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 are 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 13 hubs running in Berkhamsted, Bishop’s Stortford, Buntingford, Chorleywood, Hemel Hempstead, Hoddesdon, Potters Bar, Letchworth Garden City, St Albans, Stevenage, Ware, Watford and Welwyn Garden City. New Hub groups will be set up in Borehamwood, Harpenden and Royston during 2018/19.
Our hubs are groups run by volunteers or carers for carers and focus on offering emotional and practical support. 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 to our Carer Support Hub groups many areas will have Peer Led Carer Groups, for example there is a Carers' Camera Club, a Stitch and Knit group, plus support groups in areas such as Borehamwood and Bushey. You can find out about all these here - pdf Hubs and Peer Led List 2018 (303 KB) .
There are some evening groups - one in Hemel Hempstead that meets on the second Thursday of every other month at Greenhills Day Service, Tenzing Road, Hemel Hempstead, from 7pm - 8.30pm and another in Hatfield at the Tesco Extra (Community Room) on the second Wednesday of each month from 7.30pm - 9pm.
You can find out more about Hubs in our new 2017 video An Introduction to Carer Support Hubs and there is also 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.
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.
Wednesday 20th June 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our Letchworth Carers Support Hub meets at the Garden House Hospice, Letchworth. This meeting there will be a speaker from the Guide Dogs for the Blind with a guide dog to talk about the charity.
Wednesday 20th June 2018, 12pm - 2pm: Our Welwyn Garden City Carers Support Hub meets at the United Reformed Church, Welwyn Garden City. This meeting there will be a speaker from Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) to talk about emotional wellbeing and the support provided by their Wellbeing Service.
Tuesday 26th June 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our Buntingford Carers Support Hub meets at Buntingford Library. This meeting there will be a speaker from Hertfordshire County Council's Money Advice Unit talking about financial support such as Council Tax reductions, Carer's Allowance, Attendance Allowance and more and answering questions. There will also be a chance to have a one to one appointment with one of our Carer Support Advisors.
Thursday 28th June 2018, 10am - 12pm noon: Our Stevenage Carers Support Hub meets at Stevenage Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage. This meeting there will be a speaker from Hitchin's British Schools Museum giving a presenation about Joseph Lancaster brought free education to children by developing the monitorial system - a brighter student would teach a group of students under the supervision of an adult.
Changes to Hub venues and/or meeting dates
From April 2018 the new Berkhamsted Carers Support Hub will be meeting at The Swan Youth Project, 137 - 139 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 3HH. The Hub will meet the second Tuesday of the month from 10.30am - 12.30pm.
From January 2018 The Bishop's Stortford Carers Support Hub will be meeting on the first Wednesday of the month at Bishop's Stortford Baptist Church, Twyford Road, Bishop's Stortford, from 10.30am - 12.30pm. The first meeting at this new venue will be on Wednesday 3rd January 2018.
There will be a new Watford Carers Support Hub group in January 2018. This Hub will meet on the second Monday of the month at Peace Hospice Care, Peace Drive, Watford, from 10.30am - 12.30pm and the first meeting will be on Monday 8th January 2018. The group that has been meeting at Asda (community room), St Albans Road, Watford, will continue to meet on the first Thursday of the month from 10.30am to 12.30pm and will next meet on Thursday 4th January 2018.
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 (566 KB) here.
We would love to hear from you!
Caring Communities Project Officer