What are Carer Support Hubs?
You told us that you wanted much stronger local support for carers. It is our job to use the £200,000 BIG Lottery Fund to provide a grassroots service run by carers for carers, to best meet your needs. The hubs are one-stop shop where you can find information about what is happening in your local area, get advice, support and make friends.
We now have 15 hubs running in Berkhamsted, Bishop’s Stortford, Borehamwood, Buntingford, Chorleywood, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead, Hoddesdon, Potters Bar, Letchworth Garden City, St Albans, Stevenage, Ware, Watford and Welwyn Garden City. Our final Hub group as part of the lottery funded project will be set up in Royston shortly (before April 2019).
Our hubs are groups run by volunteers or carers for carers and focus on offering emotional and practical support. Most groups meet once a month and offer activities include a programme of speakers and time to talk. Carers can book 1:1 appointments with a Carers in Hertfordshire Carer Support Advisor at some meetings to plan their caring role.
In addition to our Carer Support Hub groups many areas will have Peer Led Carer Groups, for example there is a Carers' Camera Club, a Stitch and Knit group, plus support groups in areas such as Borehamwood and Bushey. You can find out about all these here - pdf Hubs and Peer Led Support Groups List 2018 (221 KB) .
There are some evening groups - one in Hemel Hempstead that meets on the second Thursday of every other month at Greenhills Day Service, Tenzing Road, Hemel Hempstead, from 7pm - 8.30pm and another in Hatfield at the Tesco Extra (Community Room) on the second Wednesday of each month from 7.30pm - 9pm.
You can find out more about Hubs in our video An Introduction to Carer Support Hubs and there is also a video about the Stevenage Carers' Support group here which we have been supporting for a number of years. This will give you an idea of what a Carer Support Group will look like.
In addition each hub area will have Volunteer Ambassadors whose role it is to help identify new carers and to spread the word about what is available locally for them.
Within each hub area you can also attend workshops to learn new skills and have a break from caring. Please click here to see what events are available.
Upcoming Hub Events.
Wednesday 28th November 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our Potters Bar Carers Support Hub meets at King Charles Martyr Church, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar. This month there will be a speaker from Careline will be demonstrating different telecare products including community alarm pendants. There will also be the chance to have a one to one appointment with a Carer Support Advisor.
Thursday 29th November 2018, 10am - 12pm noon: Our Stevenage Carers Support Hub meets at Stevenage Leisure Centre. This month there will be a speaker from the British Schools Museum in Hitchin talking about the effect of the First World War on school pupils and teachers.
Wednesday 5th December 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our Bishop's Stortford Carers Support Hub meets at Bishop's Stortford Baptist Church. This month we will be asking carers about the courses they would like us to run to help us plan our programme. There will also be the chance to enjoy a mince pie and hot drink.
Wednesday 12th December 2018, 10.30am - 12pm noon: Our Hemel Hempstead Carers Support Hub meets at the South Hill Centre, Hemel Hempstead. This month one of the Community Navigators, Suzi Devanney will be attending to talk about the support Community Navigators provide to carers and others.
Thursday 13th December 2018, 10am - 12pm noon: Our Borehamwood Carers Support Hub meets at Allum Manor House and Hall, Elstree. You will be able to have a one to one appointment with a Carer Support Advisor and to celebrate the festive season there will be some mince pies to enjoy.
Changes to Hub venues and/or meeting dates or times
From September 2018 our Chorleywood and Rickmansworth Carers Support Hub will be meeting at a new venue. The Hub will be meeting at Christ Church Chorleywood, The Common, Rickmansworth Road, Chorleywood, WD3 5SG. The Hub meets on the third Monday of the month from 10.30am - 12.30pm.
From August 2018 our Potters Bar Carers Support Hub will be meeting at a new venue. The Hub will be meeting at King Charles the Martyr Church, 368 Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 3AS. The Hub meets on the last Wednesday of the month from 10.30am - 12.30pm.
Details of where and when the hubs meet are in the Hubs and Peer Led List that can be downloaded below. Hubs are drop-in groups and do not need to be booked, but we ask if possible that you plan to attend for the whole session. If you want to register an interest in attending or confirm the time and venue please contact us by phone on 01992 58 69 69 or email
How can you get involved?
There are lots of training opportunities for carers to take on a variety of voluntary roles when their local hub opens.
You can also look at the volunteer roles available in the Caring Communities Project by clicking here (link to Volunteer Jobs page) To register your interest in any part of this project email or call 01992 58 69 69.
We would love to hear from you!
Caring Communities Project Officer