We have listed a number of organisations which can provide support to providers.

Creative Carers

Organisations can offer discounts to their services as part of the carers membership. this gives carers a chance to access services with lower rates and organisations to spread the word about what they can provide carers.

You can read more details about this great opportunity by clicking here to download the ‘Friendly guide to local businesses adding discounts


Association for Real Change

Support offered to learning disability providers primarily and any social care provider looking for funding support for qualifications.

  • Getting Started Induction Open/Distance Learning Pack: Members £35 | Non-members £50
  • Getting Your Personal Assistant Started: Guidance pack for PA Employers: Members £18.00 | Non-members £23.00
  • ARC also offers individual training and assessment of units towards a range of Health and Social Care qualifications.
  • ARC is a lead provider for the Skills for Care Workforce Development Fund.  Funding support for new QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework) qualifications and NVQ units.


 Derby City Libraries

All groups and individuals who live, work or study in Derby are welcome to use Derby City Libraries.

  • eReference library on website – free access to CANS legal information database, recommended weblinks and other up to date information databases
  • Free computer and Internet access in all libraries for full library members
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Books to borrow on your rights and many other subjects of interest  – library catalogue
  • eLibrary – eBooks and Audiobooks for loan


Shared Lives Plus

If you run a small social care enterprise our membership is £75 per year and includes:

  • Free legal advice line
  • Free template policies
  • Insurance at preferential rates
  • A members-only website with resources and an online forum
  • One to one professional business support
  • Regular bulletins on regulations, funding, training
  • Support to influence key decision-makers.


Skills for Care

Skills for Care supports any employers in adult social care, including micro-enterprises, to ensure that their workforce has the right skills to deliver quality care. We develop the standards and qualifications for the sector and produce materials to support learning and development in areas such as Recruitment and Retention, Induction, Apprenticeships, Carers, Dementia, Leadership and Management, most of which are free. We also disburse funding for workforce development.


Social Enterprise East Midlands

Support offered to anyone thinking about social enterprise.

We offer:

  • an initial free 20 minute diagnostic telephone consultation, email support and sign post people to appropriate provision.
  • one to one support, price dependent on scale and complexity of work
  • a range of training programmes to get ready to start trading and to register as social enterprises.
  • governance reviews, feasibility studies, tendering support, impact measurement, strategic and business planning and consortia programme management.