Carers Rights Day 2020 events

There are a variety of events happening across Derbyshire and Derby to mark Carers Rights Day. The events provide an opportunity for unpaid / family carers to get support and information to help them during the pandemic and beyond.


Supporting Carers in Employment Webinar - How and why businesses should support unpaid carers in the workplace

Thursday 26th November, 9am - 10am (via Zoom) – register here
Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA) are offering an online webinar provides an opportunity to learn about the issues of unpaid caring, how employers can identify and support those who manage caring responsibilities alongside their work and introduces our Carers in Employment Initiative.

The Initiative aims to support and encourage organisations to recruit and retain those staff who, due to their unpaid caring responsibilities, are at risk of leaving the workforce as a result of stress, ill health, lack of understanding and/or simply lack of time.

As part of the Initiative, DCA will recruit organisations across Derbyshire to sign up to their carers pledge and show their commitment to unpaid carers within their organisation. In signing the pledge, employers will benefit from free training, resources and ongoing support from DCA.

Rothera Sharp - Legal Workshop

Thursday 26th November, 11am – 12pm (via Zoom) - register here
In association with Derbyshire Carers, Rothera Sharp Solicitors have kindly offered their time to deliver this workshop to better inform carers about how to prepare for the uncertainties in life, for them and the cared for.

Topics will include: planning now and for the future: Wills, Powers of Attorney, What is probate? The key matters to consider would be; having the right Will to protect you and the person you care for and the importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney - or what are the alternatives.

Self-care Workshop

Thursday 26th November, 1pm - 2pm (via Zoom) - register here
Join Derbyshire Carers for an experiential workshop exploring ways we can prioritise caring for ourselves, while still caring for others.

You will be guided through some popular theories and simple exercises to help you find quick quality ways to help you feel grounded and replenished. The workshop is delivered by accredited mindfulness-based therapist, Geraldine Thomas.

Legal clinics

Derbyshire Carers Association are offering free legal clinic sessions in association with Rothera Sharp solicitors. The clinics are available on a one-to-one basis, on the 1st Tuesday of each month (every month). Should they be required; they can also offer emergency appointments.

Please call the Derbyshire Carers Association Office, on tel: 01773 833833, where you can be allocated a suitable time slot for your clinic session (either via Zoom or telephone call appointment)

Derby City

Carers Rights Event

Thursday 26th November 2020, 1.30-pm to 3.30pm, Zoom
Universal Services for Carers, in collaboration with Citizens Advice Mid Mercia, are hosting a special virtual event, jam-packed with useful information and advice about carers rights, benefits, and digital services. Carers can join this 2-hour event delivered through Zoom to have access to specialist information from 3 guest speakers:

  • Universal Services for Carers’ training coordinator –a short presentation on carers rights, the Care Act and the services and support carers are legally entitled to.
  • Citizens Advice Mid Mercia’s specialist benefits advisor – presentation on the benefits system in the UK, key benefits and their eligibility (such as Carers Allowance, Attendance Allowance and Universal Credit), and how to apply for the benefits you may be entitled to.
  • Citizens Advice Mid Mercia’s digital learning coordinator – find out about online applications, such as the warm home discount, housing applications with local councils, The Big Difference Scheme, council tax support, single discretionary awards and any other applications as needed. 

This event is entirely FREE and can be booked by calling tel: 01332 228777 or emailing

Once you have booked your space, the team will then give out the Zoom login details – if you don’t know how to use Zoom, then don’t worry! Just let the team know when booking and we’ll be able to give you some easy step-by-step guidance on how to access Zoom meetings.

Male Carers Session

Thursday 26th November 2020, 10am to 11am, Zoom
Making Space Dementia Support service are holding an informal coffee and chat session for male carers to get together, share experiences and chat to others in caring roles. To join contact Making Space on tel 01332 497640

Sing a long session

Thursday 26th November 2020, 12pm to 12.45pm, via Facebook
Making Space Dementia Support service are holding a sing along session in association with Butterflies Dementia Support Group. They will be lifting spirits by singing well known songs in a friendly atmosphere. To join, just click on the link above to access Facebook.

Carers Rights Superhero Activity Session

Thursday 26th November 2020, 1pm to 2pm, via Zoom
Making Space Dementia Support Service are honouring Carers Rights Day with a Superhero Themed Activity Session. The action packed activity session featuring a guest speaker, a wake and shake exercises from Derby County Community Trust and a Superhero Quiz.
The session will take place over zoom, to request and invitation please provide your email address to Making Space office on tel: 01332 497640 or email

Legal advice session

Thursday 26th November 2020, 2.30pm to 4pm, via Zoom: meeting ID 814 9971 6136, passcode 520729
Making Space Dementia Support service are holding a pre-recorded legal advice session. Neil Allen, a senior lecturer at University of Manchester Legal Advice Centre will be answering Q&As. This will be followed by expert admiral nursing advice and guidance from Making Space Consultant and Admiral Nurse, Kath Penrith. Submit questions by email to:

Mindfulness Session

Thursday 26th November 2020, 4pm to 4.330pm, via Zoom: meeting ID 848 2382 4465, passcode 040364
Making Space Dementia Support service are holding a mindfulness sessions as a chance for carers to practise mindfulness techniques to promte wellbeing and reduce stress.


This information was last updated on 24/11/2020

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