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  • Carer Success Story

    Carer Success Story

    Sue Pratt is a Carer for her husband Ted who has been experiencing some age related difficulties with his breathing and mobility.

    As the couple were shopping they came across a stand for Derbyshire Carers Association in Carers week and agreed to have a visit.

    The home visit helped with planning the support for them as a couple, they had a chance to be referred for help and support after a bespoke Carers Assessment.

    Sue mentioned that her main hobby was photography, which she managed to pursue at a local community centre, this gives her time to relax and forget about her caring role. She enjoys the social side and learning more about taking great photographs.

    Sue has been helped to get a Carers budget which has helped her to pursue her hobby and to have some time away from the pressures of caring. It is a hobby she can pick up while her husband is resting, for example she is able to tinker on the computer with the photographs she has taken.

    On good days they have been out to visit local places of interest or the NEC photography exhibition.
    Having the support from Derbyshire Carers group at Swadlincote has made them feel supported, and at a recent event at the group Sue took her camera along to take some pictures of the group which she has had framed.

    She first came across Derbyshire Carers when she met one of our support workers Lisa on a stall in a supermarket, Lisa registered her with Derbyshire Carers and has done several visits to Sue with a view to seeing what help and support Sue needed.

    As a result of these conversations Lisa determined that Sue has a lifelong passion for photography. Lisa helped sue to get a Carers budget to pay for photography related equipment and to enable her to do a course that runs near to her house.

    Sue is grateful for the money and says that having a hobby helps her cope with the pressures of caring. When Ted has a rest Sue can tinker on the computer with her photographs which helps her day along.
    When Ted is well enough he takes Sue out to places to do some photography including a trip to the NEC photograph event.

    Sue now attends our support group and has used her skills in photography to photograph the group and produce some framed pictures for the group.

  • Derby County Collection

    Derby County Collection

    On Saturday 9th February Derbyshire Carers were invited to do a collection at Derby County Football Club for the Young Carers we support.

    Staff and volunteers (whom included some young carers) braved the cold to raise a whopping £625.99 for young carers.

    A big thank you to all the fans from both teams who donated.

    As part of the day Derby County generously gave us some free tickets for the game so that the volunteers could enjoy the match after the collection.

    And DCFC won 2-0 to complete the day

  • Health Watch Questionnaire

    Health Watch Questionnaire

    Healthwatch have a carers questionnaire, they are asking carers questions that they are using to gather feedback from people.
    If you know of anyone who would like to complete this, including yourself, please pass it on.

    contact Sharon Mellors, Healthwatch Engagement Officer South if you want more information

    sharon.mellors@healthwatchderbyshire.co.uk

    Suite 14, Riverside Business Centre Foundry Lane, Milford Derbyshire, DE56 0RN

    Tel: 01773 880786 Mob: 07943505261

    Click here to download the questionnaire

    Completed questionnaire’s can be sent to Healthwatch Derbyshire, Suite 14, Riverside Business Centre Foundry Lane, Milford Derbyshire, DE56 0RN

  • Carers in Employment

    Carers in Employment

    There are a complex set of challenges when supporting Carers to remain in or return to the workforce, but the Carers in Employment Project has highlighted the importance of raising the profile of working Carers as a group in the workplace.

    Below is an article published by the BBC highlighting the huge demands of a caring role whilst being employed.

    BBC article

    Our Carers in Employment project will help both employers and employees to benefit from using existing opportunities, such as the right to request flexible working.

    The project has also shown that initiatives like this one can add value to the working practices of SME’s.

    This is because they are less likely than larger employers to have established HR policies and practices to support working Carers.

    The project will raise employer awareness of the realities facing working Carers, encourage more supportive workplace cultures and reduced conflict between staff over work adjustments for Carers.

    Advocacy and support work services provided by our project will also help working Carers cope better at crucial ‘tipping points’ or domestic crises that otherwise were likely to have had a more detrimental effect on maintaining the balance of care and work.

    Click here to find out more about the project

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