New BME Carers Sitting Service Launched

New BME Carers Sitting Service Launched

A first-of-its-kind, culturally appropriate Carers Sitting Service is now in operation in Derbyshire for members of the BME community. 

A six-month pilot project started this month following a successful bid for funding by Links CVS and the Derbyshire BME Forum to the National Lottery Community Fund. The pilot has been supported by Derbyshire County Council, Joined Up Careers and the DWP. 

The Service is specifically targeted for the needs of BME communities in the county and will provide essential respite for individuals who act as informal and unpaid carers within their own family or community. This is an important and much-needed resource that offers further support and companionship in a culturally sensitive manner for those who may find it hard to access this from elsewhere.

The ‘sitters’ who provide the respite service were recruited from eight individual Community Associations and all members completed a comprehensive training programme that was planned by Joined Up Careers and facilitated by the Derbyshire County Council Learning Pool, including online courses and virtual training sessions.

Nineteen sitters are currently offering respite to carers and their families and an expansion of the Service is planned in the coming weeks with more members already keen to join.

A Celebration Event for the Sitting Service was held on Thursday 10th June at the Asian Association in Chesterfield to mark the achievement of the sitters and the work of the partnership. You can catch the highlights of the event on YouTube.

You can also read more about the service and meet the volunteer sitters in the Sitters Directory.

Any enquiries on joining the Service can be made to Sushri Wells (Project Co-ordinator) at or Brian Grant (Project Manager - Joined Up Careers) at

June 09 2021

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