Carers Week: Building Carer Friendly Communities

Carers Week 2017 is a national awareness week that celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by people who currently provide unpaid care for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend. Across Hertfordshire 109,000 people look after someone who cannot manage without help saving the local economy £2.1 billion per year.

Caring can be a rewarding experience but without the right support many carers find themselves facing financial hardship, ill-health, emotional stress, relationship breakdown and isolation.

Heléna Herklots CBE, on behalf of Carers Week, said:
“Carers Week is a fantastic way to celebrate the vital contribution carers make to our families, communities and wider society. We know that caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but without the right support at the right time, caring can also have a huge impact on a carer’s emotional and physical health, work and finances.
Carers have told us that it makes a huge difference to their lives when they are supported by their local services and communities; building Carer Friendly communities, whether that’s offering a flexible GP appointment, having flexible working policies or raising awareness in schools of caring, can make a positive difference.”

The Crossroads team will be holding and attending events throughout Carers Week. Anyone looking to find out about help available can drop in to see our team at the following public events:

Date Event Details
Saturday 10th Afternoon Tea at the Queens

(Advance booking required)

15.00 – 17.00 Methodist Church, Queens Road, Royston
Monday 12th Community support – Let’s get connected  10.00 – 14.00  OA Sport, Woollam Playing Fields, 160 Harpenden Road, St Albans AL3  6BB
Monday 12th Stevenage Carers Cafe – Cake & Music 10.00 – 12.00 React Centre, Roundmead, Poplars, Stevenage SG2 9PQ
Tuesday 13th Henny’s Day –Information & mini makeovers 10.00 – 16.00 Town Centre Stevenage (Outside Boots)

10am-1pm mini makeovers

Tuesday 13th Open House & Cake Sale 14.00 – 16.00 Crossroads Respite Centre, 1a Broad Oak Way, Stevenage SG2 8QL
Tuesday 13th Hoddesdon Carers Cafe 10.00 -12.00 Nonna’s Kitchen, Hoddesdon, EN11 8HF
Wednesday 14th Drop In Event 11.00 – 13.30 Town Hall Hitchin SG5 1JE
Wednesday 14th Tea in the Orchard 14.00 – 16.00 Growing People, Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, Hitchin Rd, SG6 3NA
Friday 16th Carers Week Event 10.00 – 16.00 Lister Hospital Stevenage
Saturday 17th Sherma’s Walk 4 Carers 11.00 – 16.30 Fairlands Valley Park, Six Hills Way Stevenage, SG2 0BL