This Carers Week we’re helping carers stay Healthy and Connected

 

Carers Week 2016

Looking after someone who is elderly, disabled, ill or who misuses drugs or alcohol can be hugely rewarding but, without the right support, carers can feel isolated or neglect their own health.

The theme of this year’s Carers Week is Healthy and Connected – ensuring carers are recognised and have access to the information and support they are entitled to – which is at the heart of what we do at Carers in Hertfordshire.

Roma Mills, our Policy and Engagement Manager, said: “Carers often put their own needs behind those of the person they are caring for. Many say they don’t get a good night’s sleep or have put off making a health appointment. It’s important carers tell health, care and relevant charity professionals about their caring role so they receive the help and services you are entitled to.”

Carers Week is a national awareness week to raise the profile of carers and caring and this year it takes place from 11th -17th June 2018.

During the week there will be a range of events for carers to meet other carers, get information or have a break from caring. Events planned include drop-in information events, an information event to learn more about accommodation options for the person you care for, pamper sessions and a Picnic and Play session for families with a disabled young person under 19. Details of the activities are below.

We will also have information stands in shops, hospitals and other venues – so do stop by to say hello and find out more about our services or ask a question.

If you have any questions about our Carers Week activity please call 01992 58 69 69. If you are planning any events for Carers Week please let us know, email

 

Resources Available

We have a Carers Week 2018 A4 poster that you can add your own details too. You could add information about any event you have planned; details about how you support carers; or the names and contact information for any carers champion you may have in your organisation.

  pdf Carers Week 2018 editable A4 poster PDF (350 KB)

  archive Carers Week 2018 editable poster Word document (364 KB)

 

Carers UK has a dedicated Carers Week website at www.carersweek.org On the website they have some resources to download for free such as posters, the Carers Week logo and Healthy and Connected logo (Carers UK Carers Week 2018 resources). There is also a shop where you can by items (Carers UK shop)

 

So far the events planned are:
(click Day to see events)

 

Monday 11th June 2018

Practical Caring and Living Course Starts

Garden House Hospice, Gillison Close, Letchworth, SG6 1QU.

1.30pm-3.30pm

This course will run over six weekly sessions on Mondays until 9th July 2018. The first session will introduce the support we and the hospice can offer. There will also be a discussion about sleep and tips about relaxation and meditation.  Places are free and should be booked via Carers in Hertfordshire on 01992 58 69 69 or email

Monday 11th June 2018

Carers in Hertfordshire Watford Carers Support Hub

Peace Hospice, Peace Drive, Watford, WD17 3PH.

10.30am-12.30pm

This is a free drop in support group for carers wanting to meet up and find out about local services and support for them.

 

Tuesday 12th June 2018

Carers' Drop-in Information Event

Lister Hospital, Corey's Mill Lane, Stevenage, SG1 4AB

10am-3pm

We are working with East and North Herts NHS Trust for this event where carers can get some information or advice to help with your caring role. We will also be registering carers for our Carers' Passport Discount Card that gives access to savings in restaurants, shops and other businesses in Hertfordshire, including the hospital.

Wednesday 13th June 2018

Accommodation Information Event

BioPark, Broadwater Road, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 3TT.

10am-3pmLearn about housing options for the person you care for such as supported or sheltered housing. There should be represenatives from Hertfordshire County Council and other providers in attendance to answer your questions. Please book a place via Carers in Hertfordshire. 

Wednesday 13th June 2018

Carers' Information Event

Asda, 98 Town Centre, Hatfield, AL10 0JP

2pm -5.30pm

The Carers in Hertfordshire Young Carers Team will be on hand to talk about our services and also a new app aimed at Young Carers in Hertfordshire that is due to be launched during Carers Week.

Wednesday 13th June 2018

Hemel Hempstead Carers Support Hub

South Hill Centre, Cemetery Hill, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1JF

10.30am-12pm noon

Our Carers Support Hub is a free, drop-in group run by carers for carers. It is a chance to meet other carers in your area, find out about local support and services for you and sometimes hear from speakers about issues relevant to your caring role. This time one of our Carer Support Advisors will be attending to provide one to one advice and there will be some cakes in celebration of Carers Week. If you want to express an interest in attending please contact us on 01992 58 69 69 or email

Wednesday 13th June 2018

Carers' Information Event

Hemel Hempstead Hospital, Hillfield, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 4AD

10am -3pm

West Herts Hospitals NHS is holding a drop-in information event for carers to learn more about how the trust supports carers. There will also be a chance to find out more about the services we provide and sign up to our Carers' Passport Discount Card.

Friday 15th June  2018

Pampering and Information Event

Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Road, Bushey, WD23 4EE.

11am - 3.30pm

Carers in Watford, Hertsmere and Three Rivers can get information and enjoy some pampering at this event organised by our Crossroads Care team. To book a place please contact the office on 020 8905 1158.

Sunday 17th June  2018

Family Picnic and Play

SEND Pavilion and Playground, Aldenham Country Park, Aldenham Road, Elstree, WD6 3BA.

4pm - 7pm

This event is for families of children or young people under 19 with a Special Educational Need or Disability and attend a special school in Hertfordshire. The child, their parent(s) and brothers/sisters can join us to spend time together at this multi-sensory play facility and have a picnic tea. Places are limited and must be booked by contacting us. Priority will be given to families who have not attended one of these sessions in the past.

 

  

For more details about any Carers in Hertfordshire event or to book call 01992 58 69 69 or email

Caring can be a rewarding experience, but it’s important that carers get the help they need to maintain their health, wellbeing and finances. Carers Week, held each year, is an opportunity to identify unpaid carers, talk about the issues they face and encourage communities to be carer-friendly.

The theme of this year's Carers Week (12th - 18th June 2017) continues on from last year - Building Carer Friendly Communities.

Carer Friendly Communities are places where local people, businesses and services support carers to look after their loved one well and recognise they that carers’ needs, health and wellbeing should be supported. It could be that the local pharmacy delivers prescriptions or the GP or Optician provides flexible appointments to carers.

Our Chief Executive Michèle Stokes, said: “Caring for someone can be isolating and a balancing act, but easy access to the right support can make a big difference. That is why we at Carers in Hertfordshire offer unpaid carer information, advice and support and aim to give carers a chance to have a break from their caring role.”

Michèle continued: “Everyone has a part to play in recognising the importance of carers and we’re encouraging all members of the community to consider what they can do to be more carer-friendly.”

Throughout Carers Week and the year we will be out and about in the community reaching out to unpaid carers and we look forward to meeting you.

During the week there will be a range of events for carers to meet other carers, get information or have a break from caring. Events planned include drop-in information events, a carer-friendly employer workshop for businesses, pamper sessions and a canal boat trip for families with a disabled young person under 19. Details of the activities are below.

We will also have information stands in shopping centres, hospitals and other venues – so do stop by to say hello and find out more about our services or ask a question.

How you can get involved

There are various ways you can get involved in Carers Week:

Recommend organisations, services and employers that are carer-friendly – post details on www.carersweek.org or email to

Share pictures on our Facebook or Twitter @CarersinHerts pages or the Carers Week page @carersweek. Don’t forget to use #CarersWeek, #HertsCarersWeek and #carerfriendlycommunities.

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