Carers UK have launched a new survey for unpaid carers to help them understand carers' experience of health services, support services and breaks during the COVID-19 pandemic. The more carers that complete the survey, the more information can be gathered so please complete the survey using the link below:
Carers in Hertfordshire is a local charity providing free help and support to any Carer living or working in the county.
Click here to download the Carers Handbook.
Click here for the Hertfordshire Care Services Directory 2021
Contact Carers in Hertfordshire
Carers in Hertfordshire exists to support people in their caring role. All their services are free. You can contact them via
Tel: 01992 58 69 69
Are you a carer?
You are a Carer if you provide help and support, unpaid, to a family member, friend or neighbour who would otherwise not be able to manage.
The person you care for may have a physical or learning disability, dementia, mental health problems, may misuse drugs or alcohol or may be ill or frail.
The person may live with you or elsewhere, may be an adult or a child but if they rely on you for support, then you are a carer.
Anyone can become a carer: Carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age.
Whatever your situation make sure your GP knows you are a carer, or ask to speak to your carer's champion at the surgery. Her name is Maureen Graham.
Supporting carers to look after their own physical and emotional wellbeing is very important to us.
We know that carers often neglect their own health and wellbeing in favour of the person they care for.
Caring can be stressful and physically demanding so it's vital that carers take time to look after themselves.
Caring with Confidence
Carers in Hertfordshire runs free Caring with Confidence training courses for carers, covering all aspects of caring, including dealing with stress and emotions, balancing caring with a life of your own and maximising your income whilst caring. There are special courses for those caring for people with dementia.
Not only are these courses practical and informative, they are a great place to meet others in the same situation as you and to share experiences.
Make a Difference
Caring takes its toll. Make a Difference is a Carers in Hertfordshire initiative to provide funded breaks for carers. grants are available for all sorts of things such as gym membership, massage, a weekend away or a new hobby - whatever will have the greatest benefits for your health.
As a Carer Make a Difference can give you a break and help you to stay well. Talk to your GP or Carers Champion about a referral or contact Carers in Hertfordshire for more information.
Young Carers are children and young people who care for a member of their family. That person may be ill, have a physical or learning disability, or a mental health, drug or alcohol problem.
Carers in Hertfordshire's Young Carers Service supports carers aged 8 - 18 and their families to make sure their caring responsibilities don't stop them from having the same opportunities, and social life, that other young people enjoy.
Support Groups/Learning and Leisure
Carers in Hertfordshire offer a range of free workshops and training related to caring, but also courses and learning events to help with your life outside caring through our Carers and Learning project. We can also help you access funded breaks. Carer Support Advisors are also available to help you find out about more specific services to support you in your caring role if you if you wish to get in touch.
Carers voice how important it is to have a life of their own as well as caring for someone.
It is often difficult to retain interests, friends and hobbies once you become a Carer and, as a result, carers' health can suffer. Carers In Hertfordshire services can offer you help to find time for yourself.
Having a Voice
Carers in Hertfordshire aims to provide carers with a platform to speak up and make their voices heard on an individual and collective basis and to use their experiences to help to improve the services that are available to them and to the people they care for. Coming together makes the voice of carers stronger and helps make real changes to services.