Every single day in the UK, another 6,000 people become carers for friends, family and loved ones who are elderly, disabled or have complicated needs.

Many carers take on this role completely unpaid and unaware of their rights – so this Carers rights day we’re urging carers to jump online and make sure they know their rights and the help and support they could be entitled to.

The last census in 2011 showed that there were over 25,000 unpaid carers in Derby and by the next census in 2021 this figure could be significantly higher.

I’m a Carer – where can I get support?

Carers UK is a national charity which provides support and advice to Carers as well as campaigning for better rights for carers. In Derbyshire, the Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA) has a drop-in centre on Pride Park, where carers can get face-to-face support, they also host regular events.

DCA can also support Carers with a Carers Assessment.  If, as a Carer, you identify through your assessment you need support with training and/or getting a short break there is an organisation called Creative Carers which can help you with this.  Please see their website for further information.

Today, the DCA are hosting an information event to promote Carer’s rights day at Specsavers in the Intu Centre in Derby from 10.00am till 3.00pm – pop along to find out more.

You can also visit either the Carers UK or Derbyshire Carer’s Association website for further information and advice.

Councillor Martin Repton, Cabinet member for Integrated Health and Care said:

“Carers provide truly invaluable support to an ever increasing elderly population in Derby and it’s imperative that they get all the help and support they need, to enable them to carry on doing such a superb job. As a Council, we’re committed to working with organisations like the Derbyshire Carers Association to provide help and advice to Carers. If you are a Carer, make sure you take the time to talk to someone and make sure you know your rights, and the help you can get.”