their childhood because they are desperate to help a parent who is sick or disabled. This is the story of Katie and her mother Charlotte

  • Derbyshire Healthcare Who Cares Newsletter October 2018

    Derbyshire Healthcare Who Cares Newsletter October 2018

    Derbyshire Healthcare have published the autumn edition of their Who Cares? Newsletter.

    You can read the newsletter online here.

    It has lots of information for carers, including forums, advice lines, upcoming events etc.

  • New Forum for carers and people with learning disability – The Independent Living Action Group

    New Forum for carers and people with learning disability – The Independent Living Action Group

    In August the first meeting of a tentative new forum met in Long Eaton.

    Back in the spring a carer approached me with an idea for a group that would promote good ways of supporting independent living, encourage best practice and monitor service systems already in place.

    This new group’s inaugural meeting was attended by a dozen people which included people with learning disability’s, family carers and voluntary sector organisations.

    Our intention is that the group will have a practical focus and that problems that crop us with regard to developing or maintaining independent living for people who have learning disability can be identified at grass-roots and solutions proposed.

    In this way members of the group can achieve a sense of “ownership” and effective involvement in problem solving and development of independence.

    It was agreed that we would meet again and extend an invitation to carers and people with learning difficulties who have an interest in the issues we are concerned with.

    The next meeting is on Wednesday October 3rd from 11.00 am – 12.30 pm at the Happyivale club at Tamworth Rd., Long Eaton, post code NG103JS.

    For further details please contact Peter Dawson – Learning Disability Engagement Worker, email address: or on 01773 833 833

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