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.
Staff and customers at the Stevenage Sainsbury’s store in Magpie Crescent have chosen to support unpaid carers and countywide charity Carers in Hertfordshire as their Local Charity of the Year and we held a succesful launch for the partnership - raising £550 and supported by the Mayor of Stevenage.
Carers in Scotland that receive Carer’s Allowance are to get a boost as the benefit is being increased in line with Jobseeker’s Allowance – equivalent to an extra £8.50 a week. Now, Carers UK is calling for the Government to raise Carer’s Allowance in the rest of the UK to match changes in Scotland.
From coffee mornings or afternoon tea and sponsored walks to live music events and more, taking part in a fundraising activity or organising one is a great way to support Carers in Hertfordshire. Throughout the year we are pleased to get involved with fundraising events organised by individuals, businesses, schools and groups held to support us. We also plan our own activities or have fundraising and information stands at various community events or activities that you can join in too.
Please consider joining us or getting involved in an event. We welcome all support as it makes a big difference to ensure we continue making carers count.
Below is a list of upcoming events. To learn more about any event please get in touch with the contact, details provided and if you want to find out about volunteering at any of them please call 01992 58 69 69 or email
Saturday 1st December 2018: Christmas tree lighting
From 5.30pm - 7.30pm at Bradmore Green, Brookmans Park.
The Rotary Club of Brookmans Park, which is supporting us this year, has organised this tree lighting event. There will be hot drinks and mince pies, Christmas music and a raffle. Santa will also arrive in his sleigh to greet the children.
From 2.30pm - 4pm at Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Stevenage Old Town, SG1 3JD.
The Mayor of Stevenage Cllr Margaret Notley, who is supporting us as one of the charities she is supporting whilst Mayor, is hosting this event. No tickets are needed for this event. For further information please contact the Mayor's office on 01438 242227.
From 3pm - 5pm at Symonds Green Community Centre, Filey Close, Stevenage, SG1 2JW.
The Mayor of Stevenage is holding this Civic Service celebration. Everyone is welcome, no tickets are needed.
From 10am - 12pm noon at the Cafe at Hertford Methodist Church, Ware Road, Hertford, SG13 7DZ.
Enjoy a cup of tea/coffee, cake and conversation at this event organised by Inner Wheel Hertford, which is supporting us as one of their charities of the year.
We’re delighted to have been chosen as the Local Charity of the Year for three Sainsbury’s stores – Letchworth (Third Avenue), Stevenage (Magpie Crescent) and Marshalwick Lane in St Albans.