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Support for Carers in Hertfordshire

Support for Carers in Hertfordshire


Do you give unpaid care to a family member or friend with a disability, addiction, frailty or long-term mental or physical illness? If so, then you are a carer.


At the last count there were more than 108,000 registered unpaid carers in Hertfordshire. But many more people are out there looking after family members, friends and neighbours who may not know about the support available. Unpaid carers face many challenges, often juggling complex home situations and work or study.  


Hertfordshire County Council is committed to supporting carers, recognising the vital role they play in supporting so many people across the county. This year it is spending more than £2.3million commissioning services to make sure that carers have access to the support they need in their local community. These services are being delivered by local charities, such as Carers in Hertfordshire, Age UK, Turning Point and Crossroads Care. This support has been increased through the council’s Covid Recovery Strategy.


The council also runs a huge range of day services and clubs which are also a source of respite and support.


If you are an unpaid carer and would like to access help, support or advice, visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/carers

Free Safe and Well Visit

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service along with Hertfordshire County Council is working towards ensuring that every home in the county has working smoke detectors that are correctly situated. Anyone who feels that they would benefit from this service should phone Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue's Public Enquiry Line to arrange a visit -

0300 1234 046. If required, they will fit smoke detectors free of charge. These sealed detectors have a sealed battery with a ten year life. For full details see the letter in the PDF, Safe and Well Visit, the poster and the application form.  



We all need a little support from time to time.


The Hertfordshire County Council’s cost of living resource page offers advice and practical help to manage finances and make savings while also helping the environment.


If you are struggling, please get in touch with HertsHelp - trained friendly advisors are on hand to offer confidential assistance and can put you in touch with helpful services and support locally - call 0300 123 4044, email info@hertshelp.net or visit www.hertshelp.net


Not everyone is online, if you have older family and friends who you think could benefit from some advice and support around paying the bills right now, please talk to them or encourage them to contact @HertsHelp on 0300 123 4044. For more information, visit: hertfordshire.gov.uk/costofliving

Hertfordshire Strategic Migration Steering Group

Update from Hertfordshire’s Strategic Migration Steering Group (SMSG) which includes headlines on the following topics:


  • Ukraine Arrival Schemes

  • Asylum Seeker Hotels

  • Afghan Bridging Hotels

It’s Never Too Late to be Active

It’s Never Too Late to be Active is a 12-week campaign launched by Hertfordshire County Council, designed to encourage those over 55 to get more active. The campaign website is available at: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/nevertoolate . Those without internet access can call the dedicated helpline 01992 555627 or drop-in to their local library. For an update and further information see the Never too Late Page

Health and Wellbeing News from Welwyn Hatfield

Healthy Hub Pop Up Clinic

Drop into March’s Healthy Hub Pop-up Clinic at Hatfield and WGC library and Hatfield Foodbank and meet staff from Carers in Herts, Mind in Mid Herts, PSH WelHat and NHS Health Checks. We will all be there to offer help and support and sign you up to free health and wellbeing services. To find out more, visit the Healthy Hub Pop-up Clinic page; Welwyn Hatfield Healthy Hub Pop Up Clinic's - Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council - Working better, together (welhat.gov.uk) Looking forward to meeting you on the day.Welcome to the March edition of the Welwyn Hatfield Healthy Hub Bulletin. Monthly Healthy Hub Bulletin Issue N031 March 2022 - Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council - Working better, together (welhat.gov.uk) This month we are featuring No Smoking Day 9th of March and Eating Disorder Week 28th February to 6th March.

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We CAN is a cancer exercise rehabilitation programme for people affected by cancer living in Hertfordshire. It is a newly established project which aims to engage people living with and beyond cancer. It is a 12-week bespoke group exercise programme designed to help you overcome the side effects of cancer treatment. The sessions also aim to create friendship groups, so participants find it easier to continue their journey beyond the three months. Discounted club membership will be offered to participants who complete the 12-week course.

The programme is delivered by a qualified Level 4 Cancer Exercise Rehabilitation Specialist. If you wish to talk to them before joining the please call us on 07902 133707.

Places are available on the Hatfield programme.  Contact 

Alicja Polak, Project Officer - Health 

Herts Sports Partnership

 Hertfordshire Sports Village, University of Hertfordshire, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield AL10 9EU

Tel: 01707 285880  |  Email: a.polak@herts.ac.uk 

Is there a shortage of baby & toddler groups near to where you live?

We can help you to get set up! Do you know a local venue that would welcome a baby & toddler group within your community? The Family Centre Service are looking to work in partnership with groups and individuals to help them to set up their own baby & toddler groups. We can also offer support to re-establish existing groups following the impact of Covid-19.

Funding is available from Hertfordshire County Council to help get groups up and running.

To find out more, or to express an interest, email community.fcs@oneymca.org or call 0300 123 7572.

Walking in Hertfordshire 

Hertfordshire Health Walks 

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