A new Carers Strategy for Hertfordshire has been published for 2022 – 2025. It aims to support carers’ wellbeing to help them balance caring with their own needs.
It is the first time there has been a single Strategy for young and adult carers and should ensure support continues smoothly as young people transition to adult services when they reach 18.
Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Board (and previously Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and East & North Herts CCG) worked with carers to develop the Strategy. We organised some meetings for carers to share their views and priorities.
The Strategy has four objectives, based on carers’ priorities:
• Be informed.
• Life beyond caring.
• Maintaining health and wellbeing.
• Receiving consistent, joined up services.
A Council spokesperson said: “This Strategy reaffirms a joint commitment to partnership working between carers, health and social care providers and other agencies, including strong voluntary and community sector organisations. By identifying carers earlier and ensuring they are put in touch with sources of support, we can prevent carers falling into crisis and ease the demand on statutory sector resources.”
You can view the Strategy at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/carersstrategy and if you have any ideas about how we or Hertfordshire County Council can improve or develop services for carers, please get in touch. Contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01992 58 69 69. To contact Adult Social Services at the Council call 0300 123 4042.