Please be aware that due to COVID-19 our carers’ groups and courses are taking place online rather than face to face. You can call us on 01992 58 69 69 (9am-5.30pm Mon - Thurs & 9am-4.30pm Fri).
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carers week logo webThis Carers Week we’re helping to make carers and caring visible and valued

This Carers Week and throughout the year we work to ensure unpaid family and friend carers are recognised, celebrated and supported. We aim to ‘make caring visible and valued’ – the focus of this year’s Carers Week (7th - 13th June 2021).

This year, because of the coronavirus, people are continuing to face new challenges and many people have taken on new or additional caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill, older, misuse drugs or alcohol, or who need support. We want to ensure unpaid carers in Hertfordshire and beyond identify any caring role they have, so they access the support and information they need or are entitled to.

During Carers Week we are planning to offer a mix of online and face to face events. Any face to face events will follow coronavirus guidance and our risk assessments, which consider matters such as group size and social distancing.

Among the activities we have planned for carers to join in with are walks at King’s Mead Nature Reserve in Ware, some online carers’ groups are meeting and there will be an online question and answer session with representatives from health, social care and voluntary sector services in Hertfordshire about coming out of COVID-19 and plans for services. Details of the activities are below.

If carers want to learn more about any events or are interested in joining in any, please contact us to register an interest. You can email us at or call us 01992 58 69 69. Some events will be available to book online via the listing on our events page otherwise please phone or email us to express an interest or book on.

Please also get in touch if you are planning any events for Carers Week that we can tell unpaid carers about - email with details.

Carers Week is an annual campaign co-ordinated by the charity Carers UK, that aims to raise awareness of caring. You can find out more about Carers Week at www.carersweek.org and get materials to use for any event you are planning at www.carersweek.org/resources-and-downloads/

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So far the events planned in Hertfordshire are listed below:
Please contact us in the usual ways to book your place on any of our events. Call 01992 58 69 69 or email

Monday 7th June 2021

Online Money Advice Question and Answer Session for Parent Carers

10.30am - 12pm noon

If you are caring for a young person aged up to 18 with a physical or learning disability, special educational need, or complex health condition, and want to know more about benefits or have questions related to benefits you receive or are thinking of applying for, this session may be useful. An Advisor from Hertfordshire’s Money Advice Unit will be on hand to answer questions. If there is a benefit you want to find out more about or you have a question please tell us about it when you book a place on the event. This session will take place on Zoom.

Monday 7th June 2021

Care for Carers Webinar - Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) event

12pm noon - 1pm

The Wellbeing Team at HPFT have developed this webinar with support from unpaid carers, which looks at the practical, emotional and psychological costs of caring. The session will discuss the tools and resources available to carers, including self-care, assertiveness and the services provided by HPFT's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Services. If you would like to book a place please do so via this link - https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1768048097277059596

People are welcome to register up to the day before the webinar. (If someone registers less than 24 hours before the start of the session it may not be possible to process their information and get them the joining link and details.)

Tuesday 8th June 2021

Wildlife and History Walks for Carers

Two sessions: 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2.30pm - 4.30pm

Carers can enjoy a walk in King's Meads, a nature reserve in Ware. It is one of the largest water meadows in Hertfordshire and popular with dragonflies and damselflies. In addition, 119 bird species have been recorded at the site.

Tuesday 8th June 2021

Mindful Meditation: The Five Senses Course

10.30am-12.30pm

This course is run over six sessions for those who wish to build on the mindfulness techniques they already practice or have learnt. This course is delivered in partnership with Oaklands College.

Tuesday 8th June 2021

Virtual Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Carers Support Hub

10.30am - 11.30am

Join other carers supporting a relative, friend, partner or someone, for a chat over a cuppa. We have invited some of the newly elected Hertfordshire County Councillors for the Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted area to join us to hear about your experiences of being carers and to find out about any challenges you face related to caring. If you have any questions about social care, education or caring related issues that you would like to put to the councillors, please email them to 

Tuesday 8th June 2021

Online Mental Health Carers Meeting

11am - 12.30pm

This meeting is for people caring for someone with a mental health condition and there will be a guest speaker - Carole Buckingham - who will talk about her journey with schizophrenia. 

Tuesday 8th June 2021

Online meeting for carers supporting an adult with a learning disability

11am - 12.30pm

This is a chance for carers in a similar caring situation to meet up. The meetings provide opportunities for unpaid carers to find out about services and issues relevant to their caring role. They also enable carers to share their views and experiences to influence development and provision of health and community services in Hertfordshire, and agree responses to consultations. Barbara Feudola, Improvement and Prevention Nurse - Learning Disability, will be the guest speaker along with three nurse colleagues and an occupational therapist from Hertfordshire County Council’s Health Improvement and Prevention Team. They will talk about the Restore 2 toolkit, which can be used to identify early signs of serious illness and rapid deterioration in an adult with a learning disability.

Tuesday 8th June 2021

Online have your say event for carers led by the NHS (Eastern Region)

2pm - 3.30pm or 7.30pm - 9pm

The National NHS Commitment to Carers Team and East of England Carers Lead Jodie Deards are inviting family and friend carers to an online workshop so they can gather feedback about carers' understanding and experience of out of hours medical support (between 6.30pm and 8am) and any gaps in provision or inaccessible information they have identified. The NHS would also like to find out about what plans carers have in place for if or when they cannot provide care, who has access to the plan and if there isn't one what are the barriers preventing it.

The sessions will take place on Microsoft Teams. If you would like to book a place please email  or

Wednesday 9th June 2021

Online Poetry Workshop for Carers (on Zoom)

10.30am - 12.30pm

Carers joining in this session will be able to get creative and reflect on life during the coronavirus situation by writing some poetry. This session will be guided by a published poet.

Wednesday 9th June 2021

Online Meeting for Carers of Older People (on Zoom)

11am - 12.30pm

This meeting is for people caring for someone aged 65 or over. There will be a chance to discuss the gaps in services to feed back to Hertfordshire's Dementia Co-production Board.

Wednesday 9th June 2021

Online Coming Out Of COVID-19 Question and Answer Session (on Zoom)

2pm - 4pm

Many carers have taken on extra caring responsibilities during the coronavirus situation as services were closed, paused, or moved online. As we come out of a period of restrictions, we want to know from carers what they would like their caring role to look like going forward and the services or support they feel would be useful. We will gather carers' views and questions on issues related to caring and services resuming as coronavirus eases and they will be discussed or answered by a panel including Carers in Hertfordshire staff and representatives from Adult Care Services at Hertfordshire County Council and NHS and voluntary sector organisations in Hertfordshire.

The panel will consist of Chris Badger, Director of Adult Care Services at Hertfordshire County Council, Beverley Flowers, Director of Transformation at Herts and West Essex NHS Integrated Care System, Mark Hanna, Interim Chief Executive at Age UK Hertfordshire, Sharn Tomlinson, Chief Executive at Mind in Mid Herts, and Vanessa Perkins, Client Partnership and Engagement Manager at Crossroads Care Hertfordshire North.

If you're a carer and interested in joining this session please contact us. There is a survey to gather your views via the link - Coming Out of COVID-19 Survey.

Wednesday 9th June 2021

Online Evening Carers' Group Meeting (on Zoom)

7pm - 8pm

This is an opportunity for unpaid carers who find it difficult to join in daytime events due to work or their caring commitments to get together for an informal chat and to support each other or share information.

Wednesday 9th June 2021

Online Fun Quiz for Carers

7.30pm - 9pm

Carers can test their knowledge in a fun quiz, hosted by Will, from our Involvement Team.

Thursday 10th June 2021

Amble in the Shambles - a guided walk in St Albans for carers

11am - 1pm

St Albans Tour Guides are leading this walk around St Albans City Centre. It will take in the ancient market town and its alleyways. The walk is mostly on level areas and suitable for everyone. To learn more about St Albans Tour Guides visit their website - St Albans Tour Guides.

Thursday 10th June 2021

Care for Carers Webinar - Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) event

10am - 11am

The Wellbeing Team at HPFT have developed this webinar with support from unpaid carers, which looks at the practical, emotional and psychological costs of caring. The session will discuss the tools and resources available to carers, including self-care, assertiveness and the services provided by HPFT's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Services. If you would like to book a place please do so via this link - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4647228146279998732

People are welcome to register up to the day before the webinar. (If someone registers less than 24 hours before the start of the session it may not be possible to process their information and get them the joining link and details.)

Thursday 10th June 2021

Online Borehamwood Carers Support Hub (on Zoom)

10.30am - 11.30am

This is a chance for carers to meet up online, have a chat and join in a relaxing introduction to zentangle drawing with Lucy Farran. Learn the basics, develop your creativity and enhance your wellbeing. Places are limited, if you are an unpaid carer (registered with us or wanting to be) and would like to take part in this event, please contact us to express an interest. You will need a paper, a black pen and a pencil for the activity. 

Thursday 10th June 2021

Online Drug and Alcohol Carers Meeting

11am - 12.15pm

Join other people in a similar caring situation to you, share experiences, find out about plans or updates for health or other services that you or the person you support access and share your views or feedback to help improve or shape services for the future.

Thursday 10th June 2021

Yoga for Sleep Workshop for Carers (on Zoom).

8pm - 9.30pm

If you are stressed and in need of a good night's sleep this session will show you how tailored movement and breathing can help you relax. The session will mainly be floor-based.

Friday 11th June 2021

Drawing for Relaxation Session for Parent Carers (on Zoom).

10.30am - 11.30am

Parent Carers looking after a child or young person aged up to 18 that has a special educational need or disability (SEND) can join in this session to learn how to draw a bird with zentangle patterns. Natasha Rehman will take you through the drawing step by step. This is a calm, relaxing activity taking place via Zoom and suitable for all abilities, although places are limited and need to be booked with us. You will need a paper, a black pen and a pencil for the activity. 

 

Carers UK has a series of online activities planned, including Care for a Cuppa online sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You can find out more about these on the activities list on the Carers Week website or email  

For more details about any Carers in Hertfordshire event or to discuss your caring role please contact us on 01992 58 69 69 or email

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For Carers Week, the International Stress Management Association (ISMAUK), a charity focused on promoting wellbeing, preventing or reducing stress, and supporting professionals, is sharing some of its videos to help improve wellbeing. There are four videos, which are on YouTube and can be accessed via the links. They are:
Stress Relief Energiser through Mantra Meditation and Yogic Breathing with Prash Kotecha, wellbeing and mindset coach, at https://youtu.be/vyle_qCzkno

Do You Want to Sleep Better? with Frances Taylor, creator of powerful sleep programmes ,at https://youtu.be/nXEkqTa0KBg     

Laughter Energiser with Lotte Mikkelsen, happiness expert, laughter yoga master trainer, at https://youtu.be/nl3lip0Mn_I

Singalong Energiser with George Bell, from on:song that runs choirs and group singing opportunities, at https://youtu.be/m8VQmSx576g

One of ISMAUK’s Ambassadors, Clare Concannon, is a part-time carer and one of our Carer Trainers. Clare focuses on supporting people experiencing challenging life and career transitions. She said: “It’s the small things that make a difference to me as a carer, balancing work, life and care responsibilities - often all at once. Carers need opportunities to refresh, restore, and re-balance. For me and others like me, the ISMAUK initiatives are a positive step, helping us to be kind to ourselves.”

You can find out more about ISMAUK at www.isma.org.uk 

Our Carers' Camera Club are marking Carers Week 2021 with photographs that they have taken which reflect experiences and activities during the pandemic. They hope you enjoy them in the video below, which is also available on our YouTube channel at this link.

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