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Carer Support Hubs

Link to list of Hub and Peer Led Groups Link to the risk assessment for indoor meetings Link to document to help you get the most out of our meetings

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund from April 2014 - April 2022, we have been able to develop 16 hubs and other interest groups that provide local support and information for carers across Hertfordshire. This Hub and interest group work is part of a wider volunteer project and you can learn more about this on our Volunteer page.

If you would like to volunteer with our Hubs or as Ambassadors or would like to offer to give a talk to a group please see the 'How to get involved section' below.

Community for carers logoWhat are Carer Support Hubs?

You told us that you wanted much stronger local support for carers so we provide a grassroots service run by carers for carers, to best meet your needs. The hubs are a one-stop shop where you can find information about what is happening in your local area, get advice, support and make friends. There are also peer led and interest based groups. 

Most of our hub groups meet in person in community venues, although there are some meetings that are held online on Zoom. All of our upcoming Hub meetings are listed at this link. If you wish to join in any meeting you need to book a place. Please contact us on 01992 58 69 69 or email  to book. We can also guide you through using Zoom if you require some help with this. 

We have 16 area-based hubs - 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.

Other groups

We also have a Men's Carers' Group that meets online on Zoom, on the third Tuesday of the month, 10.30am - 11.30am, and an Evening Carers’ Group that meets online via Zoom on the second Wednesday of each month from 7pm - 8pm. This group is for working carers or for carers whose caring commitments mean they are unable to attend a meeting in the day. We have recently started a Reading Carers' Group which is meeting on Zoom currently on the second Thursday of the month from 10.30am - 11.30am, although the frequency of these meetings is still to be confirmed so please do contact us for more details if you would like to join this meeting. An online Morning Carers' Group has also just started meeting on Zoom on the second Friday of the month from 10.30am – 11.30am. Contact us if you are interested in booking a place.

In addition to our Carer Support Hub groups many areas will have Peer Led Carer Groups, for example there is a Carers' Camera Club (which met online during the COVID-19 pandemic and now offers a mix of online and face to face meetings.

You can find out more about hubs in our video An Introduction to Carer Support Hubs. 

In addition each hub area has 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.

Watford Hub art session 2019

Volunteer Ambassador JamesVolunteer Ambassador James promoting support for carers at a Community Event.

Upcoming Hub Events

You can find the list of our upcoming Hub events on the Events area of our website at this link

If you wish to attend any meeting, please book a place either on that session's webpage or by emailing us at , or call us on 01992 58 69 69. We advise you to contact us to check details of meetings as they can be subject to change. Please also contact us for support or advice related to your caring role.

How can you get involved?

Volunteer

There are lots of training opportunities for carers to take on a variety of voluntary roles with their local hub. 

You can also look at the volunteer roles by clicking here (link to Volunteer Jobs page) or find out more about being a Carers in Hertfordshire volunteer on our Volunteer page. To register your interest in any part of this project please email  or call 01992 58 69 69.

One way we keep in touch with our Volunteers is via newsletter and you can find them on our Volunteer page

Speakers

If you think you have a topic that would be of interest to carers at our Hub support groups please email the volunteer email with details.