There are special courses for those caring for people with dementia. Make a Difference is a ‘Carers in Hertfordshire’ initiative to provide funded breaks for carers.
Grants are available for all sorts of things such as gym membership, massage, a weekend away or a new hobby – whatever will have the greatest benefits for your health.
Amidst the chat about whether it’s cold in here (it is), and how the team of six forgot to all wear matching colours and how some are wearing their ‘social work scarves’, a shift in tone happens and Marisa, the team manager, asks her consulting social worker, Siobhan, to run us through the background of D.
D is a five-month-old girl who has been on a child protection plan since before birth.
This helps as they know how you are feeling and what daily battles you go through as a family.
Space have seven support groups throughout Hertfordshire which meet up once a month in term time.
They may be your child, partner or parent, or a friend or neighbour, and they might live with you or live elsewhere.
Carers in Hertfordshire runs free Caring with Confidence training courses for carers, covering all aspects of caring, including dealing with stress and emotions, balancing caring with a life of your own and maximising your income whilst caring.
This is a great opportunity to meet up, make new friends, share information, stay up-to-date with new ways to help your child in a friendly setting. All volunteers have experience with special needs children.
At these groups there will be a speaker or coffee and chat sessions.
Space have regular professional speakers, workshops & seminars, social events plus a library of books to borrow and they arrange family days out.
1 ADD-vance is a registered charity set up in Hertfordshire in 1996 to support and empower adults, children and families with Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related conditions in Hertfordshire.
ADD-vance holds regular support group meetings in West and East Herts for parents and carers.