We want to wish unpaid carers, our volunteers and supporters season’s greetings. Because of the coronavirus, 2020 has been a challenging year for us all, including family and friend carers – people providing unpaid care to someone who is disabled, elderly, has a mental or physical illness, or misuses substances. Many carers have had to provide more care without the usual support they get from services or family and friends. We want to remind carers that we are there to support you over the holiday season and throughout the year, especially in light of the recent Government restrictions.
Over the festive period we have a range of online activities planned to bring carers together for a chat or some light-hearted fun, including a trivial pursuits quiz on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and a taster yoga session on 29th December. We’ve also got opportunities for carers to have a chat on Zoom on Christmas Day (11am – 12pm noon), Boxing Day (11am – 12pm noon), New Year’s Day (2pm-3pm) and regularly into January 2021.
You can keep updated about our services throughout our website and for event visit our events page.
Our Carer Support Advisors are there to talk to and provide information or guidance related to caring, throughout the festive break, apart from the bank holidays. So please get in touch if you need to – email us at or call 01992 58 69 69. For out of hours help, some useful contacts are Hertfordshire County Council Adult Care Services on 0300 123 4042 and for Children’s Services call 0300 123 4043.
Although this year has been different due to the pandemic, we’re grateful for the volunteers who have joined us – mainly making phone calls to carers to check how they are and connecting them to support. We’ve adapted how we work in order to continue identifying, informing and supporting carers. We’ve been providing more support over the phone and online. We have:
• Had around 7,500 Keep in Touch conversations with carers since mid-March.
• Delivered courses and workshops online and provided guides and tips for activities to do at home on our website. Among them is a factsheet with tips to help carers get through this holiday time – Tips to help carers this festive season.
Currently, there are just over 33,000 unpaid carers – children and adults – registered with Carers in Hertfordshire. However, there are many more hidden carers in Hertfordshire. With continued fundraising and volunteering support, we can carry on reaching carers, so they are aware of the help and services they are entitled to. Please get in touch if you’d like to support us in any way.
We look forward to a more positive time and welcoming carers back to face to face activities. However, please get in touch if you need assistance or want to learn how we can help support you in your caring role.