The Carers in Derbyshire website
In recent years carers have said that they’ve found it difficult to know whether the information they found online about support and services was reliable, relevant and up-to-date. Carers in Derbyshire aims to make it easy for carers by being a ‘starting point’ and ‘one stop shop’ for carers who need information and advice about what is available in Derbyshire to support them.
The website has been created by a partnership of unpaid family carers, Adult Care and local health and voluntary sector organisations. A full list of partners is available on the website.
As well as general information about topics such as carers rights, carer assessments, emergency planning and welfare benefits, there is a searchable directory of local services including
- Carer support groups
- Social activities and groups
- drop-in services
- respite and sittings services
- advice lines
A Guide to Carers Services
A guide of useful information on Carers services produced by Derbyshire County Council.
The BBC has launched an online guide to the care system for the over-65s. The “care calculator” covers both residential care and the support provided in people’s own homes, for tasks such as washing and dressing. Users can submit their postcode and find out how much each service costs wherever they live in the UK.
There are nearly six million unpaid carers in the UK. You are a carer if you provide unpaid support with day to day living tasks or personal care to a family member or friend. Those you care for could be ill, frail, disabled, suffer from poor mental health or have a substance or alcohol misuse problem.
Often carers care for more than one person and there may be family situations where, for example, a couple mutually care for each other and there is no main carer.
Derbyshire Carers Association
Whether you care for someone for a few hours a week or for 24 hours a day, Derbyshire Carers can offer you a wide range of confidential and independent services, helping you to care. They also campaign for better resources, help with planning of services with appropriate agencies, and liaise with organisations with similar aims.
Derbyshire Young Carers
Derbyshire Young Carers are part of Action for Children, a national children’s charity committed to helping the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK break through injustice, deprivation and inequality. They cover the entire county of Derbyshire from their base in Chesterfield.
North Derbyshire Mental Health Carers’ Forum
Support for anyone who supports a person with mental health issues. Many of us have experienced the devastating impact mental health problems can have when left in a caring role. They offer vital peer support to carers without the fear of stigma.
Monthly forum meeting (sometimes slightly formal) are held but please do not let this put you off attending you will soon be familiar with it. Carers both past and present are welcome at all the groups, no need for an appointment.
South Derbyshire Mental Health Carers’ Forum
A self help group of people who care or have cared for a relative, friend or neighbour suffering from any form of mental health illness. They meet monthly to offer each other mutual support, advice and understanding in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The Forum is open to past and present mental health Carers living in and around Derby City, Amber Valley, Erewash and South Derbyshire.
Young Carers (Counselling Directory)
Young carers often help with tasks around the home, such as cooking, cleaning, or helping someone to get dressed and move around. Caring for someone may require a lot of physical help, such as helping a disabled relative, though it can also involve providing emotional support for the relative and other family members too. All of this care is often provided while the young person is still in education. Being a young carer can, therefore, impact your life in a huge way.
The information provided via the above link looks at some of these impacts, as well as what rights you hold as a young carer and the types of support that are available.