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Carers Week 5-11 June 2023

Young carers' section on HCT website launched for Carers Week 5-11 June 2023

To mark Carers Week from 5-11 June 2023 at HCT we have launched a young carers' section on our website (https://www.hct.nhs.uk/carers) with support and information for children and young people caring for a loved one at home. Our School Nursing Service has worked with young carers across Hertfordshire including young carers from Hertswood Academy in Borehamwood, Sandringham School in St. Albans, and Haileybury Turnford school in Cheshunt to produce an animation, booklet and poster, supported by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).

What is it like to be a young carer?

This animation shares lived experiences from young carers in Hertfordshire on what it is really like to be a young carer.

Young carers have also helped to create a booklet to give other young carers support by signposting to services that can help and give some tips on how to speak up about being a young carer. Young carers often don't have the time to think about their own health when caring for someone else, so there is some health information and blank sections for young carers to keep their own notes.

Click here to download: My Young Carer Health Journal or please click here to view an accessible version of the document

Click here to download a poster and QR code to access resources: Health for Young Carers

Stevenage carers hub - Walk for Carers Week 2023

People are invited to join a walk for unpaid carers organised by Stevenage Carers Hub on Saturday 10 June from 11am starting at Costellos Café, Fairlands Valley Park,
Six Hills Way, Stevenage, SG2 0BL. The walk is fundraising for Carers in Hertfordshire, Carers UK & Crossroads Caring For Life, to help improve support for unpaid carers.

Contact Norman Phillips for more information on 07884 336 012 or email norman.phillips2511@gmail.com 

List of resources

Carers UK provides access to a wide range of resources for carers:

  • Digital resources
    Online resources to support carers with wellbeing and mental health, financial assistance and benefits, contingency plans, and technology like electronic doorknobs and panic buttons. 
  • Working and caring
    A list of resources to help carers juggling work with looking after someoneone which includes rights at work, including flexible working, taking time off and protection from discrimination, what to consider when thinking about leaving or returning to work, and how to boost your skills.
    Jointly App
  • Designed to make sharing care easier and more organised. Watch this video to find out about the Jointly App: https://jointlyapp.com/ 

Carers in Hertfordshire  also offer free advice, information, and support to unpaid carers – people looking after someone who is elderly, disabled, has a mental illness or misuses drugs or alcohol. They support carers of all ages, if they live, work or care in Hertfordshire.

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