Where to Start
If you've just become a carer, or had an increase in your caring responsibilities, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to getting help and support.
Becoming a carer may have caused a big change in your life and it can be quite overwhelming as there is a lot of information to take in.
There is no right or wrong way to get help and support. It's totally up to you which kind of support services, if any, you want to use.
Derbyshire Carers Association provide a countywide support service for carers and their support workers can help you navigate the world of being an unpaid carer.
Some people prefer to arrange their own support networks by making friends with other carers in their local area. The Carers Directory has details of local carer groups throughout Derbyshire.
Many carers choose get a Carers Assessment of their needs to help identify what services and resources they can access to support them in their caring role.
Derbyshire County Council has recently changed the way services for carers are delivered. This includes commissioning Derbyshire Carers Association to be the lead provider of carers support services in Derbyshire and investing more money in carer personal budgets to help carers get a break.