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 developed an online guide to the care system for the over-65s.You can use thier simple tool to find out about care home fees, paying for home care and if you might be eligible for local authority financial support in a few short steps. Users can submit their postcode and find out how much the service may cost 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.
Young Carers Service
The Young CarersmService is run by Derbyshire Carers Association and provides support to Young Carers across the county (Not Derby City).
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. They currently have three groups: Derby, Ripley and Long Eaton
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.