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Get involved on Carers Rights Day - “Caring for Your Future” Thursday 23 November

02 Nov 23

Carers Rights Day is a key opportunity for us all to recognise the tremendous contribution that carers make. A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, addiction, or who needs extra help as they grow older. Anyone can become a Carer - they come from all walks of life and cultures and can be any age.

Carers Rights Day empowers carers with information and support. It helps them to feel confident asking for what they need and challenge things when their rights are not being met, whether that be that in the workplace or education, in accessing health or social care, when interacting with other professionals or at home.

At HPFT, we understand the impact that caring responsibilities have on unpaid carers and that there is often a need to support and help people in their caring role, to improve their own health and wellbeing. We provide a wide range of information that gives essential information for carers about their role and how they can get the support they need. Visit the carers section of our website for more information.

Please find below details of events that we would like to invite you to be involved in as part of Carers Right's Day.

Wednesday 15 November
11am - 12pm
Louis -  Lived experience story

Please join us for a lived experience and Q&A session with Louis Sanford.  

Louis Sanford shares his experience of the world of work as a neurodiverse individual and parent carer of two neurodiverse children. Louis is currently a programme manager working across the NHS, Social Care, and voluntary sector improving services for people with Severe Mental Illness, Learning Disabilities and Autism; and provides insightful reflections and relatable anecdotes for some of the 32 jobs he has had up to the age of 25, what it means to himself learning to accept his neurodiversity today, and what it means for him as parent carer of two neurodiverse children.

There will be a talk and Q & A afterwards.

Join via MS Teams link on the day - Click here to join the meeting

''Managing someone else’s affairs? Carers, are you aware of legal frameworks?''

Q&A with HPFT's Mental Health Act Team.

If you are a carer or know someone who is and you would like to find out how to make it easier to make decision on behalf of the person you care for if they can’t do it for themselves, either now or in the future, then please join us on Thursday 23rd of November at 12pm-1.15pm for an informative session with Caroline Russel, MHA Operational Manager and Fiona O’Connor, MHA Quality Manager.

The webinar will provide information about lasting power of attorney (LPA), differences between various LPA’s, answer questions on how to make advanced decisions (AD), what to do when there is no LPA, and many more.

Microsoft Teams meeting

Join on your computer, mobile app or room device

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 337 075 891 582
Passcode: ZQEJkB

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Working with our partners

Together with our partners, we want to empower carers with information and support, so they can feel confident in asking for what they need and can challenge things when their rights are not being met. Here is some of the work that is currently underway and how you can get involved:

Carers Strategy for Hertfordshire 2022-25 

A new Carers Strategy for Hertfordshire has been published. This strategy aims to support carers’ wellbeing to help them to balance caring with their own needs.

For the first time a single Strategy for Adult Carers and Young Carers has been developed with carers. The Strategy reaffirms partnership working between carers, health and social care providers and other agencies. 

There are four objectives, based on carers’ own priorities, which are: Be informed; Life beyond caring; Maintaining health and wellbeing; and Receiving consistent, joined up services. You can view the Carers Strategy at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/carersstrategy

Carers in Herts

Join us at our Annual Event for Carers this Carers Rights Day!

  • Thursday 23rd November 2023, 10am - 3.30pm (Registration from 9.30am).

The Fielder Centre, Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield Avenue, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9TP.

    • Listen to inspirational stories from other carers
    • Meet the local organisations that may be able to support you
    • Get updates from health and social care services in Hertfordshire
    • Enjoy a selection of our workshops on the day

Follow the link to book Annual Event For Carers 2023 - Carers In Herts


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