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  • One Year Celebration

    One Year Celebration

    On Friday 21st September DCA will be celebrating achievements in the first year of both our County Adult Carers Service and Young Carers Service.

    We will be hosting an information and activity day at the Postmill Centre, South Normanton between 10.00 and 1.00. We will be joined by many organisations who offer information, advice and services for Carers.

    The Post Mill Centre
    Market Street
    South Normanton
    DE55 2EJ

    Friday 21st September 2018 10.00-1.00

    Relaxation and therapy treatments available. Art Therapy sessions

    Refreshments available.

    Carers and Professionals welcome.

    Book a place 01773 833833

  • Carer Support and pamper day at Clay Cross

    Carer Support and pamper day at Clay Cross

    Carers Support and Pamper Day

    At Clay Cross Social Centre, Market Street, S45 9JE


    Open to the public from 11am – 2pm

    Come along for your FREE BODY MOT





    Supported by Derbyshire Carers Association

    For further information please contact Bob Steer on 01246 864661

  • BRIGHT SIDE COURSES – Taking steps to feeling more positive through learning new skills

    BRIGHT SIDE COURSES – Taking steps to feeling more positive through learning new skills

    The Autumn courses are now available from the Bright Side project, which is offered free by Derbyshire County Council Adult Education Service, to anyone who is experiencing mental health issues, emotional or psychological distress or those feeling socially isolated.

    One in four of us will experience mental health issues in a year. The courses are normally 12 hours long, spread over several weeks.

    They deliver a rich variety of practical and hands on skills, including dancing, singing, cookery, gardening, dry stone walling, relaxation and arts and crafts activities, all delivered in a small friendly and supportive group.

    People with understanding and experience of mental health issues are helping us design the Bright Side project because they know how learning new skills can help.

    Additional support will be provided to help you join in, enjoy yourself and move on.

    East Derbyshire Leaflet

    West Derbyshire Leaflet

    South Derbyshire Leaflet

    For more information please contact or call 01629 536 569

  • Heart of Derbyshire Free Cooking on a Budget Courses - More funding agreed!

    Heart of Derbyshire Free Cooking on a Budget Courses - More funding agreed!

    Further funding has been agreed for the free ‘Healthy Cooking on a Budget’ courses that were running last year.

    The target groups

    -Adults with learning disabilities
    -Weight management groups
    -Elderly people
    -Food bank users
    -Parents, especially those in deprived areas
    -BME groups
    -Brightside mental health
    -Those at risk of homelessness

    Courses will include:

    -Basic cooking skills
    -An introduction to creating simple and balanced healthy meals using affordable, seasonal and fresh ingredients
    -Understanding the importance of food hygiene, storage and planning
    -Budgeting and food shopping advice

    Courses are approximately 12 hours in length but the delivery of them can be varied to suit the group wanting a course.

    Can be 6 weeks of 2 hrs per week, 4 weeks of 3 hrs a week, etc. The maximum number of people in a group is 8, minimum 5 ideally.

    Venues don’t need to have a perfectly stocked teaching kitchen but a kitchen, even a small one adjacent to a larger room, is needed as each course needs at least 1 oven, a fridge, a couple of sinks and plenty of preparation space

    For more information contact



    tel: 07518 863860.

    Also you can read the leaflet for more information here

  • 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.

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