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 14 hubs running in Berkhamsted, Bishop’s Stortford, Borehamwood, Buntingford, Chorleywood, Hemel Hempstead, Hoddesdon, Potters Bar, Letchworth Garden City, St Albans, Stevenage, Ware, Watford and Welwyn Garden City. New Hub groups will be set up in Harpenden and Royston during 2018/19.
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 List 2018 (222 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 new 2017 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.
Tuesday 14th August 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our Berkhamsted Carers Support Hub meets at The Swan Youth Project, Berkhamsted. This meeting someone from Age UK Hertfordshire will be visiting to talk about Power of Attorney - what it is and how to make one.
Wednesday 15th August 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our Letchworth Carers Support Hub meets at the Garden House Hospice, Letchworth. This meeting there will be a talk about our Make a Difference Service.
Wednesday 15th August 2018, 12pm noon - 2pm: Our Welwyn Garden City Carers Support Hub meets at the United Reformed Church in Welwyn Garden City. This meeting representatives from our Carers' Camera Club will visit with examples of some of the pictures that were in our recent photography exhibition.
Friday 17th August 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our Ware Carers Support Hub meets at the Salvation Army Hall, Ware. This meeting someone is visiting to give a reflexology talk and demonstration.
Monday 20th August 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our Chorleywood and Rickmansworth Carers Support Hub meets at the Chorleywood Beaumont Care Home in Rickmansworth. This meeting someone from Guideposts will be talking about Asperger Syndrome and Autism.
Tuesday 21st August 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our St Albans Carers Support Hub meets at St Paul's Church, Blandford Road, St Albans. This meeting someone from the University of Hertfordshire will visit to get carers' feedback about what makes a good nurse as the university is designing its nursing curriculum and wants to see if there are any topics or points to include.
Tuesday 18th September 2018, 11.15am - 2.15pm: We will be launching our Harpenden Carers Support Hub with an Information and Support Event at the Quaker Meeting House, 12 Southdown Road, Harpenden, AL5 1PD. There will be a chance to find out about local support for you, what a Hub is and what support you would like from a group as well as a chance to join in a yoga and relaxation session. Places are limited and must be booked by calling 01992 58 69 69 or email
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.
From July 2018 our Borehamwood Carers Support Hub will be meeting at a new, bigger venue. The Hub will be meeting at Allum Manor House & Hall (Room 3), 2 Allum Lane, Elstree, Herts, WD6 3PJ. The group meets on the second Thursday of the month from 10am – 12pm noon and will have the first meeting at this new venue on Thursday 12th July 2018.
There will be a new Watford Carers Support Hub group in January 2018. This Hub will meet on the second Monday of the month at Peace Hospice Care, Peace Drive, Watford, from 10.30am - 12.30pm and the first meeting will be on Monday 8th January 2018. The group that has been meeting at Asda (community room), St Albans Road, Watford, will continue to meet on the first Thursday of the month from 10.30am to 12.30pm and will next meet on Thursday 4th January 2018.
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.
One way we keep in touch with our Hub Volunteers is via newsletter and you can read our latest pdf Hub Volunteer Newsletter (566 KB) here.
We would love to hear from you!
Caring Communities Project Officer