What 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 - Carers' Support Hubs and Peer Led Groups List.
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.
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 21st August 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Our Letchworth Carers Support Hub meets at Garden House Hospice, Letchworth. This meeting there will be a speaker from our Carers’ Camera Club to talk about the Club and show some of their photographs.
Wednesday 21st August 2019, 12pm noon – 2pm: Our Welwyn Garden City Carers Support Hub is having a Summer Social with drinks at the Doctors Tonic pub in Welwyn Garden City (next to the usual meeting place United Reformed Church, Welwyn Garden City).
Tuesday 27th August 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Our Buntingford Carers Support Hub meets at Buntingford Library. This meeting the group will be going for a short walk, so please arrive by 10.45am.
Wednesday 28th August 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Our Potters Bar Carers Support Hub meets at King Charles the Martyr Church, Potters Bar. This meeting our Carers’ Advocate Will Davis will be attending.
Thursday 29th August 2019, 10am – 12pm noon: Our Stevenage Carers Support Hub meets at Stevenage Leisure Centre. No speaker this meeting.
Friday 30th August 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Our Hoddesdon Carers Support Hub meets at Hoddesdon Baptist Church. No speaker.
Changes to Hub venues and/or meeting dates or times
Our Stevenage Carers Support Hub is returning to Stevenage Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage, from May 2019. 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. Allenburys Sports and Social Club, Harris’s Lane, Ware, SG12 0DJ. The group will continue to meet on the third Friday of the month, but from 11.15am - 1pm.
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.
We would love to hear from you!
Caring Communities Project Officer