Carers News - Derbyshire - Carers News Edition 3

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Carers in Derbyshire

Carers News - Derbyshire 

Edition 3 - July 2019

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

Crikey it's hot - tips to help you #BeatTheHeat


With the weather being scorching, Life Live Better Derbyshire have gathered some top tips to help you #BeatTheHeat

This heat has got many of us struggling but for those who are elderly, frail, disabled or ill it can be a real health risk. 

Check out Live Life Better Derbyshire's tips on keeping cool, plus advice on heat exhaustion and heat stroke, here

Joined Up Care Derbyshire Citizens Panel


Want to have your say on health and care in Derbyshire?

Why not get involved and be part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire's Citizens Panel? 

JUCD has developed the Citizens’ Panel to ensure that they can listen to and learn from local residents. By sharing your feedback and opinions on health and care services, you can help them to design services that take into account ‘what matters to people’, on a range of topics related to health and care services.

Panel members will be contacted through the year to input their views. You will also be invited to take part in a range of surveys, and there will be focus groups, working groups or committees that you can choose to attend in person. 

See the Joined Up Care Flyer  for more information.

Derbyshire Carers Association events and training

Derbyshire Carers have lots of free events coming up over the next few months


Pamper and relaxation days

  • Darley Dale - 11 September
  • Derby - 20 September
  • Glossop - 24 September
  • Bolsover - 25 September

First Aid Training

  • Bolsover - 9 October
  • Ripley - 5 November

Moving and Handling training 

  • Ripley - 6 August
  • Hilton - 10 September
  • Shirebrook - 1 October
  • Darley Dale - 17 October
  • Bolsover - 6 November

Headway Brain Injury ID Card

Do you support someone with a brain injury?

Headway's Brain Injury ID card is designed to help those with a brain injury communicate with people, such as the police and staff in shops and restaurants.

Each card is personalised, helping the card holder to explain the effects of their brain injury and request any support they may need.

Find out more on the Headway website

Dates for your diary - Skills Fest


Are you a parent / parent carer? 

This year's Skills Fest will be held on:

  • 18 September - Proact Stadium Chesterfield 
  • 25 & 26 September - Derby Arena.

The event is organised by Derbyshire County Council and supported by Derby City Council.

It is aimed at students aged 13 to 19, particularly those in Year 11 who are considering their options after school.

In addition to general careers advice, there will be sessions and activities aimed at young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Workshops for Carers who support someone with an eating disorder

first steps

First Steps is an eating disorder charity based in Derbyshire.

Supporting someone with an eating disorder can be extremely tough, especially as the support and understanding carers give can be crucial in helping their loved one.

From October 2019 First Steps will be running a series of 4 week Skills for Carers workshops

These workshops help carers develop skills for tackling eating disorder difficulties, focusing on warmth, empathy and self-reflection. The workshops will help carers learn how to reduce resistance to change by directing people in a gentle, non-confrontational way towards finding their own solutions. The workshops will cover different caring styles including the new Maudsley Method.

All First Steps workshops are delivered by their team of expert trainers, specialising in eating disorder management.  First Steps is also able to provide support materials in various formats.

The workshops will be held at the First Steps base at 16 Agard Street, Derby, DE1 1DZ. If you regsiter for the workshops you must be willing to attend all 4 sessions.

You can find out more, including dates and how to book on the First Steps website.

Sheffield University - study on use of mobile apps by carers


Sheffield University are a carrying out a study looking at the use of mobile apps by carers of older adults.

Whether you currently use mobile apps to assist your caring role or not, the team at Sheffield would really appreciate it if you could spend 10 mins completing their online survey.

Other News from around Derbyshire

Sinfonia Viva Carers Choir

Sinfonia Viva's Chesterfield Carers Choir is going from strength to strength - find more info and dates on our website

Learning Disability Week Flash Mob

Did you catch the fantastic Flash Mob in Belper to celebrate Learning Disability Week? If not, watch it on our YouTube channel here.

Derbyshire Safe Place Scheme is 10!

Derbyshire County Council's Safe Place Scheme is celebrating its 10 year anniversary. Did you know the scheme is now open to anyone who feels they may benefit, and not just those with a learning disability? Find out more here.

NHS England immunisations survey 

Parents are advised to immunise their children to protect them from preventable diseases but in the UK we're starting to see a decline in immunisation uptake. The NHS want to know why this might be. Can you help? If so, please fill in their short online survey here

Emollient cream safety warning 

It's important to be aware of the fire safety risks if you, or the person you care for, needs moisturising creams. Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Board have produced a poster with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service to raise the awareness of the fire risk when using emollients as many of them are flammable. 

Derbyshire Time Swap awarded quality mark

The Derbyshire Time Swap scheme was been awarded the Timebanking UK Quality Mark. The  quality mark is awarded to timebanking schemes that follow the core values of timebanking - i.e. supporting, celebrating and developing good community links. Find out more about how Time Swap can benefit carers on our blog.

Derbyshire Libraries new digital service

With Derbyshire Libraries' new digital service you can now access more bestselling eBooks, eMagazines & eAudiobooks for free via digital loans on your phone, kindle, tablet, laptop or PC - which is perfect if you love reading but struggle to get out to the library as often as you'd like due to your caring role. 

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