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Age UK Dacorum offers support to people living in the Borough who give unpaid care to a relative, neighbour or friend, where one of them is over 50.

Carers' Week 2022

To celebrate this year’s Carers’ Week the Hemel Hempstead Carers Friendship Support Group went out for lunch.

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Terry suffers with dementia, his wife Janice cares for him, he told Age UK Dacorum the following:

“I don’t suffer with it, my wife does.  Dementia’s not something you can see.  You can’t see dementia. It’s not like having the flu, you can see someone’s ill with the flu”. 

If you care for a loved one like Janice our Carers' Support Service is here to help.

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What is our Carers' Support Service? 

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If you spend time caring for someone and feel tired, worried, alone or frustrated and in need of some friendly, non-judgemental, practical and emotional support then Age UK Dacorum is here to help.

Our aim is to help you take control of your life and your situation so you can make decisions that are right for you. We don’t make judgements, we don’t make decisions on your behalf, we are simply here to help, if and when you need us.
 

What we can do ?

• Provide accurate information and guidance on a range of issues from sitting services and respite care to Adult Care Service assessments for you and the person you care for.
• Help you to secure your financial entitlements.
• Inform you about the services available to help carers and how to access them.
• Provide information about leisure and social activities.
• Provide regular emotional support phone calls.

We offer help over the phone or one of us can come and see you at home, or meet you elsewhere – it’s up to you. Our service is free and confidential.

 

Carer's Groups

Hemel Hempstead Carers’ Group - Leys Road, Bennetts End (RE-OPENING) 

The HH carers' group is pleased to be re-opening, it will be running every 3rd Thursday of the month at a new venue from 15th September. 

Bennetts End Community Lounge, Leys Rd, Hemel Hempstead HP3 9LZ 

Group meetings are from 1.30pm to 3pm.

Tring and Berkhamsted Friendship Group - Pond Close (CURRENTLY NOT RUNNING)

First Thursday of the month, 10am – 12 noon  

To find out more about Carers support in and around Tring and  Berkhamsted, and Hemel Hempstead please contact us on 01442 259049.  

 

Carers' Support Groups (Pre-Covid-19)

Regular meetings took place in Hemel Hempstead and Tring.  Meetings were varied with activities such as gentle chair-based exercise, speakers on a wide range of issues and occasional local outings.

Carers' Support Actvities

All face to face activities follow the latest Covid-19 Government and local Government guidance.

Friendship Support Group, Warners End, Hemel Hempstead

Varney Road Supported Housing Scheme – Communal Lounge, Off Great Sturgess Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP1

1:30pm- 3pm

The Group is open to anyone who has been or is a Carer for a family member, friend or neighbour.

If you would like to make friends, please come along to our friendship group and enjoy coffee and a chat. The group is open to anyone who would like to attend. Due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic we require all attendees to sign-up initially and adhere to all the latest Government, the groups and venue guidance on Covid-19. If you would like to attend or want to know more about this Group please contact Rachel on 01442 259049.

 

 

Carers and Friends Walks

Gentle walks in around Hemel Hempstead.

Subject to weather conditions.

To find out more call 01442 259049 or email carers@ageukdacorum.org.uk.

 

Online Group – (via Zoom)

We are continuing to run an online ‘keep in touch’ group for anyone finding it harder to access face to face activities.If you are interested and able to join our online group, you would be more than welcome.  The group is light-hearted with enjoyable chats and varied activities.

The groups runs 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 10.30am for around an hour.

If you would like to join or find out more, please contact Rachel on 01442 259049 or  by email: carers@ageukdacorum.org.uk  

 

Leaflets

  • Advice for carers

    Caring for a friend or relative can be hugely rewarding, but it can also be challenging. So it’s good to know what support is available for you
    and the person you look after.

  • More money in your pocket

    Every year, up to £3.5 billion of state benefits goes unclaimed by older people in the UK. Some are put off by the claims process, others simply don’t know that they qualify for extra support.

  • Carers Allowance

    The word ‘carer’ means different things todifferent people. You may not think of yourself as one, but if you look after a partner, relative or friend who would find it difficult to manage without your support, then you are a carer. The person you care for may have physical or mental health needs, or a disability.

  • Caring for someone with dementia

    Everyone’s experience of dementia is different. But being prepared can help you and the person you care for, now and in the future. In this guide, you’ll find information on what to expect, practical things you can do, strategies that could help you cope, and where to turn for support.