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.
Monday 16th September 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Our Chorleywood and Rickmansworth Carers Support Hub meets at Christ Church, Chorleywood This meeting there will be an emotional wellbeing talk from Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT).
Tuesday 17th September 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Our St Albans Carers Support Hub meets at St Paul’s Church, St Albans. This meeting there will be a solicitor visiting from Michael Anvoner and Company to give a talk about legal matters such as Inheritance Tax, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and more as well as answering carers’ questions.
Wednesday 18th September 2019, 12pm noon – 2pm: Our Welwyn Garden City Carers Support Hub meets at United Reformed Church, Welwyn Garden City. This meeting there will be the chance to have a one to one appointment with a Carer Support Advisor.
Wednesday 18th September 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Our Letchworth Carers Support Hub meets at Garden House Hospice, Letchworth. This meeting there will be a talk about avoiding falls and supporting someone who has fallen.
Thursday 19th September 2019, 10am – 12pm noon: Our Harpenden Carers Support Hub meets at Batford Community Memorial Hall, Harpenden. This meeting there will be a speaker from Plot 31 Community Flower Farm and Garden, in Harpenden, to talk about the project.
Friday 20th September 2019, 11.15am – 1pm: Our Ware Carers Support Hub meets at Allenbury’s Sports Centre, Ware. This meeting there will be the chance to have a one to one appointment with a Carer Support Advisor.
Tuesday 24th September 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Our Buntingford Support Hub meets at Buntingford Library. This meeting there will be a talk about avoiding falls and supporting someone who has fallen.
Wednesday 25th September 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Our Potters Bar Carers Support Hub meets at King Charles the Martyr Church, Potters Bar. No speaker.
Wednesday 2nd October 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Our Bishop’s Stortford Carers Support Hub meets at Bishop’s Stortford Baptist Church. A Carer Practitioner from Hertfordshire County Council will be attending to talk about the services they provide carers.
Thursday 3rd October 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Our Royston Carers Support Hub meets at Royston Town Hall. This meeting there will be the chance to have a one to one appointment with a Carer Support Advisor.
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.
We would love to hear from you!
Caring Communities Project Officer