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Time for coffee and a chat for our unpaid carers

11 Jun 24

This Carer’s Week, HPFT want to say a huge thank you to all those carers who support service users everyday. For those who use our services, their carers often play a key role in supporting them on their road to recovery.

Four people standing by a stall with bunting that says "Carers Week"

But many carers are unpaid and may not see themselves as carers – they are someone’s mum, dad, brother, wife or best friend. It is vital that we listen to them and hear their experiences to ensure that we can give them the support they need.

At our Carers Week coffee and cake drop in session we welcomed people from across the region. Carers were invited to share their experiences of being a carer to help improve HPFT’s services. It also provided an opportunity for them to meet other carers, colleagues from the mental health team and also to find out what support is available to them.

A cake with a map visual, with text saying "Carers' Week 2024" and "Putting carers on the map"A woman smiling, cutting a white cake

A celebratory cake was cut by Corrina Saville, Carers Involvement lead at HPFT.

Services available to support carers across Hertfordshire include:

  • Carers can have free carer’s assessments which focus on the needs of the carer and how these can be supported. www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/carers
  • A Carer’s In Case of Emergency plan can be set up for unexpected situations when a carers is unable to care. www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/carersincaseofemergency
  • HertsHelp is a key information point on community services, groups, charities and other help, contact on 0300 123 4044. www.hertshelp.net
  • Carers in Hertfordshire are part funded by Hertfordshire County Council and the Hertfordshire and West Essex NHS Integrated Care Board. They help carers with information, advice, support and carers groups, including support and groups for young carers. www.carersinherts.org.uk
  • Carers who feel that caring is affecting their health or safety can talk to Carers in Hertfordshire on 0300 123 4042 or talk to their GP.


During Carer’s Week (10-16 June), Carers in Herts are holding a mixture of online and face to face activities and information events to connect more carers to the support that is available. For more information visit: www.carersinherts.org.uk/resources/carers-week 

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