Our AGM and Annual Event for Carers normally takes place in September and we were delighted to welcome around 200 unpaid carers and professionals from health and community services to our 2019 Annual Event for Carers.
The event in Hatfield enabled carers to socialise and obtain information to help them in their caring role. Representatives from organisations such as HRJ Foreman Laws and Hertfordshire County Council, including its Money Advice Unit, were on hand to carers’ queries.
We also asked carers to share their views on what they think we do well and if there are any gaps in support in Hertfordshire. This is to help us plan our next Business Strategy, due from April 2020.
Hertfordshire Libraries Service had a display where carers could find out more about their services including the Carer’s Library Card that enables carers to borrow more items, for longer – up to 30 at a time and for up to six weeks – without reservation fees and with reduced late fees. To apply for a card enquire at your local Hertfordshire library or call 0300 123 4049.
Speakers from Carers UK and NHS organisations in Hertfordshire gave presentations about what is happening locally and nationally related to caring. Issues included Carers UK’s campaign for Carer’s Allowance to be increased and Hertfordshire NHS organisations’ plans to review outpatients’ appointments and if they can be delivered in community settings like GP practices.
Some carers attended a workshop, the topics were:
• Resilience – carers learnt some techniques to manage stress;
• Safeguarding –Hertfordshire County Council’s Head of Adult Safeguarding, Keith Dodd, spoke about the different types of abuse and the safeguarding process; and
• Finding and Funding a Care Home.
A carer who attended the event said: “It was a very informative day. I got the Carers’ Passport Discount Card and met other carers, which made me realise I am not alone.”
We will share details of our 2020 AGM and Annual Event for Carers when we have them.
You can read our latest impact report in our Impact Report 2018 to 2019.
Pictures from the 2019 AGM are below.