<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Hertfordshire Life today click here

Charity of the month: Carers in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 12:22 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:47 29 August 2017

Carers in Hertfordshire provide a wide range of services to unpaid carers

Carers in Hertfordshire provide a wide range of services to unpaid carers

Carers in Hertfordshire

Around a quarter of the estimated 100,000-plus unpaid carers in the county are registered with a Herts charity that works to give them a voice and support

A county-wide charity set up in 1995, Carers in Hertfordshire supports unpaid carers, whatever their caring circumstances or condition of the person in their care. There are at least 109,000 unpaid carers in the county – people looking after a loved one who is elderly, disabled, has a learning disability or mental health condition or who misuses drugs or alcohol. More than 24,000 carers – aged from five years upwards are registered with the charity.

‘Ensuring Hertfordshire’s hidden carers are identified, supported and stay well and healthy is at the heart of what we do,’ the charity’s health and wellbeing manager Carole Whittle explains. ‘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.’

Services Carers in Hertfordshire provides include:

• Free courses and workshops for carers – some providing skills to support their caring role, such as first aid and moving and handling people, others more interest-based such as crafts or sports.

• A Carers’ Passport Discount Card that gives financial support with discounts with a range of businesses in Hertfordshire.

• Carer planning and advice. Carers can contact a trained carer support advisor to discuss their caring role and any questions they may have.

• Carer support hubs run by carers for carers so they can find out about local help available to them. There are hubs in Bishop’s Stortford, Chorleywood, Hemel Hempstead, Hoddesdon, Potters Bar, Letchworth, St Albans, Stevenage, Watford and Welwyn GC. 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.

Volunteer co-ordinator Julie Hayes says there are many ways people can help: ‘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 a week or month, or can help out occasionally, we’d love to hear from you.’

To find out more about becoming a Carers in Hertfordshire volunteer or supporter, or if you are or know a carer in need of advice or support, contact 01992 586969 or email contact@carersinherts.org.uk

The charity’s website is carersinherts.org.uk

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hertfordshire visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hertfordshire staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hertfordshire account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from People

00:00

Test your county credentials in this picture based quiz.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:25

Journalist, author and TV presenter Anne Robinson is heading back to our TV screens. Marianne Sweet visited her Costwold home to find out more - and to hear about her support for local libraries

Read more
Yesterday, 12:01

Whether you’re choosing a home care company for a family member or starting to plan for your own future, there are several important things that you should consider

Read more
Thu, 16:32

With breath-taking beaches, stunning stately homes and picture-perfect places, it’s no wonder so many TV shows choose to film in Suffolk. Here are 20 that set up camp in our county

Read more
Thu, 09:13

We announce our 2017 winner of 2017 Hampshire Food Hero at the Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards

Read more

Thousands of deprived children in Cheshire and Manchester wake up to a sack of toys on Christmas morning, thanks to one special Knutsford couple. Rebekka O’Grady met them to find out more.

Read more
Tue, 13:13

Designing fun, colourful prints in a fusion of tradtional European and modern Japanese styles, a pair of illustrators have combined talents to create a globally-successful business. Nikki Lennox Moorby met the duo in their Hitchin studio

Read more
November 2017
Tue, 12:36

You’ve all been very busy with phone or camera in hand this week in Suffolk - here are some of our favourite pictures taken by you

Read more
Tue, 12:13

When the Hon Ralph Montagu inherited the country’s most famous family estate and motor museum two years ago, he already felt right at home. Viv Micklefield meets the man destined to be the driving force behind Beaulieu’s future

Read more
Tue, 12:12

We never tire of admiring gorgeous photographs of Essex. Here’s our round-up of 11 of your best Instagram pics.

Read more
 
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter



Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Job search in your local area



Local Business Directory

Hertfordshire's trusted business finder

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search