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  • Mental Health Support for Young Carers

    Mental Health Support for Young Carers

    We are very pleased to announce…. That DCA has been awarded a large grant from “Children in Need”, this has been awarded to enable us to employ a specialist Mental Health support worker for 3 years to give additional support to our young carers, for those experiencing mental health issues or are caring for a family member with mental health issues.

    The project aims to improve understanding of the cared for’s condition, help them to develop coping strategies, build Mental Health resilience and emotional wellbeing. It will also help them to identify their own mental health needs and to seek the support for those needs.
    Through the project we will recognise the early signs and symptoms of poor mental health and help reduce social isolation for our Young Carers by building better social interaction for peer support and build greater positive relationships, both at home, in school and out in the wider community.

    Young people’s mental health is deservedly a hot topic, young carers in particular are known to experience isolation, stress, stigma and other issues that lead to poor mental health which can impact on their role as a Carer and specifically on their health and wellbeing.

    Those with the highest level of caring are much more likely to have negative feelings about their caring role and to have physical and psychological symptoms, having specialist support is important to them coping.

    Around a third of young carers, care for someone with a mental health condition and go unidentified and unsupported because the illness is less visible.

    Caring for someone with a mental health condition they are more reluctant to tell anyone due to the fear of stigmatisation, and are more fearful due to the unpredictable and intermittent nature of mental health causing them great distress.

    Having a specialist worker to support both the Young Carer and their family’s needs is vital to improving the lives of young carers.

    A survey of 348 young carers found 48% said being a young carer made them feel stressed and 44% said it made them feel tired.

    A survey of 61 young carers in school found that 38% had mental health problems.

    A Carers Trust survey of young adult carers found that 45% reported mental health problems.

  • Fundraising Success for DCA

    Fundraising Success for DCA

    DCA have been tirelessly working to raise more funds to be able to put on more fun activities for the Carers we support. Recently we have been very successful in gaining some funds for different areas of support as highlighted below:-

    Bolsover Rotary Club have very kindly rewarded a grant of £500 to Bolsover Young Carers for a Chatsworth Christmas visit, this will enable the Young Carers to have a fun day out and get a break from their caring responsibilities.

    Amber Valley Soroptomists International raised £150 towards activities for our Young Carers in the Amber Valley, this will go towards putting on more activities for them during school holidays.

    Here at Derbyshire Carers we are thrilled to receive £200 from #RichmondCareHome to help fund activities for the adult Carers we support, we hope to use this to put on some more pamper days.

    The National Lottery have awarded a grant to fund a Befriending Project Worker – Rural to continue to develop the Telephone Befriending Service (for the Carers we support in rural areas & who have the greatest risk of isolation and loneliness), this job is currently being advertised on our website.

    The National Lottery also awarded us a community fund for Young Carers this will go towards preventing social isolation of Young Carers.

    The Edward Gostling Foundation have given us some money to fund more activities for our Young Carers Project.

    Children in Need have also awarded us a grant for a Young Carers Mental Health worker which we have recently recruited for.

    Alvaston WI have given us £175 to help support the Young Carers.

    The Mayor of Ripley gave funds to help us provide additional emotional support to the Young Carers.

    Rothera Sharp has also kindly donated funds to support the Young Carers service.

    The Mary Potter Hospital Trust gave a grant to support a specific family that we support who was in crisis.

    We are continually working to raise unrestricted funds out in our community and if you can help us to fundraise or donate please contact Amanda – Amanda.gowing@derbyshirecarers.co.uk or ring 01773 833 833

  • Young Carers at John Port Spencer Academy

    Young Carers at John Port Spencer Academy

    Last week as part of Carers Week the Young Carers team delivered workshops with students in year 10 and year 12 at John Port Spencer Academy.

    This is the launch of our new Young Carers Champions programme, training the school’s prefects so that they can take the lead raising awareness of young carers in their school.

    The students explored what a young carer is and how the role might affect them.

    They then agreed on actions they can take as a group to promote conversations about young carers through their role as prefects.

    The students were fabulous and we’re excited about the project and being involved with the school.

  • Young Carers Awareness Day 2019

    Young Carers Awareness Day 2019

    Young Carers Awareness Day

    Each year Carers Trust organises a national Young Carers Awareness Day. This year the day will take place on Thursday 31 January 2019.

    The purpose of the day is to raise public awareness of the challenges faced by young people because of their caring role, and to campaign for greater support for young carers and their needs.
    The theme for this year is Young Carers mental health.

    Here at Derbyshire Carers Association we provide the Young Carers Service for young carers across the county of Derbyshire.

    Who are young carers?

    A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

    How many young carers are there?

    There are 800,000 secondary school pupils in England with a caring role.
    This means there are six young carers in every secondary school classroom.

    What might a Young Carer do?

    • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework or shopping.
    • Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.
    • Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed.
    • Personal care, such as helping someone dress.
    • Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
    • Helping to give medicine.
    • Helping someone communicate.
    • Looking after brothers and sisters.

    As part of our work with Young Carers we recently had the Young Carers we support take part in a music project.
    This project was a series of workshops where the Young Carers wrote, recorded and produced their own song, they also have made a video for this song.
    To celebrate Young Carers Awareness Day, the group will be interviewed on local radio. You can hear them on the radio and maybe catch their song being played on the following shows on Thursday 31st January.
    BBC Radio Derby – Sally Pepper show between 9am and 12pm
    • Amber Sound – Trevor Middleton show around 7.15pm

    Support for Young Carers

    You can find out more about the support we offer for Young Carers by following the link below

    Click here…

    Some photos of the music project

  • Young Carers at Chatsworth

    Young Carers at Chatsworth

    Recently we took some of the Young Carers we support to Chatsworth for the day to see the Christmas market and to see the wonderful displays inside the house and gardens.

    They has a wonderful day and enjoyed their break away from their Caring responsibilities.

  • Young Carers Music Project

    Young Carers Music Project

    Our young carers music project (phase 1) got underway recently, at Hearing help in Ripley.

    Our Amber Valley young carers project was kindly funded by Public Health, Amber Valley Locality Fund.

    Our young carers spent 2 days with professional music teachers and musicians (phase 1) and have now written the song and music, ready for phase 2 of the project, which entails the young carers having a day in a recording studio with the Derby Rock Choir.

    Phase 3 will see them be producing a music video to accompany the song and a documentary .

    Phase 4 will be an evening launch event with the Rock Choir to showcase the wonderful work, where we hope to raise finds to be able to continue similar projects like this for more of our young carers across the county.

    Phase 5 Will be the promotion of this project, hopefully being aired on local radio stations, local tv, publicised on “you tube”, and sold on itunes.

    Phase 6 – The skies the limit!!!

  • Young Carers in the news

    Young Carers in the news

    Young Carers have become a major discussion point in the main stream media and there have been several articles in the media over the last week, here are some of those articles.

    A BBC study suggests the number of children acting as carers at home is rising. They asked the Children’s Commissioner why…

    Hundreds of thousands of children across England are caring for an adult. Many make sacrifices and miss out on parts of their childhood because they are desperate to help a parent who is sick or disabled. This is the story of Katie and her mother Charlotte

  • Young Carers Let off Steam

    Young Carers Let off Steam

    The Young Carers we support were treated to a session at Fitness Factory Chesterfield, they had a wonderful time and by the looks of the photos gave the trainers a run for their money.

  • Young Carers School Award

    Young Carers School Award

    On Wednesday 13th June, Derbyshire Carers Association presented Ripley Junior School with their Level 2 Derbyshire Young Carers School Award.

    They are the first school in the county to achieve this award and have done brilliantly developing their practice and policy for identifying and supporting Young Carers.

    A huge congratulations to them all.

    In the photograph are, Jen Clarke (Headteacher), Helen Yates (DCA School Liaison Worker)
    , Mrs Woodward (Deputy Headteacher), David Heald (Senior School Improvement Advisor DCC)

  • Young Carers University Trip

    Young Carers University Trip

    Earlier this week the Young Carers we support went on a day trip to Nottingham University.

    The purpose of the trip was to show them what the University has to offer them.

    The trip was also a chance for the University to explain to the Young Carers how they will be supported as Carers if they choose to go to University.

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