During Carers Week (7th-13th June 2021) and all year round we are reaching out to children and adults who help look after or support a family member or someone close to them due to illness, disability or other reason, to connect with services like Carers in Hertfordshire so they have access to services and information to help them in their caring role, to keep well and have time to themselves too.
To mark the week the charity has planned a range of events for carers to join in with – most of them online due to the coronavirus, but there are some walks too in St Albans and Ware.
The theme of the national awareness week this year is to make caring visible and valued and Carers in Hertfordshire hope all parts of the community, including businesses, schools, and health and care services, do their bit to show carers they are valued and to make caring visible.
Michèle Stokes, our Chief Executive, said: “During the coronavirus pandemic many people have taken on new or extra caring responsibilities. We want to remind anyone looking after a relative, friend or someone close to them, that you don’t need to do so alone. We and other organisations such as councils and NHS and voluntary services, are there for you during Carers Week and all year round. We provide information, advice and opportunities to have a break from caring or connect with other carers or services. So, get in touch to find out how we can help you!”
Carers may be interested in the following events we have planned:
• A Coming out of COVID-19 panel discussion and Q&A about health, care and community services in Hertfordshire as we move out of COVID-19 restrictions and what support carers would like. The panel will include representatives from Hertfordshire County Council, Herts and West Essex NHS Integrated Care System, Age UK Hertfordshire, Mind in Mid Herts, and Crossroads Care Hertfordshire North. The session will be held on Zoom on Wednesday 9th June, 2pm-4pm.
• A poetry writing workshop online on Wednesday 9th June.
• Quiz night online, the evening of Wednesday 9th June.
• A Yoga for Sleep Workshop on Zoom on Thursday 10th June, from 8pm.
You can find out about the Carers Week events planned in Hertfordshire on our Carers Week 2021 page or you can call the charity on 01992 58 69 69. There are also some posters on the website that you may want to print and display in a window or on a noticeboard to raise awareness.
Currently, just over 36,300 children and adults who care for someone, are known to Carers in Hertfordshire – up from 32,600 last Carers Week. For these carers the support of our charity means so much, as Julia, a carer for five years, shares. Julia, who currently supports her elderly mum and juggles a full-time job and caring, said: “The charity’s workshops and activities on Zoom for carers have helped me during the coronavirus lockdowns. They have provided time where I could do something for me that’s not to do with caring or work. In the past I’ve been unable to access these due to the time involved and work. It’s great that carers like me have Carers in Hertfordshire to call on if we need information or support related to caring.”
If you provide unpaid care to someone and you or they are in Hertfordshire, and you would like support from us or want to join in any of the Carers Week events, please email or call 01992 58 69 69.
For more information about Carers Week visit www.carersweek.org