It’s Young Carers Awareness Day 2019 on Thursday 31st January 2019 – a day to celebrate, recognise and raise awareness about young carers in the UK. The focus this year is young carers’ mental health and to tie in with this we're calling for people to 'Walk a mile in young carers' shoes'.
As the festive season is well underway we want to send Season's Greetings to carers, our supporters, volunteers and staff. We also want to remind unpaid carers within Hertfordshire or those looking after someone in the county that we are open between Christmas and the New Year if you want information, advice or to talk to someone about your caring situation.
We carried out a survey with carers about the State of Caring in Hertfordshire between January and March 2018.1 ,434 carers responded to the survey and some of the findings included:
• Two in five carers have neglected their own health because of their caring responsibilities and one in five carers have missed a health appointment;
• One third of carers responding to the survey said they have struggled financially and a fifth said their health is affected by money worries; and
• 80% of the 1,282 carers completing the questions about work and caring said they had changed their work pattern to care, with 29% giving up work to care full-time.
Through our services such as our Carer Information and Planning Service and our involvement work, we aim to work with carers to ensure they have access to the help they need to make their caring role easier and improve their health and wellbeing.
We use information such as these findings to plan our services and to share with other partners and services in Hertfordshire in order to highlight the needs and views of carers.
You can learn about more of the findings in the three summary reports available to download below:
pdf Carers’ Health and Wellbeing (340 KB) ;
pdf Caring and Finances (701 KB) ;
pdf Caring and Working (677 KB) .
We are launching the final two Carer Support Hub groups supported with money from the Big Lottery Fund – one in Royston and one in Harpenden. Hubs are free groups that meet monthly and unpaid carers can drop into them to meet up with other carers, get advice about support available to them and find out about local health and care services.