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 -  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.

 

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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.

Tuesday 8th October 2019, 10.30am – 12.15pm: Our Berkhamsted Carers Support Hub meets at the Swan Youth Project, High Street, Berkhamsted. This time there will be the chance to have a one to one appointment with a Carer Support Advisor.

Wednesday 9th October 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Our Hemel Hempstead Carers Support Hub meets at the South Hill Centre, Hemel Hempstead. This meeting there will be a talk about falls – how to avoid them and what to do to support someone who has fallen.

Thursday 10th October 2019, 10am – 12pm noon: Our Borehamwood Carers Support Hub meets at Allum Manor House and Hall, Elstree. This meeting there will be the chance to have a one to one appointment with one of our Carer Support Advisors.

Monday 14th October 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Our Watford Carers Support Hub meets at Peace Hospice, Watford. This meeting a specialist nurse will be visiting to talk about Sepsis – how to spot the signs of the condition and its treatment.

Tuesday 15th October 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Our St Albans Carers Support Hub meets at St Paul’s Church, St Albans. This meeting there a member of our Carers’ Camera Club will be attending to talk about the Club and share some of their photographs.

Wednesday 16th October 2019, 12pm noon – 2pm: Our Welwyn Garden City Carers Support Hub meets at United Reformed Church, Welwyn Garden City. No speaker.

Wednesday 16th October 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Our Letchworth Carers Support Hub meets at Brotherhood Hall, Gernon Road, Letchworth. No speaker.

Thursday 17th October 2019, 10am – 12pm noon: Our Harpenden Carers Support Hub meets at Batford Community Memorial Hall, Harpenden. This meeting a speaker from Hertfordshire County Council’s Money Advice Unit will be there to talk about finances and benefits.

Friday 18th October 2019, 11.15am – 1pm: Our Ware Carers Support Hub meets at Allenbury’s Sports Centre, Ware. This meeting there will be a talk about falls – how to avoid them or help someone who has fallen.

Monday 21st October 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Our Chorleywood and Rickmansworth Carers Support Hub meets at Christ Church, Chorleywood. This meeting there will be a talk about falls – how to avoid them or help someone who has fallen.

Tuesday 29th October 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Our Buntingford Support Hub meets at Buntingford Library. This meeting a member of our Carers’ Camera Club will be attending to talk about the Club and show some of their photographs.

Wednesday 30th October 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Our Potters Bar Carers Support Hub meets at King Charles the Martyr Church, Potters Bar. This meeting there will be a talk about falls – how to avoid them or help someone who has fallen.

Changes to Hub venues and/or meeting dates or times

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.

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) pdf (566 KB) pdf here. (1.04 MB)

We would love to hear from you!

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