Putting together the pieces of a carers life
During the event, carers formed a "Carers Construction Company" and plastered a wall with their suggestions for all the barriers to caring they wish to see demolished. Carers then created a "wall of support" with suggestions of all the support that helps them to continue caring and improvements carers wish to see.
All the suggestions will be analysed and used to inform agencies and Carers in Hertfordshire to develop an action plan for a carer friendly community.
The photo shows a Carer, with her construction team comprising: Tim Anfilogoff (HCC); Dr Sachin Gupta (carers champion) and Jane Hainstock (NHS Hertfordshire) with Sue Reeve (Carers in Hertfordshire).
Stress Busting, Laughing and Singing: New Experiences for Parent Carers
Thirty parent carers attended an action-packed day including laughter and singing workshops and information stands from a wide variety of organisations in Welwyn Garden City.
One carer commented: "I came in with a bit of stress in my shoulders and neck – it's all gone now! This has been a very nice, fun and interesting day."
Creative Carers Celebrate Success in Carers Week
Family carers, who have completed a Creative Writing Course at Hertford Regional College, gathered at warm and welcoming Hertford Methodist Church Oasis Café on 21 June to celebrate their award for Group Learners Achievement and their plans for a fundraising bookleteer.
Daniella who cares for her son with a rare disorder that requires numerous visits to hospitals in London and Birmingham said:"I really appreciated being able to relax and enjoy some light hearted fun on the course whilst learning new skills."
Carers Event - Mental Health Services in the 21st Century
Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nurses and a former psychiatric nurse who trained at Hill End Hospital in St Albans, was guest speaker at this event.
Dr Carter commented "Family carers are essential to mental health services, they keep things going on the front-line. It's good to see organisations like Carers in Hertfordshire making sure that they get the support and information that they need."
Sainsbury's Supports Carers
Local Sainsbury's stores in Hoddesdon and Harpenden supported Carers in Hertfordshire to reach hidden carers during Carers Week 18-24 June 2012.
"Hidden" carers are people who have a caring responsibility but do not recognise themselves as carers, and may not realise the support and advice available from local organisations.
Sainsbury's has pledged national support to help ease the plight of the UK's 6 million carers after research indicated that carers often did a 'double shop' - purchasing groceries separately for others while doing their own shopping.
Mike Bott, Manager of Sainsbury's Hoddesdon said:
"I believe it's not until you speak to carers and sit down with them that you realise what they do. Carers Week is a great week to acknowledge something that often goes unnoticed."
Sue Reeve, Chief Executive, Carers in Hertfordshire said:
"We know thousands of carers across the UK don't get the support they need because they simply don't know what help is available. Many carers become exhausted and unwell themselves, and they often don't know where to turn for help. We're delighted to have Sainsbury's support to make sure more carers find out about the support that's there for them locally."