Carer support groups in Hertfordshire are able to offer essential advice, help and training for people looking after their elderly relatives. Their support can enable you to provide the best possible care, whilst ensuring that you look after yourself. You can read more about this in Age Space’s guide to the importance of Care for the Carer.
There are a number of organisations in Hertfordshire, such as the excellent Carers in Hertfordshire, that offer dedicated support to carers in order to ensure they receive all the emotional and practical support that they need. There is also support to carers available from Hertfordshire County Council, which you can get access to by explaining your circumstances in a Carer’s Assessment. Hertfordshire’s carer support organisations can provide assistance in organising local respite care.
How to Get a Carer's Assessment in Hertfordshire
A Carers’ Assessment is an opportunity to discuss with Hertfordshire County Council about how being a carer impacts on your life and what support would be beneficial. This can include required breaks from caring, access to local services, support with technology and contingency plans. You can have a Carers’ Assessment on your own or alongside the person you care for, if this will help you to explain your circumstances.
If the council decide that you are eligible for support, they will contact you about their plan and how it will be financed.
You can apply for a Carer’s Assessment from the Hertfordshire County Council website, or call their Adult Social Services team on 0300 123 4042.
Find Carer Support Groups in Hertfordshire
However much help your friends and family are able to offer you in your caring role, it is good to know that there are other places you can turn. The organisations listed below all provide dedicated support for carers in Hertfordshire, including with respite and social support.
Carers in Hertfordshire
Carers in Hertfordshire is an organisation that provides advice, information and support to unpaid carers in Hertfordshire, including the large number of people looking after an elderly person. They host a variety of events for carers, can provide assistance in arranging respite care, run workshops and training to help carers to develop their skills, and much more.
Carers in Hertfordshire also run 16 Carer Support Hubs: these are one-stop shops for carers to receive advice, be signposted to local resources and benefit from getting to know the community of carers in their local area. The hubs are run by volunteers or carers and each has a group that tends to meet monthly. There is also the option for carers to book one-on-one appointments with a Carers in Hertfordshire Carer Support Advisor. You can find your nearest support hub from the Carers in Hertfordshire website.
Another scheme run by Carers in Herts is the Carers’ Passport. This ‘passport’ provides discounts for registered carers on all manner of products and services throughout Hertfordshire. You can get in touch with Carers in Hertfordshire to request one of their Carers’ Passport booklets and you can view the full range of over 400 organisations offering discounts in Hertfordshire here.
Crossroads Hertfordshire provide support to carers throughout Hertfordshire, including with respite, homecare and training. They also have carers’ social groups and can signpost information about Hertfordshire services and activities for carers.
Hertfordshire Mind Network
The Hertfordshire Mind Network provide support to local carers of people with mental health issues. Being a carer of somebody who struggles with their mental health can pose unique difficulties as a carer, but Hertfordshire Mind Network understands this and can provide you with specialist support in your caring role. If you are looking for support or advice about your situation, then you can contact their Carers Coordinator on 02037 273600 or email [email protected].
The Hertfordshire Minds Network also run support groups for carers, both online and offline.
Age UK Dacorum
Age UK Dacorum have a Carers Support service for people living in the borough of Dacorum that act as a carer to somebody aged over 50. They can provide advice, information and guidance on all aspects of your role as a carer, including with financial entitlements, respite services and organising a Care Needs Assessment for you or the person you care for. They can also offer emotional support phone calls when required.
Below, you can find details of their carer support group meetings, which take place in Hemel Hempstead and include a range of activities, including gentle exercises and talks. For more information on any of these groups you can visit the Age UK website or get in touch with them using the details provided.
Hemel Hempstead Carers' Group
- When? Third Thursday of the month, 1.30pm – 3.00pm
- Where? Bennetts End Community Lounge, Leys Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9LZ
Friendship Support Group, Hemel Hempstead
- When? Fourth Thursday of the month, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
- Where? The Community Lounge, Varney Road Sheltered Housing Scheme (off Great Sturgess Road), Warners End, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 2LQ