A carer is someone who cares, unpaid for a friend or family member who is dependent on you due to an illness, disability, mental health problem/s or addiction. Often people do not realise they are a carer.
If you are a carer, you have rights to financial help. This includes;
This is the main state benefit for carers. You have to care for someone over 35 hours per week to be eligible for this, and you may not be eligible if you earn over £64.40 in other benefits.
This is a national insurance contribution. It ensures you still get social benefits e.g. a state pension even though there are gaps in your NI records. You can be eligible for this if you care for over 20 hours a week and don’t receive a carer’s allowance.
This is an amount of money paid directly to you to support you in your caring role. A carer personal budget can be approved in a carer’s assessment (see info below), if a carer is over 18 and eligible by national standards. It is issued by Derbyshire Carers Association, for more information visit this page.
It is important to note that it doesn’t mean you are not a carer just because you aren’t eligible for financial support.
As a carer you have the right to receive a carer’s assessment.
To get a carer assessment you can call Derbyshire Carers Association on 01773 833833, they carry out the assessment on behalf of Derbyshire County Council Or you can complete the Carers Emergency Form Card online; through this you can arrange emergency plans as well as arranging a carer’s assessment.
Someone from the Derbyshire Carers Association will arrange to meet with you; they will ask you how you are coping with caring. This includes your mental and physical health, as well as your relationships, work and free time.
The assessments usually take place face to face and last around an hour, however sometimes they are carried out over the phone or online.
For more information on carer’s assessments, please click here.
If you do not qualify your council should give you advice on where to get support in your community. (There is also information on this below).
If you disagree with the result of your assessment or how it was conducted, Derbyshire County Council advices you to speak to your assessor.
Please see the posters below for information on support that is available to you in the local area.
The Care Services Directory gives useful information on paying for care, types of care and information for carers in Derbyshire.
To view the directory please click on the link below;
A national organisation that provides advice and information, connects carers and innovates to find new ways to reach and support carers.
They have a helpline on 0808 808 7777.
Or click here to visit their website.
DCA works in partnership with Derbyshire County Council. They offer various forms of support for adult carers including; information and advice, carer’s assessments and peer support/ carer support groups.
To find out what other services they offer visit their website or give them a call on 01773 833833.
A list of local support groups for Erewash can be found on their website.
Carers Trust East Midlands offer a Nottinghamshire Carers Hub which offers personalised information and support along with free training etc. and carers respite services.
You can visit their website for more information or call Carers Trust on 0115 9628920.
Carers in Derbyshire offer lots of useful information on their website e.g. information on carers rights. Including a carer’s directory which list organisations that can help and support you e.g. respite services.
They also have a crisis page which will direct you to a list of emergency numbers.
This is a place for unpaid carers to get together and have a coffee and a chat, this has been a very successful event with some carers who attend being in regular contact now.
When? Every last Thursday of the month at 10am till 11.30am
Where? Littlewick Medical Centre, the Seminar Room.
Open to all not just patients of Littlewick, Derbyshire Carers Association attend all of the coffee mornings so are available for any questions or advice.
Support group for carers to offer mutual support and experiences in a friendly atmosphere.
Where? Outlook Day Centre, Briar Gate, Long Eaton, NG10 4BQ.
When? Contact George Harvey for details.
Contact George Harvey on 0115 972 6986 for details of the next meeting.
Carers and cared for are all welcome for a monthly lunch!
When? Every third Tuesday of the month, 10.30am-1.00pm
Where? The Sir John Warren Pub in Ilkeston (Market Place, Ilkeston, DE7 5QB).
Contact head office on 01773 743355 for more information.
“New members are warmly welcomed.”
Please see the poster below for more information on this self-help group…
A child carer is any child, no matter what background, that cares for a family member or guardian e.g. their mother. They might be the sole carer for that person or they may just help out, but they do not class themselves as a carer. It is estimated that there are 700,000 young carers in the UK, with the average age of a young carer being 11.
If this sounds like you, please find the support services below.
This NHS article gives advice on what to do if you’re a young carer.
Carers Trust have put together a young carer’s guide that can be accessed on their website. It includes information on the different carer’s assessments for young carers, your rights as a young carer and where to get information and support. Learn more about Carers Trust.
This service is part of Derbyshire Carers Association.
It offers an assessment so they can appropriately meet the needs of each young carer. They offer support such as; one to one support, information/ support, activities and peer support.
Visit the Derbyshire Young Carers Service website, where it gives more information on how to refer yourself, a family member or a friend to the service.
Carers in Derbyshire have a young carer service where you can get advice and find out what support is available to you. They have information on the Derbyshire young carers steering group and share stories from other young carers. Visit their website for more information.
ChildLine have a page which gives advice to young carers on what they can do i.e. telling school, contacting local social services etc. You can find this information on the ChildLine website.
Or you can call the ChildLine helpline on 0800 1111 if you need urgent support.
Carer’s breaks are intended so that you can focus on your own health and wellbeing for a while. It can help you cope with other responsibilities that you might have such as shopping and housework. It could also be regular replacement overnight care so that you can catch up on sleep.
Breaks could be provided in the form of a sitting service, befriending scheme, homecare agency, live in help or even employing another carer. Your friends and family could also help you when you need a break.
This NHS page gives you further information on carer’s breaks and rest bite care.
EVA helps to offer breaks to carers. They offer a befriending service and a sitting service to allow carers to have a break. Visit their website for more information on how they can help you with this.
This service offers flexible respite options, offering support in emergencies or for one off occasions.