Are you a Carer? We want to support you
If you regularly give unpaid help to a partner, relative, friend or neighbour or disabled child because they are too ill or vulnerable to carry out daily tasks themselves then you are a Carer.
Carers can get ill, stressed and anxious if they are looking after someone without getting help for themselves.
Getting help from your GP
Although there are 118,000 unpaid carers in Derby and Derbyshire, many are not known by their GP. Some people who provide care for others suffer ill health as a result of their caring responsibilities so it is important that you let your GP know that you are looking after someone. GPs can be a valuable source of support. They have a good knowledge of local services and support organisations, and may also be able to provide you with an information pack that tells you more about the kinds of support that are available in your local area.
Support for carers in Derbyshire
If you care for someone who lives in Derbyshire you will find information and advice about support for carers on the Carers in Derbyshire website. The website was created by a partnership of unpaid carers, social care, health and voluntary sector organisations in Derbyshire.
Visit the website to:
- Find out more about carer assessments
- search a directory of services including carer support groups, information services and more
- get help with emergency planning and apply for a Carer Emergency Card
- find details of support for young carers
- learn about benefits for carers
- find out about breaks and respite
- find out more about carers rights
- get advice on looking after yourself
- find out how to have your say
Derbyshire Carers Association (Derbyshire)
Derbyshire Carers Association provide of support services for carers in Derbyshire on behalf of Derbyshire County Council and ourselves. They offer information and advice, carry out carer assessments, administrate carer personal budgets and run carer support groups, training and social activities throughout the county. They also support young carers and run free legal clinics.
You can find out more on the Derbyshire Carers Association website or contact their head office on tel: 01773 833833.
- Derbyshire County Council – Carers information and strategy
- Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust information for carers
Support for Carers in Derby
If you look after someone who lives in Derby City you can find information and advice for carers on the Derby City Council website
Citizens Advice Mid-Mercia – Derby
If you look after someone living in Derby you get information, advice and support from Citizens Advice Mid-Mercia (CAMM). The service offers:
- An information and advice help-line for carers and professionals to access help and support. The help-line is operational Mon-Fri, 09:00-17:00, excluding public holidays. There will be an answerphone for out-of-hours and when the line is busy;
- Bookable in-depth Carers Conversations, should an enquiry require more hands-on support than can be offered over the help-line;
- A full calendar of free well-being activities* designed to keep informal carers feeling physically and mentally well, as well as providing an opportunity for respite and socialisation with others living similar lives;
- A wide-array of free training opportunities* to enable carers to deliver the best and safest care they possibly can, for example, first aid and manual handling;
- Support and advice for setting up and maintaining peer support groups, including help creating social media platforms, arranging events, becoming self-sufficient, and raising money. We will also support in the formation of unique support groups, tailored to specific needs;
- GP clinics and Talking Points drop-in sessions* across Derby City to provide face-to-face support;
- An engaging monthly newsletter, filled with important information, dates for your diary, local services and useful contacts. You can sign up to the newsletter on-line..
* COVID-19 restrictions apply and as a result have limited some of the services’ activities. Please contact us for more information.
To contact CAMM or to find out more about the service
Help-line: 01332 228777 (09:00-17:00, Mon-Fri, excluding public holidays)
A few useful links for carers: