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  • 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

  • Annual health checks - Learning disabilities

    Annual health checks - Learning disabilities

    Anyone aged 14 or over who’s on their GP’s learning disability register can have a free annual health check once a year.

    You can ask to go on this register if you think you have a learning disability. You do not need to be diagnosed with a learning disability to be on the register.

    The learning disability register is different from the register of social care needs managed by local councils.

    Check with your GP practice if you or the person you care for is on the register.

    To find out more go to the NHS website ….

  • Visit by Princess Anne

    Yesterday we were privileged to have a visit from Princess Anne to celebrate 30 years of DCA supporting Carers in Derbyshire.
    People from the local community came out in force to welcome her to Ripley.
    Once inside the Princess met many of the Carers we support and spoke at length with them about their caring role.
    The Carers were very happy to meet her and expressed afterwards how knowledgeable she was about Carers issues and how down to earth she was.

    Ripley and Heanor news article

  • Young Carers Support Derby

    Young Carers Support Derby

    Young Carers support and advice in Derby.

    The project is for young carers who are under the age of 18.

    If you or someone you know is under 18 and a young carer and would like the chance to get together, have fun and access some support then contact them on …

    01332 641 017

  • Living with a long term condition

    Living with a long term condition

    The Living Well with a Long Term Condition (LWLTC)Programme has new dates for 2019.

    The Living with A Long Term Condition (LWLTC) programme is for anyone living in Derbyshire who has one or more long-term health conditions such as asthma, arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), depression, diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart disease, sickle cell, HIV, ME/chronic fatigue, chronic pain or any other condition. The course is also available and proven beneficial for carers of someone living with a long term condition. The course is designed to help participants cope with their health condition and improve their quality of life.

    LWLTC is a free 6-week course that can help a person to take more control of their health by learning new skills and strategies to manage their condition on a daily basis. The course focuses on what a person can do, rather than what they can’t. Each session is one day a week and lasts two and a half hours. There is one session a week and refreshments are provided.

    Topics covered include:

    Dealing with symptoms like pain and tiredness
    Coping with depression or feeling low
    Relaxation techniques
    Physical activity
    Healthy eating
    Communicating with family, friends and health professionals
    Planning for the future
    Setting realistic goals and pacing yourself

    The course is run by two trained tutors who themselves live with long-term conditions. They can give practical advice based on their own life experiences.

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