If you are interested in becoming a Trustee of Carers in Hertfordshire, please write to:
Chair, Board of Trustees
Carers in Hertfordshire
The Red House
119 Fore Street
A Message from Andrew Mills, Chair of Trustees
Like many, I was thrust into the world of caring with barely the opportunity to draw breath or grit my teeth, let alone to be prepared for what was going to follow.
Fortunately, it was early on in this experience that I came across a copy of Carewaves in our GP surgery and I got in touch with Carers in Hertfordshire. That was a God-send in several ways. Within two years, my wife's disabilities had improved to the extent that my caring responsibilities had become lighter and more easily shared with others. From that point, I felt able to start to give back to this amazing organisation.
In 2007, I accepted the invitation to explore Trusteeship. More than five years later, at the Annual General Meeting in September 2012, I had completed my first year as Chair of the Board of Trustees and reflected upon a steep learning curve, personally. The year had been a highly enriching experience both for me and for all my Trustee colleagues, in witnessing the proactive response by the management, staff and volunteers of Carers in Hertfordshire to the challenges posed by difficult external conditions and internal organisational changes.
Maybe like me, you feel motivated to volunteer a modest amount of time in bringing skills and knowledge that you already possess into the governance and strategic direction of a widely and highly respected organisation. If this is the case, I would invite you to get in touch and enquire about what it's like to be a Carers in Hertfordshire Trustee.
A Message from Jenny Young, Honorary President of Carers in Hertfordshire
Being a carer for 34 years has been agonising, even tortuous on occasions but thankfully rewarding too, obviously when my daughter is having a period of better health but also, discovering and meeting other carers I could share my frustrations and sadness with without being judged.
There were no carer organisations when I was at my most desperate and that's why I was so keen to be part of the very idea of an organisation to support carers living in Hertfordshire.
I joined the steering group which formed Carers in Hertfordshire and I, like so many other carers, have been supported, advised and 'cared for' ever since.