lottery logoWelcome 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 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 14 hubs running in Berkhamsted, Bishop’s Stortford, Borehamwood, 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 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 (296 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.

 

Watford Carers enjoy a cream teaWatford Carers enjoy a cream tea.

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 16th July 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our Chorleywood and Rickmansworth Carers Support Hub meets at Chorleywood Beaumont Care Home, Rickmansworth Road, Rickmansworth. This meeting there will be the chance to have a one to one with one of our Carers Support Advisors as well as hear about our fundraising work and how you may be able to support us. 

Tuesday 17th July 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our St Albans Carers Support Hub meets at St Paul's Church, Blandford Road, St Albans. This meeting there will be a speaker from Camphill St Albans talking about the services and activities they provide for people over 18 with a learning disability, mental health or other need.

Wednesday 18th July 2018, 10.30am - 12pm noon: Our Letchworth Carers Support Hub meets at Garden House Hospice, Letchworth. This meeting there will be a chance to have a one to one appointment with one of our Carers Support Advisors. There will also be a talk about chocolate and perhaps a chance to sample some chocolate treats as we welcome Dawn from The Melting Pot to the meeting.

Wednesday 18th July 2018, 12pm - 2pm: Our Welwyn Garden City Hub will be meeting at a different venue near the usual meeting place of the United Reformed Church, Church Road, Welwyn Garden City. For details please contact 01992 58 69 69 or email .

Friday 20th July 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our Ware Carers Support Hub meets at Salvation Army Hall, Baldock Street, Ware. This meeting there will be a speaker from Age UK Hertfordshire talking about Power of Attorney.

Wednesday 25th July 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our Potters Bar Carers Support Hub meets at Furzefield Court (Residents Lounge), Potters Bar. This meeting one of our Admiral Nurses will be visiting to talk about the support available for people with dementia or memory problems and how our specialist dementia nurses can help.

Thursday 26th July 2018, 10am - 12pm noon: Our Stevenage Carers Support Hub meets at Stevenage Leisure Centre. This meeting a Police Community Support Officer will be visiting to talk about crime prevention and rogue traders.

Friday 27th July 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our Hoddesdon Carers Support Hub meets at Hoddesdon Baptist Church. This meeting there will be a speaker from Hertfordshire County Council's Trading Standards Service talking about scams about how to avoid them.

Tuesday 31st July 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our Buntingford Carers Support Hub meets at Buntingford Library. This meeting there will be a talk about taking care of your back when lifting or moving items or someone you care for.

Tuesday 18th September 2018, 11.15am - 2.15pm: We will be launching our Harpenden Carers Support Hub with an Information and Support Event at the Quaker Meeting House, 12 Southdown Road, Harpenden, AL5 1PD. There will be a chance to find out about local support for you, what a Hub is and what support you would like from a group as well as a chance to join in a yoga and relaxation session. Places are limited and must be booked by calling 01992 58 69 69 or email

Changes to Hub venues and/or meeting dates or times

From July 2018 our Borehamwood Carers Support Hub will be meeting at a new, bigger venue. The Hub will be meeting at Allum Manor House & Hall (Room 3), 2 Allum Lane, Elstree, Herts, WD6 3PJ. The group meets on the second Thursday of the month from 10am – 12pm noon and will have the first meeting at this new venue on Thursday 12th July 2018.

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!

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Alex Daar
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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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