Derbyshire Carers Association recognise that the responsibility of caring for someone who cannot manage at home without help often places great physical and emotional strain upon the Carer. Whether you care for someone for a few hours a week or for 24 hours a day, we can offer you a wide range of confidential and independent services, helping you to care. We also campaign for better resources, help with planning of services with appropriate agencies, and liaise with organisations with similar aims.
Read some of our Carer Profiles here to see how we have helped Carers who have contacted us.
We provide a wide range of information to assist you in your role as a Carer. We have information on specific illnesses and disabilities, aids and adaptations, respite care, agency services, holidays, support groups, and carer publications. If we cannot give you the information that you are requesting, we will certainly do our best to find it for you as quick as possible.
We realise the importance of individual support. You may wish to talk privately, face to face, and we can arrange to visit you in your own home or some other suitable venue to discuss whatever you wish.
We can also offer you telephone support, for times when perhaps you may have a problem you want to talk through with someone, or you may simply wish to talk about your feelings and needs
Our Area Co ordinators can act as advocate for you - supporting you, or speaking on your behalf - whilst attending meetings with you. We can support you by telephone to obtain services for you as a Carer.
DCA has established Support Groups throughout the county to support Carers locally. These groups give Carers the opportunity to discuss problems and share experiences together in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, and they also organise social events on occasions.
CRISIS SUPPORT LINE
A 24 hour a day, 7 day a week, Crisis Support Line is operated by trained staff who will speak to you in confidence. Telephone 01332 364444 for this service. This service is operated by the Derby Samaritans
More information, including a printed information pack, is available from our Head Office.