Are You a Carer?
Mum? Dad? Daughter? Partner? Son?Grandfather? Sister? Grandmother? Brother? Neighbour?
Whatever you call yourself if you support someone who could not manage without you, you are a Carer?
The person you look after might have a physical or learning difficulty, be ill or frail, have mental health problems or misuse drugs and/or alcohol.
As a Practice we want to identify our patients who are Carers so that we can offer support and/or advice where we can. We recognise what a vital role Carers play within the Community and how extremely important it is that their health and well-being are being looked after as well as the person they care for.
We work closely with Carers in Hertfordshire who are a local charity providing free help and support to any Carer living or working in the county. With your permission we can put you in touch with Carers in Hertfordshire who can offer information, support and regular free newsletters for carers.
Please pick up a Carer's Welcome Pack from the waiting rooms at either Bedwell Medical Centre or Roebuck Surgery. These packs contain useful leaflets, forms and information. If you complete the 'Carers Identification Form' (contained within these packs or can be printed off from the link below) return to the surgery and we can then update your records to show you are a Carer and forward your information onto Carers in Herts, but ONLY if you consent for us to do so.
Carers Identification Form - click on link to access form Carers Form.docx
Young carers are young people, aged between 8-18, who help look after someone in their family and take on responsibilities normally handled by an adult.
We want to reach out and identify our Young Carers so we can offer support and advice to them and their families. By being a Young Carer we want to help ensure that it does not stop them from having the same opportunities and social life that other young people enjoy.
By completing a Carers Form we can pass your information over to Carers in Hertfordshire’s Young Carers Service, if consented, who then provide support for all Carers aged 8-18 and their families.
Useful Links and Information
Carers in Hertfordshire:-
Carewaves is a newsletter produced by Carers in Herts for Family Carers and Caring Friends - please click on the link below for the most recent edition:-
New Leaf Wellbeing College - FREE Courses in Stevenage
New Leaf Wellbeing College offers a range of free educational courses to help you take better control of your wellbeing, learn some practical skills and provides an opportunity for reflection.
For more information or to enrol:-
Carers in Hertfordshire Carer Hub Support Groups and
Peer Led Groups
Carers in Herts now have 13 hubs running in Berkhamsted, Bishop’s Stortford, Buntingford, Chorleywood, Hemel Hempstead, Hoddesdon, Potters Bar, Letchworth Garden City, St Albans, Stevenage, Ware, Watford and Welwyn Garden City.
The hubs are groups run by volunteers or carers for carers and focus on offering emotional and practical support. Most groups meet once a month and offer activities include a programme of speakers and time to talk. Carers can book 1:1 appointments with a Carers in Hertfordshire Carer Support Advisor at some meetings to plan their caring role.
In addition to the Carer Support Hub groups many areas will have Peer Led Carer Groups, for example there is a Carers' Camera Club, a Stitch and Knit group, plus support groups in areas such as Borehamwood and Bushey.
There are some evening groups - one in Hemel Hempstead that meets on the second Thursday of every other month at Greenhills Day Service, Tenzing Road, Hemel Hempstead, from 7pm - 8.30pm and another in Hatfield at the Tesco Extra (Community Room) on the second Wednesday of each month from 7.30pm - 9pm.
You can find out more about Hubs in the Carers in Herts new 2017 video 'An Introduction to Carer Support Hubs' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmsjNOw-ins There is also a video about the Stevenage Carers' Support group - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBD1Fd6Aq04, which they have been supporting for a number of years. This will give you an idea of what a Carer Support Group will look like.
For further information about the groups, venues, dates etc, please click on the link below:-
If you are interested in trying out any of the groups, please either email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01992 586969 and let them know which group you are interested in attending. Carers in Herts will then contact the carer contact for the group who will be able to confirm timings, dates and venues with you - as occasionally these may have to change.