Our contacts list is only a small selection of the numerous statutory and voluntary organisation contacts throughout the region. Many of these contacts have websites where you can find out more about their services or they are local to where you live and can offer direct support.
National Family Carer Network
Please click here to access the current news bulletin from the National Family Carer Network.
Winter Carers Excursions (2012/2013)
The following are the proposed dates to the trips to the Castle Museum in York.
We propose that we leave York at approximately 4.30pm – 5pm thus returning to Derbyshire at approximately 6.30pm – 7pm.
For more information - Click here
www.mentalhealthcare.org.uk gives reliable and up-to-date information to relatives and friends of people with phychosis. For more information, Please - Click Here
Free Caravan Accommodation
Free caravan accommodation in skegness for carers provided from the Respite Association. For more information: Click Here
Debt and Welfare Benefits Advice for Mental Health Sufferers
To download the leaflet 'Moneywise and Included' which has been produced by the Citizens Advice and Law Centre, please click here.
Derbyshire Community Health Services - Courses about Teenagers and Children
Please click here to download the leaflet.
Free Specialist Legal Advice
Derbyshire Housing Aid as you have always known us has decided to change our name to Direct Help & Advice. This will represent the work we do more accurately to: people who need us, to Statutory Agencies who may need to commission us, and to other organisations in the Voluntary and Private Sector.
The logo at the top of this page will show you who we will be from 1st October. Our new logo has been chosen to represent DHA working with families and individuals and then helping them to move forwards and upwards. We feel this new expanded name will explain what we do in a clearer way that the wider world can understand.
Our brand new Website will be launched during October that you can look at on www.dhadvice.org and all our email addresses will be changing over from housingaid.org.uk to dhadvice.org, but your emails will be forwarded to our new addresses by our IT system.
We are building our external profile with a presence on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Linked In and ipatter and you can keep up with our news on:
Facebook at: www.facebook.com/dha-advice
Twitter at, www.twitter/DHA_Advice
You Tube at, www.youtube.com/dhalegaladvice
And ipatter at, www.ipatter.com/DHACharity
We will be retaining all the great things about DHA; giving us easier access to you all and a greater prominence throughout Derbyshire and the East Midlands.
For more information - Click Here
Free Insulation Grants through EnergyLink
Did you know that 100% free grants are available for Loft & Cavity Wall Insulation to anyone aged 70 or above, or anyone in receipt of certain benefits, tax credits or allowances? For more information - Click Here
Disabled? Looking for a job?
The disability Employement Project is based at Derbyshire County Council. We support disabled people to find training, work experience, voluntary work and paid employement.
We offer the following services:
- Help to match you to the job that's right for you
- Help finding work experience and voluntary work
- Make sure you find out about job vacancies
- Help with selling yourself in your application forms and CV
- Help you prepare for interviews
- Advise you about support in the workplace, such as equipment or other support you may need
You can view more information on this by visiting - The Disabled Employement Project
Befriending in Derbyshire
The Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network has been set up to try and make sure that adults in Derbyshire who need support (for example because of age, disability, illness or social isolation) can access good quality befriending services.
We want individuals and carers to tell us what befriending schemes they have used, what kind of befriending would best meet their needs, and what the barriers might be.
We also want groups who work with vulnerable people to tell us whether they get requests for this kind of support and what they think would work best.
Could you help us by completing a short survey? It should take no more than 5 minutes and can be completed online using the following links:
Questionnaire for individuals and carers
Questionnaire for organisations and community groups
If you would prefer to fill in a paper copy or answer the questions over the telephone please contact Kerrie Fletcher, telephone 01283 219761 or email email@example.com
Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network is being co-ordinated by South Derbyshire CVS in partnership with Derbyshire County Council and covers the whole of the county (excluding Derby City). For more information contact Kerrie using the details above.
INDEPENDENT LIVING - Newsletter
Welcome to the latest Independent Living newsletter. You can read it online by clicking this link
1. Carers Week
2. Bed falls and pressure management
3. What Could Dallas Mean to You?
4. Innovative Charities - Children with Tumours; Festival Spirit
5. Mobility Roadshow Preview
6. Bariatric Care and Other Updates
CLAHRC is a family of health research projects spread across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire that are working to improve people's experience of NHS treatment and recovery. They aim to carry out their work in partnership with people who have personal experience of the relevant health problems. They are now looking to expand their database of people who might be interested in their work, and may be willing to contribute in a variety of ways, such as commenting on a draft leaflet or attending a meeting from time to time to give their views.
COMMUNITY CONNECTORS WANTED
Have you ever thought about becomming a Facilitator/Community Connector in your Community?
Our Futures is a national movement led by disabled people and their family members which aims to share knowledge and positive solutions to end isolation and loneliness, and ensure disabled people can lead good lives with opportunity, choice and control. Please click here for more information and a booking form.
Information for Parent Carers about Short Breaks & Activities for Disabled Children and Young People in Derbyshire
Aiming High in conjuntion with Derbyshire County Council and Stockport CP have produced a booklet with information for parent carers about short breaks and activities for disabled children and young people in Derbyshire (2012-2014). To view the publication, please click here.
Marie Curie Support for people with a life-limiting illness
Accessing the Marie Curie Nursing Service via a new self referral initiative, with the objective of enabling people to access the free nursing service by referring themselves or loved one. For more information please visit their website at www.mariecurie.org.uk
A Charity working to make life better for people with Tourette Syndrome, click here
ALZHEIMERS SOCIETY - Newsletter September 2012
To download the Azheimer's Society June Newsletter, please click on this link.
COMPETITION TO WIN FREE BUS TRAVEL FOR CARERS
The Concessionary Travel Club are offering the opportunity to Carers to win free bus travel on Arriva buses for a week in your area plus a range of other free prizes including membership of the National Trust. To learn more about the competitions here or you can also download a flyer. Competitions are monthly. This is a no cost way to help Carers take a break.
Derbyshire Link want your experiences of the Staveley Centre
Staveley Community Care Centre is a flagship site which is based in Middlecroft, Staveley, Chesterfield. Derbyshire County Council is currently developing a second centre which is combined with and Extra Care housing scheme in Swadlincote. It is anticipated that this will be ready in June 2012. The council is also looking at developing other community care centres across Derbyshire. They want to know what has worked well and what has not worked so well, what can be learnt for the opening of the new centres and what elements of good practice can be transferred to these new centres. They are interested in hearing from people who have used the centre in the last 12 months. They welcome comments from residents, relatives, Carers, people who have used the respite service or any of the day services and also professionals who have any experiences using the centre. Your comments are vital for shaping these centres, ensuring they are what yo want and expect them to be.
Please feel free to contact on 01246 558924 or by letter to : FREEPOT RSTB-ASHY-USTZ, Amber Valley CVS - Derbyshire LINk, Market Place, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3HA or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MACMILLAN MOBILE CANCER INFORMATION AND SUPPORT SERVICE - coming to a site near you
No appointment is necessary, just pop in and see a member of the Macmillan Team, all information is free and completely confidential.
For further information please visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call their free support line on 0808 808 0000
CARERS ASSOCIATIONS AND OTHER USEFUL ORGANISATIONS
Carers UK - the Voice of Carers - Carers provide unpaid care for ill, frail or disabled family members and friends. Carers give so much to society yet they experience ill health, poverty and discrimination. Carers UK is fighting to end this injustice.
Carers Northern Ireland
Crossroads Care - caring for Carers
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
The Enable Group, www.enable-group.org.uk (Enable Housing Association/Enable Care & Home Support)
Amber Valley Borough Council, Carer Support
Amber Valley CVS - Help at Home is a service providing assistance with housework, shopping, gardening etc to those living in the Amber Valley and Erewash areas.
Carewell - a partnership between Bupa, Carers Uk and MEND is new website designed to encourage and support Carers to make positive changes to be healthier and happier.
Derbyshire Coalition for Inclusive Living - Just to let you know that our Disability Derbyshire (DCIL) Qualified Counsellor in your area who can provide the above service through us is Barbara Sloman. We use suitable accessible premises in your area but do not provide counselling in the home. We have British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Accreditation of our Counselling Service.
All our Counsellors are qualified and we only ask for a minimum donation of £2 for each session if that is acceptable to the person. We can see couples by arrangement.
Any Carer wishing to use the service can ring me directly at Disability Derbyshire (DCIL) head office on 01773 740246 and I would arrange to meet them for a counselling assessment.
If you would like counselling leaflets or any more information about the counselling service, please do not hesitate to contact me - Debbie Newton, Counselling & Advocacy Coordinator
Disability Derbyshire (DCIL) 01773 740246 Ext 13
Derbyshire County Council Social Care and Health
Doors open on new £1.5 million short break base for disabled children and their families:-
Link for REACH MAGAZINE:-
Derbyshire Mental Health Trust
Derbyshire Mental Health Carers - A self-help support group for mental health carers in Chesterfield and South Derbyshire. Provides free stress relief sessions from qualified therapists, including emotional support and a break from your caring role.
Derbyshire Mind was established as a local mental health group in 1967, is an independent local association affiliated to the national charity Mind.
The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain. If you hold a Blue Badge, a Disabled Persons Railcard or your're a Motability customer then the Accessible Guide is FREE. The is is £6.99 (inc. p&p) for everyone else. Once you've placed your order, you will also be able to download a free copy of the Guide in audio format. A downloaded form is also available on thier website.
Southern Derbyshire Voluntary Sector Mental Health Forum (SDVSMHF)
Umbrella Volunteer Services
Derby Amputee Club
Derby and District Multiple Sclerosis Society - A group from Derby and Derbyshire who are all linked by multiple sclerosis (MS). We serve all people who have MS (regardless of membership), and those around them: family, carers and friends. Lilian Prime House is a Drop-In Centre for anyone affected by MS, living in Derby and Derbyshire. Call in and meet us on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday or phone Chris Dexter, Centre Manager, on 01332 611810, for informatiom about what's on offer.
Carers Sitting Service - Providing respite care and night sitting service in North East Derbyshire and Bolsover areas. Staffa Health, 189 Birkinstyle Lane, Stonebroom, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 6LD Tel 01773 873581
I would like to introduce myself as the Service Co-ordinator for the Red Cross' Home from Hospital Service.
We offer a short-term (up to 6 weeks) support after hospital discharge to people aged over 50 years. We cover Chesterfield, Bolsover, NE Derbyshire and Derbyshire Dales (north). It's free of charge. Part of our remit is to offer carer relief, I thought I would highlight our service.
If you would like some postcards detailing the service and/or for me to visit the team to explain further, please contact me. Many thanks.
Patsy McGill, Service Co-ordinator Home from Hospital Service, Walton Hospital, Whitecotes Lane
Chesterfield S40 3HW Tel01246 515525
Opening February 2012.
The SENAD Group are pleased to announce the forthcoming opening of Ecclesbourne Lodge a transitional home for adults requiring specialised care and support in Derbyshire.
Ecclesbourne Lodge comprises of a 6 bedroom house and 4 bedroom house, each with their own staff team. The lodge, which is Georgian in appearance, is set in thirteen acres of land, in a semi rural location close to the village of Duffield in Derbyshire and within easy reach of the City of Derby. For more information:Contact our Head office team. Tel: 01332 378 840, choosing option 2 on the automated telephone line. Email: email@example.com Website http://www.senadgroup.com
Carers respite service Derbyshire
The carers respite service is a free service for people suffering from severe dementia and their carers, whether living in the same home or not.
The service offers crisis respite sessions which are usually up to four hours duration, and are short term addition to help already provided by statutory services and other agencies.
The aim of this service it is to help client and carer through particularly difficult times.
The service runs alongside the voluntary community health support service in the Amber Valley.
Offer respite opportunities to Carers see link
Carers Direct is the NHS service for England for those who help look after someone. It provides information, advice and support to unpaid carers.
Government's Pages for Carers
Department for Work and Pensions
DERBYSHIRE CARERS ASSOCIATION is now on Facebook. Keep up to date with what we are doing and interact with Carers from all over Derbyshire.
CARERS UK is on Facebook which aims to keeps you up to date with topics relating to Caring and Carers
The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee
Cancer Carers Support
The Bond Hotel and Holiday Homes, Blackpool
Bladder and Bowel Foundation - a charity providing information and support for people with bladder and bowel control problems, their carers, families and healthcare professionals.
The Care Professionals Benevolent Fund supports current, former and retired care professionals, by providing assistance to relieve financial hardship or sickness.
Carefeesadvice.com contains free help and information about Care fees for elderly people who need long term care.
Tourism for All Can provide a list of accessible hotels, campsites, self-catering properties, activity holidays and group holidays run by charities.
- Treetops Hospice
- Derby Furniture Project
- Derbyshire Racial Equality Council
- Derbyshire Rape Crisis
- Friends of the Nightingale Macmillan Unit
- Myasthenia Gravis Association
- Radio Link - (Derby Hospital Broadcasting)
- Royal School for the Deaf
- Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre
- Derby Kids' Camp
- First Steps
- Derbyshire Association for the Blind