What 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 11 hubs running in Bishop’s Stortford, Chorleywood, Hemel Hempstead, Hoddesdon, Potters Bar, Letchworth Garden City, St Albans, Stevenage, Ware, Watford and Welwyn Garden City. Two more hubs are planned to open in 2017/18 in Buntingford and Berkhamsted.
An 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 (334 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.
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.
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.
Upcoming Hub Events.
Friday 17th November 2017, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Ware Carers Support Hub at the Salvation Army Hall in Baldock Street, Ware. A speaker from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service will attend to talk about fire safety.
Monday 20th November 2017, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Chorleywood and Rickmansworth Carers Support Hub: There is a change of venue this month to Christ Church, The Common, Rickmansworth Road, Chorleywood. One of our Mentors will attend to talk about the service.
Tuesday 21st November 2017, 10.30am - 12.30pm: St Albans Carers Support Hub at St Paul's Church, Blandford Road, St Albans. A speaker from St Albans Citizens Advice Bureau will be attending to talk about the support they provide.
Tuesday 28th November 2017, 10.30am - 12.30pm: our NEW Buntingford Carers Support Hub will be meeting for the first time. The meetings will take place on the last Tuesday of the month (excluding December) at Buntingford Library. We look forward to seeing local carers there.
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 and do not need to be booked, but we ask if possible that you plan to attend for the whole session. 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.
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!
Caring Communities Project Officer