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Family resources

Sources of help and support

Derbyshire County Council Community Updates and Information

Click here for the Derbyshire County Council – Community Directory for Families, where you can find information on Activities, Family Support and Parenting, Money and Benefits, Housing and Homelessness, Health and Wellbring, and Learning Skills and Employment.
Healthy and Well is a guide to council, health, voluntary and community services in Derbyshire 2020/2021.
See the latest Healthy and Well Bulletin from Derbyshire County Council by clicking here.
View the latest Derbyshire Now news bulletin for local information from Derbyshire County Council.

Support for Parents/Carers

Cost of Living support

As the cost of living is rising it’s important to understand what advice and support is available to you, your family and the people you work with.  Derbyshire County Council have put together advice and help for Derbyshire residents online at
There’s lots of advice and support available, from help managing debt to checking you’re getting all the benefits you are entitled to.  There’s also information about energy efficiency, cutting down on food waste and details about services you might not know that they offer.

Autism Information and Advice Service – free online courses, peer support and Q&A sessions

Derbyshire County Council and Orcha

Derbyshire County Council is working with Orcha – The Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications – to provide an online library of digital health and wellbeing support.

From support for long-term health conditions to apps that can help people to stop smoking, sleep better and improve their mood, there are hundreds to choose from.

Each app has been assessed against a wide range of criteria including the quality of the content, ease of use and data protection so you know you can trust it.


Other resources

  • For information from Derbyshire County Council on Credit Unions and Community Banks, please click here.

  • Derbyshire County Council – Autism Information and Advice Service skills building courses.  For further information on these courses for parents/carers who wish to learn more about autism, parenting strategies, common challenges and to meet other families living similar lives, please click here
  • First Steps – supporting someone with an eating disorder.  To find out how First Steps can help support you or a loved one with an eating disorder, please visit or contact them on    They also offer Skills for Carers Courses.

  • For details of the HENRY Healthy Families online programme for parents and carers of children aged 0 to 5 years old, please click here.

  • Derby and Derbyshire Emotional Health & Wellbeing have some excellent resources on their website for both parents/carers and children, including some really interesting courses. Visit for more information.

  • Visit for a reminder on how to keep your children safe online.

  • Vita Minds are new NHS providers within the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Services) community commissioned by Derby and Derbyshire CCG.  The service is now live and offers a range of talking therapies for depression, generalised anxiety disorder, mixed depression and anxiety and a range of other conditions – the full list is on their general information leaflet.  People can refer themselves directly into the service either by calling 0333 0153 496 or by visiting the website and using the self-referral form.  Vita’s new service further increases the options and accessibility for patients being referred into the service and in the current circumstances offers a service that does not require face to face appointments. 

  • Domestic Abuse:  Any woman who needs to travel to find refuge from domestic violence can do so for free on any uk train. The cost of the ticket will be covered by the relevant rail operator.

  • Domestic Abuse: The Derbyshire Domestic Abuse helpline is available 24/7 and offers a single point of contact for the help you need. You can contact them on Tel: 08000 198 668 or by email at There is also further support on Derbyshire County Council’s website at

  • Working from Home – looking after yourself and co-workers:

  • Barnardos – See, hear, respond: Providing support to parents/carers