Our AGM and Annual Event for Carers normally takes place in September and this year's event is on Wednesday 25th September 2019. Carers can now book to attend - details are below.
On: Wednesday 25th September 2019 from 10am – 4pm.
At: The Fielder Centre, Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield Avenue, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9TP.
At the event you will be able to:
• Gain information and advice from us and other organisations that support carers;
• Hear about what we have been doing over the last 12 months and help shape our priorities and plans for the future;
• Learn what is happening locally and nationally for carers and in the health and social care sectors. Our guest speakers will be from Carers UK and local NHS organisations;
• Tell us about your experiences of caring;
• Spend time with other carers.
Lunch and refreshments are provided.
Places are limited and MUST be booked. Request your place early to avoid disappointment. You can book by calling 01992 58 69 69, emailing or online via this link – Annual Event for Carers Booking.
Almost 130 unpaid carers attended our 2018 Annual Event for Carers in Hatfield. They enjoyed time together away from caring and could find out about health, care and community services that can support them in their caring role.
The theme of the 2018 event was connecting carers to services and support to help ease their caring role, it followed on from the focus of Carers Week in June 2018.
Carers could get involved in a series of workshops to share their views or hear about topics of interest to them. Items covered included:
- Carer resilience – tips to help carers cope with stress and challenges related to their caring role;
- What makes good care?
- More about the single Care Plan being developed to use across Hertfordshire health and care services;
- Assistive technology – different services and equipment that can help make caring easier or support the person with care needs;
- Supporting carers with long-term conditions;
- Safeguarding – types of abuse and what happens when there is a safeguarding issue.
Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK, explained that Carers UK is:
- Campaigning for dedicated employment rights for carers such as paid leave – ideally five to 10 days a year, which is similar to countries like Australia and the
- Calling on the Government to increase Carer’s Allowance by at least £8.50 a week so it is in line with Jobseekers Allowance (with people on means-tested benefits
keeping the difference).
- Looking at training for carers and also NHS staff to better support carers. She said: “If you build carers skills and knowledge you give back more to the community as it enables them to continue caring and reduces their need to turn to health or care services that cost more.”
Iain MacBeath, Hertfordshire County Council’s Director of Adult Care Services, spoke about the work being done to address the funding challenges for social care. He explained the various options that the Government will be consulting on in their upcoming Green Paper – including new insurance schemes and encouraging innovative new housing models.
You can read our latest impact report in our pdf Impact Report 2017 to 2018 (6.50 MB) .
Pictures from the 2018 AGM are below.