Support for carers

A carer is someone who provides support to family or friends who could not manage without this help.

Anyone can become a carer, and carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be any age.

There are nearly six million unpaid carers in the UK. You are a carer if you provide unpaid support with day to day living tasks or personal care to a family member or friend. Those you care for could be ill, frail, disabled, suffer from poor mental health.

The Carers in Derbyshire website has been developed by a partnership of experienced family carers, health services, voluntary sector organisations, including Derbyshire Carers Association, and Derbyshire County Council Adult Care.

Carers in Derbyshire aims to give unpaid carers who live in Derbyshire reliable, up-to-date information and advice about topics including:

  • carers assessments and eligibility
  • carers breaks, including carer personal budgets
  • a searchable directory of services for carers including support groups, sitting services and social activities
  • carers rights
  • health and wellbeing advice
  • benefits for carers
  • support for young and parent carers
  • advice on planning for an emergency

Carers in Derbyshire has information on how to get help in a crisis.

Carers Speak video

To mark Carers Rights Day in November 2019, Carers in Derbyshire spoke to local carers asking them about their caring roles, the support they received – good and bad – from health and social care staff, and how they manage their own wellbeing. They were also asked what matters to them most. A video has been produced with the responses.

Watch the Carers Speak video.