This Carers Week (8th -14th June) we are encouraging people who provide unpaid care to a relative, loved one, friend or neighbour, to reach out to organisations like ours if they haven't already, to access information, support and advice to help them with their caring role. You may also be interested in the activities we and others are running, mainly online, during the week. We have a range of events planned online, on Zoom, including a support group where carers can have a chat over a cuppa, an art session, a legal planning workshop, and carer question and answer sessions. You can learn more on our Carers Week page.
We are also encouraging the community to help us in making caring visible – the theme of the week – by thinking about the people they know who may be caring for someone and contacting them to see how they are.
Michèle Stokes, our Chief Executive, said: “This Carers Week and beyond it’s important that we recognise the role unpaid carers play in the lives of the people they support. As a result of COVID-19 more people have taken on a caring role – 887 people have registered with us in the last three months – and carers are facing new or increased challenges. We want to ensure carers feel valued and have access to the support and services they are entitled to that can help them in their caring role and let them know we are on hand to help with this. We also want to make sure they look after their own health and wellbeing.”
Michèle added: “As restrictions ease and face to face activities like our courses and support groups resume, we’d like to encourage carers to have confidence in accessing services or taking exercise. It will be of benefit to your physical and mental wellbeing.”
Finally, she commented: “Our strategic partners at Hertfordshire County Council and the county’s NHS organisations have been incredibly supportive during the coronavirus situation. They have enabled us to adapt our services and be flexible so we can best meet carers’ needs with the resources available.”
Halfway through the week, for some fun and to raise funds for our work, there is a Bingo Night on Zoom on Wednesday 10th June, 7pm – 9pm thanks to Charity of the Year partner Herts business networking group Platinum Point. For details or to buy a game card go to the listing on Eventbrite or call us.
Our Young Carers Service is holding a competition for the young carers registered with us to design a poster (details at www.ycih.org). The team has also launched a video to celebrate a health project that involved young carers and staff from the charity, East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust and East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, reviewing the support the NHS provided young carers. To watch the video, launched on Monday 8th June 2020, clink on the link - Young Carers' Video.
An easy way you can support us in raising awareness is displaying our Carers Week poster in a window. The poster features our contact details and is available on our Carers Week page along with further details about the planned activities.
The information, advice and services we provide the 32,600 + carers registered with us means so much to those who access them. As carer Clare, who looks after an elderly relative said: “Carers in Hertfordshire means so much to carers like me as you put us first and allow us to think about and prioritise our health and wellbeing, so we can continue caring if we need or want to.”
If you provide unpaid care to someone and would like support from Carers in Hertfordshire or you wish to join in any of the Carers Week events, you call us on 01992 58 69 69 or email