Carers News - Derbyshire - Carers Week Special

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Carers in Derbyshire

Carers News - Derbyshire 

Edition 2 - June 2019

Carers Week 2019 Special 

We hope to share news, information and events relevant to unpaid / family carers. Please let us know what you'd like to hear more about in future editions. You can email:

Please share this newsletter with any unpaid carers you know who support someone living in Derbyshire.

In this issue

Carers Week - Events in Derbyshire


Next week (10 to 16 June) is Carers Week which is an annual campaign led by Carers UK.

The week helps to raise awareness of caring, highlights the challenges unpaid carers face and recognises the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

Carers Week also helps people who have caring responsibilities but don't necessarily identify themselves as a 'carer' so they can access much-needed information and support.

The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to raise awareness and organise activities and events throughout the UK.

There's a whole host of events and activities happening in Derbyshire, including:

  • Information and treats, Monday 10 June - Chesterfield Royal Hospital (CRH NHS FT)
  • Soap making workshops, Monday 10 June - Derby (Derbyshire Carers)
  • Take a break carers event, Tuesday 11 June - Chesterfield (Derbyshire Carers & BME Forum)
  • Candle making workshop, Wednesday 12 June - Bakewell (Derbyshire Carers)
  • Carers breakfast, Wednesday 12 June - Petersham, Long Eaton (Derbyshire County Council)
  • Carers information market, Thursday 13 June - Swadlincote (Derbyshire Carers & DCC)
  • Carers afternoon event, Thursday 13 June - Hartington Unit, Chesterfield Royal Hospital (Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Cromford Canal boat trip, Friday 14 June - Cromford (Derbyshire Carers)
  • Mercia Marina boat trip, Wednesday 19 June - Willington (Derbyshire Carers)

There will also be chances for carers to get information and advice about support from local professionals at information stands, including:

  • Bakewell Market, Monday 10 June (Derbyshire Carers)
  • Chapel-en-le-Frith Library, Thursday 13 June - morning (Derbyshire Carers & Derbyshire County Council)
  • New Mills Library, Thursday 13 June - afternoon (Derbyshire Carers & Derbyshire County Council) 

Find out more about all the events and information stands, including times, venues and how to book on our website

Carers Week - #UnitedForCarers


In Derbyshire local health, social care and voluntary sector organisations are working together to help ensure unpaid carers receive the information, advice and support they need.

This includes working to make sure front line health and social care staff understand the needs of carers and have the information and skills to support them effectively. 

During Carers Week the organisations will be posting on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #UnitedForCarers so please follow on social media and get involved.

If you're a carer who'd like to find out more about this work and/or make suggestions on the focuses and work-streams of the partnership, please contact 

You can follow us on Twitter at: @CarersinDerbys and on Facebook @CarersinDerbyshire

Carers Week - Getting Carers Connected


This year the focus for Carers Week is 'Getting Carers Connected'

Caring can be rewarding but carers often find their role impacts on their health and wellbeing, relationships with family and friends, finances and employment. 

This year Carers UK are asking people and organisations to come together to help carers get connected to information and support in their local communities. 

Connected to information and advice

The Carers in Derbyshire website is packed full of information and advice for carers, including details of local organisations who can offer support.

Connected to services

Derbyshire Carers Association are the lead provider of carer support services in Derbyshire. They provide information and advice, run support groups, carry out Carer Assessments and award Carer Personal Budgets (subject to eligibility). Give them a call on tel: 01773 833833.

You'll also find lots more helpful local services on the Carers in Derbyshire website as well as information about getting support for the person you care for

Connected to family and friends

Looking after someone can have a big impact on relationships, in both good and bad ways and it can be difficult to know how to deal with it all. On the Carers in Derbyshire website you'll find advice on dealing with changing relationships as well as information about the Relate Counselling Service which provides family and relationship counselling in Derbyshire. 

Connected to others, including other carers

Many carers find that talking to others who understand what they are going through can be a really good source of support. There are many carer support groups in Derbyshire as well as online carer communities you can access.  

Connected to technology

There are lots of apps and technology available that can help carers, with new things being developed all the time. You may also wish to find out about community alarms and telecare systems

You'll find lots more information and advice aimed at supporting carers living in Derbyshire on our website.

What do Carers Want? - Carer Engagement Events

Do you look after a family member or friend? Are you tired of repeating yourself with nobody listening ?


Creative Carers are hosting an event for carers which will be held in Chesterfield on Wednesday 26 June from 10.30am to 2pm.

The aim of the event is to speak with one voice about what carers want locally and all carers are welcome to attend. 

The event will include:

  • Free lunch
  • Workshops
  • Relaxation
  • Creative sessions                       
  • Free limited parking
  • Cared for welcome                                                

The event will be held at: University of Derby - Chesterfield Campus, 2 Sheffield Rd, Chesterfield, S41 7LL

This event will feed into the work of Derbyshire County Council, Joined up Care Derbyshire (which brings health and social care organisations together across Derbyshire) and Derby University.

If you are interested in attending you must book - please contact tel: 01332 227711 or e-mail

There will also be a sister event held in Derby City on Friday 26 July.

Stub Out and Save Campaign


Derbyshire County Council are encouraging people to Stub Out and Save by quitting smoking with their free Live Life Better Derbyshire service.

There’s many reasons that may motivate people to quit for good. From saving money to breathing more easily, reducing the impacts of passive smoking to having more energy.
Smoking poses a serious health risk and can lead to cancer, strokes, heart attacks and other potentially fatal conditions but it’s also an expensive habit with people spending on average around £250 every month.
Why not stub out and see what you can save – whether that’s money, your health or your quality of life.
Live Life Better Derbyshire offers a free, 12 week, stop smoking support service.
It’s open to all Derbyshire residents and offers one-to-one and group support at venues across the county.
The service offers:

  • Free NRT including patches, lozenges and gum
  • Access to prescription only medications
  • One to one support across the county
  • Telephone support
  • Advice, information and quit tips

To find out more call tel: 0800 085 2299 or visit