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Welcome to the Caring Communities Project funded by the BIG Lottery. Our aim is to launch 16 hubs providing local support and information for carers across Hertfordshire by 2019.

Community for carers logoWhat 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 will be a 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 11 hubs running in Bishop’s Stortford, Chorleywood, Hemel Hempstead, Hoddesdon, Potters Bar, Letchworth Garden City, St Albans, Stevenage, Ware, Watford and Welwyn Garden City. Two more hubs are planned to open in 2017/18 in Buntingford and Berkhamsted.

An evening hub in Hemel Hempstead has also been set up and started in January 2017. The group meets on the second Thursday of every other month at Greenhills Day Service, Tenzing Road, Hemel Hempstead, from 7pm - 8.30pm.

There is also an evening support group in Hatfield at the Tesco Extra (Community Room) on the second Wednesday of each month from 7.30pm - 9pm.

Each hub will have its own Carers' Support Group. Many other areas also currently have Peer Led Carer Support Groups. pdf Hubs and Peer Led List 2017 (334 KB) .  You can also view 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. Groups are led by volunteers, who are carers themselves.

Many of the groups have agreed that they wish to focus on offering each other emotional and practical support at meetings. 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.

Watford Carers enjoy a cream teaWatford Carers enjoy a cream tea.

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.

Volunteer Ambassador JamesVolunteer Ambassador James promoting support for carers at a Community Event.

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.

Click here to see a video of carers at our Singing course..

Upcoming Hub Events.

Wednesday 25th October 2017, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Potters Bar Carers Support Hub at Furzefield Court (Residents Lounge), Mutton Lane, Potters Bar: Someone from the Money Advice Unit will speak about benefits such as Personal Independence Payments, Disability Living Allowance, Council Tax and rate relief and the Blue Badge scheme.

Thursday 26th October 2017, 10am - 12pm noon: Stevenage Carers Support Hub at Stevenage Leisure Centre. Someone from the Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS) will be talking about the support they offer, including the meal service and there will be a chance to sample their hot meals and desserts. There will also be a speaker from North Herts Community Voluntary Service.

Friday 27th October 2017, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Hoddesdon Carers Support Hub at Hoddesdon Baptist Church, Hoddesdon: Someone from the Hertwise, one of the county's dementia service providers, will be speaking about Lasting Power of Attorney and there will be a chance to have one to one appointments with a Carer Support Advisor.

Thursday 9th November 2017: We are launching a Carers Support Hub in Berkhamsted and are holding an Information and Support Event. It will take place at All Saints' Church, Shrublands Road, Berkhmasted, from 10.30am - 1.30pm. There will be a relaxation session, a chance to meet other carers and discuss what you would like from a support group. If you wish to attend please contact us to book a place - call 01992 58 69 69 or email  

Monday 20th November 2017, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Chorleywood and Rickmansworth Carers Support Hub: There is a change of venue this month to Christ Church, The Common, Rickmansworth Road, Chorleywood.

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, but 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. We will be holding a Carer Support and Information events for carers to help shape their local services in  Berkhamsted later this year.

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.

One way we keep in touch with our Hub Volunteers is via newsletter and you can read our latest pdf Hub Volunteer Newsletter March 2017 (454 KB) here.

We would love to hear from you!

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Alex Daar
Caring Communities Project Officer

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