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).
Toggle Bar

volunteering week 2021

national lottery community fund logoThanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund we launched 16 hubs providing local support and information for carers across Hertfordshire between April 2014 and April 2019. We have been fortunate to secure further funding from April 2019 to April 2022 to continue supporting and developing our Hubs and will create a new interest group in each year of the project. This Hub 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 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. There are also peer led and interest based groups. 

Please note that due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) our hub groups are meeting online using Zoom. Some of our groups had been meeting face to face since the end of September, but from 16th December 2020 these meetings in community venues have been suspended until further notice. If you wish to join in a meeting you need to book a place as space is limited. 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 will update you as things change.

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.

We also have a Men's Carers' Group that started meeting in January 2020. Due to the coronavirus the group has been meeting online on Zoom since September 2020. It meets the last Tuesday of the month, from 1.30pm - 2.30pm. Contact us if you're 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 (meeting online during the COVID-19 situation), a Pudding Club, plus support groups in areas such as Borehamwood and Radlett. You can find out about all these here -  Carers' Support Hubs and Peer Led Groups List.

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

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) many of our Hub groups are meeting online via Zoom, an online video communications toolPlaces are limited for the meetings, but if you wish to be part of them you should book a place by calling us on 01992 58 69 69 or email

We will update you as things change. Please contact us for support or advice related to your caring role.

Monday 14th June 2021, 10.30am - 11.30am: Watford Carers Support Hub OnlineAn opportunity for carers to get together online to share information, support each other and chat over a cuppa. This meeting Louise Hosmer, our Project Development Officer (Urgent Carers' Breaks) will be talking about the service, and carers joining in will discuss plans for an outdoor meeting in July.

Tuesday 15th June 2021, 10.30am - 12.30pm: St Albans Carers Support HubClarence Park, St Albans. Carers can get together to socialise and go for a socially distanced walk if they would like. This time our Project Development Officer Louise Hosmer will be attending to talk about Urgent Carers' Breaks.

Wednesday 16th June 2021, 10.30am - 11.30am: Letchworth Carers Support Hub Online. An opportunity for carers to get together online for a chat and to support each other and one of our Carer Support Advisors will be attending and offering one to one conversations if there is anything you would like to discuss related to your caring role.

Thursday 17th June 2021, 10.30am - 11.30am: Harpenden Carers Support Hub Online. An opportunity for carers to get together online for a chat and to support each other. Our Project Development Officer Louise Hosmer will be joining the meeting to talk about Urgent Carers' Breaks.

Friday 18th June 2021, 11am - 12pm: Ware Carers Support Hub Online. An opportunity for carers to get together online for a chat and to support each other and one of our Carer Support Advisors will be attending and offering one to one conversations if there is anything you would like to discuss related to your caring role.

Monday 21st June 2021, 10.30am - 11.30am: Chorleywood and Rickmansworth Carers Support Hub OnlineAn opportunity for carers to get together online to share information, support each other and chat over a cuppa.

Tuesday 29th June 2021, 10.30am - 11.30am: Buntingford Carers Support Hub Online. An opportunity for carers to get together online for a chat. 

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. We are particularly looking for volunteers to run our Berkhamsted, Harpenden and Potters Bar Hub groups.

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.

Other articles in this category: « Carers' Assessments     Links »