There were plenty of smiles to be seen as families with a disabled child under 19, enjoyed time together at our Picnic.
Nearly 60 people, from Watford, Elstree and even Stevenage and Hitchin, attended the Family Picnic at Aldenham Country Park, Elstree, on Sunday 12th June our final event of Carers Week 2016.
Mums, dads and their children welcomed the chance to talk to others in a similar situation to them and enjoy some family time.
The youngsters also enjoyed arts activities indoors and the Specialist Play Centre facilities, which included outdoor adventure play equipment such as swings and a zip wire, and indoor sensory and soft play areas.
Everyone was treated to a picnic tea with sandwiches, pizza, fruit, cakes and more.
Saloni Shah, who attended with husband David and son Sachin, who has a global development delay and a range of other conditions, said: “We had a wonderful time at the picnic, enjoying the company of other parents and children and the facilities. We are really grateful to Carers in Hertfordshire for helping us make these important connections, and learn from each others' experiences.”
Tracie Warr, attended with fiancé Henry Campbell and daughters Mya, who has a range of disabilities, epilepsy and autism, and Elle, said: “It was a really lovely afternoon. Staff at Carers in Hertfordshire are very supportive and informative and I have found the courses they organise useful.”
Gemma Biggs, who went with daughters Olivia and Emily and their carer support Vicki Langridge, said: “We had a great afternoon and it was lovely to have the time and space to catch up with some friends, as you always bump into someone you know in the 'special needs world'. It was also nice to have a chat with the lovely ladies from Carers in Hertfordshire.”
Maria Kiely, our Parent Carer Worker, said: “It was great to welcome so many families to our picnic, as part of our Carers Week events. Caring for a child with a disability or other condition, can cause stress on relationships, financial pressures, and isolation for the parent or carer and any other children they have. We recognise how important it is for families do things together as it can benefit their health and wellbeing and have a positive impact on the child receiving extra care. That is why we organised the picnic.”
We organise a range of meetings and events for parent carers during the year, as well as have e-newsletters. If you want us to keep in touch please let us know call 01992 58 69 69 or email