In order to improve these services it is vitally important that the experiences and views of carers are listened to and acted upon.
We believe we make a difference by working together. The involvement of carers is very much needed:
- To give carers a real say in what services are working well and how they are delivered
- To ensure planners and managers hear about services which are not effective or supportive
- To ensure services respect people's dignity, independence and promote recovery
- To ensure carers get the help and advice they need when they need it
- To influence the development of new and better services
Who are we?
The Mental Health Carers Involvement Project Team is funded by NHS Hertfordshire and Hertfordshire County Council. The Project Team has two Involvement Workers:
Sarah Williams covering the west of the county (St Albans, Dacorum, Hertsmere, Three Rivers and Watford)
Deryn Sparrow covering the east of the county (Broxbourne, East Herts, North Herts, Stevenage and Welwyn/Hatfield)
They are led by the Carers Involvement Manager Roma Mills.
What do we do?
- Provide you with the training and support you may need to help you represent your views to the health and social care authorities who commission and manage mental health services in Hertfordshire
- Provide you with the opportunity to meet and talk to other carers who have had similar experiences to your own
- Hold a Mental Health Carers' Forum, which meets regularly to share information and concerns. Carers' views are welcomed and you can have the opportunity to influence service developments. Details of our 2017 forums are available in the poster that can be downloaded below. Book your place by visiting our Events calendar. You can also download the minutes and reports from the Forums below.
For those carers who are unable to attend regular meetings, we organise a Carers' Involvement Network where you can tell us about your experiences of services by email, telephone conversations, responding to surveys or attending one-off workshops. Call 01992 58 69 69 for more information or email us.
Our newsletter Having a Voice is available to download below. The most recent issue is October 2016.
Upcoming courses and events
Caring and Coping Course: Thursdays 14th September - 19th October 2017 at Hoddesdon Parish Church (The Arc Room), Pauls Lane, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.
The free course run by Rethink Mental Illness with us, Carers in Hertfordshire, takes place over six weekly sessions. It covers mental illness and its treatment, the mental health system, communication skills, dealing with challenges and more.
You can learn more about the course on the poster available to download below (Caring & Coping Course Hoddesdon Sept 2017).
Other useful contacts
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) provides support and care for those with mental ill health or a learning disability.
Rethink Mental Illness provide a range of services including carer support.
Join us and together we can help improve your local mental health services.
Sarah Williams and Deryn Sparrow
Mental Health Carers Involvement Workers