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Welcome to the Caring Communities Project funded by the BIG Lottery. Our aim is to launch 16 hubs providing local support and information for carers across Hertfordshire by 2019.

Community for carers logoWhat are Carer Support Hubs?
You told us that you wanted much stronger local support for carers. It is our job to use the £200,000 BIG Lottery Fund to provide a grassroots service run by carers for carers, to best meet your needs. The hubs will be a one-stop shop where you can find information about what is happening in your local area, get advice, support and make friends.

We now have 10 hubs running in Bishop’s Stortford, Chorleywood, Hemel Hempstead, Hoddesdon, Potters Bar, Letchworth Garden City, St Albans, Stevenage, Watford and Welwyn Garden City. Three new hubs are planned to open in 2017/18 in Ware, Buntingford and Berkhamsted.

A new evening hub in Hemel Hempstead has also been set up and started in January 2017. The group meets on the second Thursday of every other month at Greenhills Day Service, Tenzing Road, Hemel Hempstead, from 7pm - 8.30pm.

There is also an evening support group in Hatfield at the Tesco Extra (Community Room) on the second Wednesday of each month from 7.30pm - 9pm.

Each hub will have its own Carers' Support Group. Many other areas also currently have Peer Led Carer Support Groups. pdf Hubs and Peer Led List 2017 (272 KB) .  You can also view a video about the Stevenage Carers' Support group here which we have been supporting for a number of years. This will give you an idea of what a Carer Support Group will look like. Groups are led by volunteers, who are carers themselves.

Many of the groups have agreed that they wish to focus on offering each other emotional and practical support at meetings. Most groups meet once a month and offer activities include a programme of speakers and time to talk. Carers can book 1:1 appointments with a Carers in Hertfordshire Carer Support Advisor at some meetings to plan their caring role.

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In addition each hub area will have Volunteer Ambassadors whose role it is to help identify new carers and to spread the word about what is available locally for them.

Volunteer Ambassador JamesVolunteer Ambassador James promoting support for carers at a Community Event.

Within each hub area you can also attend workshops to learn new skills and have a break from caring. Please click here to see what events are available.

Click here to see a video of carers at our Singing course..

Upcoming Hub Events.

Wednesday 19th July 2017, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Letchworth Carers Support Hub at Garden House Hospice: There will be a chance to have a one to one appointment with one of our Carer Support Advisors and Gemma Swainsbury, one of our new Dementia Specialist Nurses (also known as an Admiral Nurse) will talk about Dementia and the support available. 

Wednesday 19th July 2017, 12pm noon - 2pm: Welwyn Garden City Carers Support Hub at United Reformed Church: There will be a speaker from Trading Standards talking about doorstep, phone and postal scams and how to avoid them.

Friday 21st July 2017, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Ware Carers Support Hub at Salvation Army Hall: This is the second meeting of this new hub.

Wednesday 26th July 2017, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Potters Bar Carers Support Hub at Furzefield Court (Residents Lounge): Someone from Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group will be speaking about money is spent on local health services.

Thursday 27th July 2017, 10am - 12pm noon: Stevenage Carers Support Hub at Stevenage Leisure Centre: Bob Tustin, from Age UK Hertfordshire will talk about the IT support they offer.

Friday 28th July 2017, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Hoddesdon Carers Support Hub at Hoddesdon Baptist Church: Somone from Hertfordshire County Council's Libraries Service will visit to speak about their offer for carers as well as bring samples of the Reminiscence Collection - a collection of CDs, DVDs, books and other items that can help families and carers remember the past and share their experiences. They can also contain large jigsaw puzzles and sensory objects for people with visual impairments. A Carer Support Advisor will also be on hand to provide one to one support and answer any questions you may have related to your caring role.

Tuesday 1st August 2017, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Bishop's Stortford Carers Support Hub at Bishop's Stortford Methodist Church: There will be a gentle stretching and relaxation session at the end led by Yoga teacher Adrienne Bagnall. This session is due to start around 11.45am.

Thursday 3rd August 2017, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Watford Carers Support Hub at Asda (Community Room), Watford North: Jacky Fitzgerald, a volunteer with Watford and Three Rivers Health Walks will talk about these free walks.

Wednesday 9th August 2017, 10.30am - 12pm noon: Hemel Hempstead Carers Support Hub at the South Hill Centre, Hemel Hempstead: Sarah Evans from Hertfordshire County Council's Equipment Service will be speaking about how the service could help carers and the people they support.

Tuesday 19th September 2017: We are launching a Carers Support Hub in Buntingford and are holding an Information and Support Event. It will take place at the Seth Ward Community Centre, Buntingford, from 10.30am - 1.30pm. There will be a relaxation session, a chance to meet other carers and discuss what you would like from a support group. If you wish to attend please contact us to book a place - call 01992 58 69 69 or email  

Details of where and when the hubs meet are in the Hubs and Peer Led List that can be downloaded below. Hubs are drop-in groups, but if you want to register an interest in attending or confirm the time and venue please contact us by phone on 01992 58 69 69 or email

 

How can you get involved?

There are lots of training opportunities for carers to take on a variety of voluntary roles when their local hub opens. We will be holding Carer Support and Information events for carers to help shape their local services in Buntingford and Berkhamsted later this year.

You can also look at the volunteer roles available in the Caring Communities Project by clicking here (link to Volunteer Jobs page) To register your interest in any part of this project email or call 01992 58 69 69.

One way we keep in touch with our Hub Volunteers is via newsletter and you can read our latest pdf Hub Volunteer Newsletter March 2017 (454 KB) here.

We would love to hear from you!

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Alex Daar
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