Do You Care? Tell your GP
Do you provide unpaid support to a relative, partner or friend, who would not be able to manage without your help?
Please let your GP know, so that they can provide you with advice and support. They also provide a free Annual Health Check and a seasonal flu jab free of charge.
Our practice manager, Catherine Bourel, is a member of the local Peer Support Group to exchange good practice and solutions with other practice managers in the Watford area.
The surgery is currently looking for a patient who is a carer to join our Patient Group. Please click on the Patient Group link on the right hand-side of the page.
Being a carer can have a big impact on your life, but there is support available to help you.
You can also contact Carers in Hertfordshire for further information about the support available to you on tel: 01992 586 969; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or website: http://www.carersinherts.org.uk/ or
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Postal Address: Carers in Hertfordshire, The Red House, 110 Fore Street, Hertford SG14 1AX
Carers in Hertfordshire is the county's leading charity for unpaid carers. They are partly funded by Hertfordshire County Council and the NHS in Hertfordshire. They work in partnership with them and other local organisations to provide services to carers, ranging from giving information and advice, to helping you to make time for yourself and encouraging you to look after your own health and wellbeing.
They support carers of all ages and all their services are free. Many of their staff and trustees are carers themselves, so they understand the challenges you face and what support you might need.
Young carers are children or young people who care for a member of their family. The Young Carers Service works with those under 19 and their families, to help them assess the right support, at the time, to reduce the negative impact of caring on their lives.
They also support a Young Carers Council, giving young carers the chance to have their say on the things that matter most to them and offer some fun activities where young carers can meet other young carers.
All carers are entitled to a Carer's Assessment which is an opportunity to discuss how caring for someone affects your life and to work out how you can carry on doing the things that are important to you and your family. It is not assessment of your ability to care, but a way to find out what support you might need to help you balance your caring role with your own needs, responsibilities and commitments.
As a result, you will receive information and advice to help you in your caring role. You may get ongoing support to make caring easier, such as money to spend on having a break from your caring responsibilities.
If you person you care for lives in Hertfordshire, the Carer's Assessment will normally be carried out by Hertfordshire County Council. To ask for a Carer's Assessment call 0300 123 4042 or 0300 123 4043 if the carer is a child.
There is more information online and a form at www.hertsdirect.org or call Carers in Hertfordshire on 01992 586969.
All on board for the Carers' Passport!
Are you making the most of over 350+ discounts! across the county?
The Carers’ Passport Discount Card is a fantastic resource for carers as it provides valued financial support through the savings, services and business offers, that have been secured for you. It also helps carers feel recognized and valued, giving a real sense of identify with the photo identity card.
To date over 5,674 passports have been issued to carers right across the county! 42% which amounts to 2,384 carers are now accessing support or advice from Carers in Hertfordshire, for the first time.
There are currently more than 350 discounts/concessions available with the Carers’ Passport Service and companies signed up to support the passport include Boots, Paradise Wildlife Park, Virgin Experience, plus many local businesses. The deals are listed here in the Carers Passport Offers Booklet
Applying is really easy, just click here to fill in the online form and attach a headshot photograph. If you would prefer you can apply through the post and application forms are available in your local library. Alternatively, give Carers in Herts a call and they can post you one.
Help Carers in Hertfordshire raise FREE funds when you shop online!
Every time you shop, you'll raise a donation for Carers in Hertfordhire and it won't cost you a penny extra!
- Sign up to easyfundraising
Go to: www.easyfundraising.org.uk/carersinherts and follow the simple steps to sign up.
- Hit the shops
When you shop online, visit easyfundraising first, click through the retailer and shop as normal. Everything costs exactly the same.
- Earn donations
With every purchase you make you'll raise a donation from the retailer. Your donations are then transferred to Carers in Hertfordshire.