Carers Week

Find out about what we're doing this Carers Week!

Carers Week logoThis Carers Week and throughout the year we work to ensure unpaid family and friend carers are identified, informed, supported and heard. We help with ‘Putting Carers on the Map’ – the theme of this year’s Carers Week (10th – 16th June 2024). We do this by highlighting carers’ invaluable contributions with people who provide or commission services as well as politicians and ensuring carers’ views and experiences are heard by them.

During Carers Week we have planned a mix of events online and in venues around Hertfordshire for unpaid carers who provide care or help to someone close to them who is ill, elderly, disabled or has an addiction, to join in with. Among the activities we have planned are an online quiz, support groups, information stands and events, forest bathing and a Make and Take Spa session. Details of the activities are below. We have also included details of events organised by Carers UK and organisations and individuals we work closely with.

An exhibition of photographs taken by Carers Camera Club members will also be on display at the Radlett Centre in Radlett, from 1st to 29th June 2024 – to coincide with Carers Week. This is the fourth exhibition of photos by carers and former carers who are part of the Club and the pictures relate to caring and life as a carer. The photographs have been chosen from those displayed in previous exhibitions.

If carers want to learn more about any events or are interested in joining in any, please contact us to book or register an interest. You can email us at contact@carersinherts.org.uk or call us 01992 58 69 69. Some events will be available to book online via the listing on our events page, otherwise please phone or email us.

We have also included details of events organised by Carers UK and organisations and individuals we work closely with.

Please also get in touch if you are planning any events for Carers Week that we can tell unpaid carers about – email comms@carersinherts.org.uk with details.

Carers Week is an annual campaign co-ordinated by national charity Carers UK, that aims to raise awareness of caring. You can find out more about Carers Week at www.carersweek.org and get materials to use for any event you are planning at www.carersweek.org/resources-and-downloads/

Our Resources

We have created an A4 poster that you can add details of any Carers Week event you are planning or your own information to, which included the Carers Week logo and our contact details. You can download the poster here – A4 Carers Week 2024 Editable Poster

So far the events planned in Hertfordshire are listed below:
Please contact us in the usual ways to book your place on any of our events. Call 01992 58 69 69 or email contact@carersinherts.org.uk

Carers in Hertfordshire events

Monday 10th June 2024

Watford Carers Support Hub Meeting, 10.30am – 12.30pm: A chance for carers living in Watford and the surrounding area to socialise and support each other. This meeting someone from Hertfordshire County Council’s Money Advice Unit will be attending to talk about benefits. The meeting is held at Peace Hospice, Peace Drive, Watford, Herts, WD17 3PH. You can book to attend online via this link – Watford Hub.

Information Stand at Stevenage Library, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Drop by to find out about the support we provide unpaid carers or how you can help us as a volunteer, with fundraising or donating your services or goods. We are attending as part of Hertfordshire County Council’s CareFest ’24, which is mainly aimed at older residents and people who need help with their mobility and their family carers. There should be the chance to learn CPR, have a blood pressure check, pick up some fitness and exercise tips and find out about mobility aids. This event takes place at Stevenage Central Library, Southgate, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 1HD.

Make and Take Spa Session Online, 1pm – 2.15pm: Learn how to make four spa products from basic household ingredients in this online session from TimeOut4Me. You’ll make a hand scrub, lip scrub, honey and oat scrub, and coffee or strawberry face masque. Light meditation and mindfulness exercises are also included in the session. You will need to provide your own household ingredients and equipment. You can book online via this link – Spa Session.

Tuesday 11th June 2024

Information Event, 10.30am – 2.30pm: For carers who have a disability, sensory impairment or long-term health condition or look after someone who is disabled or has a chronic health condition. There will be a chance to find out about the services various health, social care and community organisations in Hertfordshire provide and have your questions answered. Organisations include Headway, Herts Vision Loss, Herts Sport & Physical Activity Partnership, the Community Catalysts, Purple, AJM Wheelchair Services and Public Health. The event takes place at the Focolare Centre for Unity, Welwyn Garden City.

Berkhamsted Carers Support Hub Meeting, 11.15am – 12.45pm: A chance for carers living in the Berkhamsted area to socialise and support each other. This meeting someone from Hertfordshire County Council’s Money Advice Unit will be attending to talk about benefits. The meeting is held at The Vyne Theatre, Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4 1EH. You can book to attend this meeting online via this link – Berkhamsted Hub.

Face Yoga Online, 7pm – 7.45pm: This is a unique self-care class where you will take part in a combination of gentle breathing exercises and a self-face massage to release tension and stress on the face. You can book a place online via this link – Online Face Yoga.

Mental Health Carer Support Group Online, 7.30pm – 9pm. We provide this group in partnership with Hector’s House for carers who are supporting someone who is thinking about suicide or has tried to take their own life. You can book to attend this meeting online via this link – Mental Health Group.

Wednesday 12th June 2024

Hemel Hempstead Carers Support Hub Meeting, 10am – 11.45am: A chance for carers living in the Hemel Hempstead area to socialise and support each other. This meeting someone from Hertfordshire County Council’s Money Advice Unit will be attending to talk about benefits. The meeting is held at The South Hill Centre, Cemetery Hill, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP1 1JF. You can book online via this link – Hemel Hub.

Stand at the Big Step Out Walk, 10am – 4pm: We will have a stall at this event organised by Carers Stepping Out that plans walks for unpaid carers. There are three walks of various lengths that people can join in with. Tickets are £5 each and include a lunch. The event takes place at Hatfield House, Hatfield. to book or for more information email hallosteppingout@gmail.com or visit www.carerssteppingout.co.uk

Information Stand at Croxley Green Library, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Drop by to find out about the support we provide unpaid carers or about how you can help us as a volunteer, with fundraising or donating your services or goods. We are attending as part of Hertfordshire County Council’s CareFest ’24, which is mainly aimed at older residents and people who need help with their mobility and their family carers. There should be the chance to learn CPR, have a blood pressure check, pick up some fitness and exercise tips and find out about mobility aids. At Croxley Green Library, Barton Way, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3 3HB.

Carers’ Forum, 1pm – 3pm: East and North Herts NHS Trust runs Hertford County Hospital, Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Northwood, and the New QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City. We are supporting the Trust in holding this event for unpaid family and friend carers who use the hospitals or accompany someone they look after to them, so they can meet the Carer Leads, share feedback on their recent experiences of services and hear about planned improvements. The event will take place at QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City.

Sound Bath, 7pm – 8pm: Immerse yourself in sounds and vibrations and relax in this evening meditation event. The event takes place at Hormead Village Hall, near Buntingford, and will be run by Golden Bliss. You can book a place online via this link – Sound Bath.

Evening Carers’ Group Online, 7pm – 8.30pm: Carers can join us for this extended meeting of the monthly evening group for carers. Senior representatives from Hertfordshire County Council and NHS services in the county will be answering carers’ questions. You can submit a question to contact@carersinherts.org.uk by Wednesday 5th June 2024. You can book to attend online via this link – Evening Carers’ Group.

Thursday 13th June 2024

Forest Bathing, 10am – 12.15pm: Forest Bathing is a practice that supports health and wellness through guided immersion in natural environments such as forests and woodlands. Lecturer and psychologist Stephen Pack will guide you through a sequence of ‘invitations’ that welcome you to slow your mind and body, and to connect with nature using your senses. A forest bathing experience involves a gentle walk through the environment and typically incorporates a sharing circle – an opportunity for participants to share what they are noticing, and to be listened to – sometimes people share through spoken word, movement or even silence. This event is the first of six sessions, running weekly on Thursdays until 25th July 2024, at The University of Hertfordshire’s Bayfordbury campus near Hertford. You can book online via this link – Forest Bathing Session 1.

Carers’ Reading Group on Zoom, 10.30am – 11.30am: Meet other carers, discuss a book and chat over a cuppa. The book this month is The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan. You can book to join the meeting even if you haven’t read the book. You can book a space on this event at this link.

Young Onset Dementia Group Meeting, 11am to 12.30pm. This meeting is for carers of someone with Young Onset or Early Onset Dementia (diagnosis before the age of 65). This is a chance for you to get together with other carers in similar situations. At Welwyn Garden City Library, Welwyn Garden City. You can book a place online via this link – Young Onset Dementia Meeting.

Navigating the Maze of Ageing Online Workshop, 11.30am – 12.30pm: A guide to helping someone you look after remain independent and have your questions about ageing- related issues answered. You can book a place online via this link – Ageing Workshop.

Online Quiz Night, 7.30pm – 9pm: Carers can test their knowledge in a fun quiz held on Zoom. You can book a space on this event at this link.

Friday 14th June 2024

Online Morning Carers’ Group, 10.30am – 11.30am on Zoom: Meet with other carers, share information, support each other and chat over a cuppa. You can book a space on this event at this link.

Cake Sale and Information at Barclays Bank, Unit 3 The Forum Centre, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 1ES, 9.30am – 3pm. Barclays are supporting us and carers by hosting a cake sale.

Lower Lea Valley Carers’ Health and Wellbeing Event, 10.30am – 12.30pm in Goffs Oak. We are working with the GP surgeries in the Lower Lea Valley area of Hertfordshire (Broxbourne, Cheshunt, Goffs Oak, Waltham Cross and also Cuffley in Welwyn Hatfield) to hold this event for local carers. Carers often neglect their own health whilst looking after a relative, partner or friend. This event encourages carers to discuss their own health needs, carers’ health checks – what a good one looks like – and what can be done to help you attend appointments. Call or email us to book a place.

Carers UK events

Carers UK has several online Share and Learn events during Carers Week. There is a chance to find out about the UK Covid Inquiry and how you can share your experience of the pandemic, on Tuesday 11th June 2024, 2pm – 3pm.
There is a session on self-compassion on Thursday 13th June, 2pm – 3.30pm and on Friday 14th June, 11am – 12pm noon, there is a discussion about being a carer in older age and the challenges it brings.
To book onto any session or find out more about them visit the Carers UK website via this link – Carers UK Share and Learn Sessions.

Third party events

Fundraising Walk in Stevenage on Saturday 15th June 2023: Carer and supporter Norman is holding his 10th fundraising walk around the main lake at Fairlands Valley Park in Six Hills Way, Stevenage, and would welcome people to join him for some or all of the time he plans to walk. Money raised will go to our work supporting carers. Norman will be walking from 11am to 4pm. If you would like to take part or make a donation please contact Norman on 07884 336012. You can donate to the walk on JustGiving at this link – Norman’s fundraising walk.

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is holding a coffee, cake and chat event for carers who look after someone experiencing a mental health condition. The drop-in event will take place at their offices at The Colonnades in Hatfield, on Monday 10th June 2024, 1pm – 4pm. There will be the chance to share experiences of mental health services or find out about support for you or the person you look after. We will be at the event to talk to carers about what we do. You can find out more or express your interest in attending by emailing hpft.carers@nhs.net

Turning Point Carers Coffee Morning in Stevenage, 11am – 1pm on Friday 14th June 2024. The event is mainly for carers of someone receiving a service from Turning Point, but other family and friend carers in Hertfordshire are welcome to attend. We will be attending to issue Carers’ Passports (discount and ID cards) to carers who don’t have one. Places are limited, so if you want to attend please call 01438 211185 to register an interest.

Hitchin and Whitwell Primary Care Network’s Hitchin Carers Café on Friday 14th June 2024, 10am – 12pm noon at Church House, Churchyard, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 1HP. This is a drop-in event for family and friend carers in the Hitchin and North Herts area to get together. You can also take the person you look after with you to this event.