Charity of the Month: Carers in Hertfordshire

Carers in Hertfordshire is a countywide charity that was set up in 1995 to support unpaid carers, whatever the caring circumstances or condition of the person they care for. There are at least 109,000 unpaid carers in Hertfordshire – people looking after a loved one, who is elderly, disabled, has a learning disability or mental health condition or who misuses drugs or alcohol.

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“Ensuring Hertfordshire’s hidden carers are identified, supported and stay well and healthy, is at the heart of what we do. We give carers a voice with opportunities to meet other carers as well as share their views and experiences with those providing or planning health and social care services in Hertfordshire,” Carers in Hertfordshire’s Health and Wellbeing Manager Carole Whittle explains.

The services that Carers in Hertfordshire provides include:

  • Free courses and workshops for carers – some providing skills to support them in their caring role such as first aid, moving and handling and some more interest based such as crafts or sports;
  • A Carers’ Passport Discount Card that provides valued financial support with discounts in a range of businesses across Hertfordshire;
  • Carer Planning and Advice. Carers can contact the trained Carer Support Advisors to talk about their caring role and any questions they have;
  • Carer Support Hubs. These are support groups run by carers for carers so they can find out about the help available local to them. There are 10 hubs that can be found in Bishop’s Stortford, Chorleywood, Hemel Hempstead, Hoddesdon, Potters Bar, Letchworth Garden City, St Albans, Stevenage, W
    atford and Welwyn Garden City. Three new hubs are planned this year in Ware, Buntingford and Berkhamsted.
  • Activites and support for children in a caring role through the Young Carers Service.

CIHCurrently, over 24,000 carers – aged from 5 years upwards are registered with the charity. Julie Hayes, Volunteer Co-ordinator, said: “We have roles in our offices in Hertford and Borehamwood providing admin and reception support as well as those that involve volunteering in the community such as Carer Mentors and fundraisers. Whether you are available a few hours each week or month or can help out occasionally we’d love to hear from you.”

If you want to get involved with Carers in Hertfordshire as a volunteer or supporter or are a carer and would like advice or support please contact the charity on 01992 58 69 69 or email contact@carersinherts.org.uk Alternatively, visit their website.

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