national lottery community fund logoWelcome to the Caring Communities Project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. As part of the project we will have launched 16 hubs providing local support and information for carers across Hertfordshire by April 2019.

Community for carers logoWhat are Carer Support Hubs?

You told us that you wanted much stronger local support for carers and thanks to a grant of £200,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund (formerly the Big Lottery Fund) awarded in the year 2013/14 we have been able 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 have 16 hubs running in Berkhamsted, Bishop’s Stortford, Borehamwood, Buntingford, Chorleywood, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead, Hoddesdon, Potters Bar, Letchworth Garden City, Royston, St Albans, Stevenage, Ware, Watford and Welwyn Garden City.

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 Pudding Club, plus support groups in areas such as Borehamwood and Bushey. You can find out about all these here - pdf Hubs and Peer Led Groups List 2019 (224 KB) .

There are some evening groups including one 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 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.

 

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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.

Monday 18th March 2019, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our Chorleywood and Rickmansworth Carers Support Hub meets at Christ Church, The Common, Chorleywood. This meeting there will be a chance to have a one to one appointment with a Carer Support Advisor.

Tuesday 19th March 2019, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our St Albans Carers Support Hub meets at St Paul's Church, St Albans. This meeting there will be a speaker from Hertfordshire Health Walks.

Wednesday 20th March 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Our Letchworth Carers Support Hub meets at a new venue for this month – Brotherhood Hall, Gernon Road, Letchworth, SG6 3HL. This meeting there will be a speaker from the Guide Dogs charity with his guide dog. There will also be a chance to have a one to one appointment with one of our Carer Support Advisors.

Wednesday 20th March 2019, 12pm noon - 2pm: Our Welwyn Garden City Carers Support Hub meets at United Reformed Church, Welwyn Garden City. This meeting there will be a chance to have a one to one appointment with a Carer Support Advisor and also find out about the information and planning service they provide.

Thursday 21st March 2019, 10am - 12pm noon: Our Harpenden Carers Support Hub meets at Batford Memorial Hall, Harpenden. This meeting there will be a speaker from Hertfordshire County Council's Money Advice Unit talking about benefits and finances.

Tuesday 26th March 2019, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our Buntingford Carers Support Hub meets at Buntingford Library, Buntingford. This meeting there will be a yoga and relaxation session.

Thursday 28th March 2019, 10am - 12pm noon: Our Stevenage Carers Support Hub meets at Springfield House Community Centre, Stevenage. This meeting there a Sepsis Nurse from East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust will give a talk about how to spot the signs of sepsis and treatment for the condition.

Friday 29th March 2019, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our Hoddesdon Carers Support Hub meets at Hoddesdon Baptist Church, Hoddesdon. This meeting you will be able to learn some first aid skills from a British Red Cross trainer.

Changes to Hub venues and/or meeting dates or times

Our Stevenage Carers Support Hub is to meet at a new venue in 2019 due to the previous venue being unavailable. The new venue is Springfield House Community Centre, 24 High Street, Stevenage Old Town,  SG1 3EJ. The group meets the last Thursday of the month 10am - 12pm noon. 

Our Ware Carers Support Hub is to meet at a new venue in 2019 due to the previous venue being unavailable. For January and February it will meet at Ware Priory, High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL. The group will continue to meet on the third Friday of the month from 10.30am - 12.30pm.

From January 2019 our Harpenden Carers Support Hub will be meeting at a new venue. The Hub will meet at Batford Memorial Hall, 16 Tallents Crescent, Harpenden, AL5 5BS. The Hub will meet on the third Thursday of the month from 10am - 12pm noon.

From September 2018 our Chorleywood and Rickmansworth Carers Support Hub will be meeting at a new venue. The Hub will be meeting at Christ Church Chorleywood, The Common, Rickmansworth Road, Chorleywood, WD3 5SG. The Hub meets on the third Monday of the month from 10.30am - 12.30pm.

From August 2018 our Potters Bar Carers Support Hub will be meeting at a new venue. The Hub will be meeting at King Charles the Martyr Church, 368 Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 3AS. The Hub meets on the last Wednesday of the month from 10.30am - 12.30pm.

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 (1.04 MB) pdf (566 KB) here.

We would love to hear from you!

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Carers in Hertfordshire’s Bishop’s Stortford Hub Carer Support Group – Wednesday 7th March 2018

Dear Carer

The next meeting will be held:

Where:  Bishop’s Stortford Baptist Church, Twyford Road, CM23 3LJ. 

When:  Wednesday 7th March, 10.30am-12.30 pm (1st Wednesday of each month)

Speaker:  This month Emily Clowry with give a talk about Hertfordshire County Council’s Walking Scheme.  Charlotte Janes, Carer Support Advisor, Carers in Hertfordshire, will attend to give 1:1 advice.  Please think about any issues you want to bring.  Charlotte may also offer support by telephone from the office if time runs out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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