This additional support is just part of a wide range of HSF-funded projects and initiatives we’re delivering locally, to help people at this difficult time. These include:
- The Community Navigator out of hospital support scheme which offers two weeks of wrap around support for people without help to return home following a stay in hospital, providing food packs from Hertfordshire Independent Living Service and ensuring they return to a safe environment.
- Our Warm Spaces initiative, with over 100 community venues offering a warm welcome to Hertfordshire residents.
- Ongoing support for local community, charity and voluntary groups like Citizens Advice, where extra money has meant longer opening hours and additional staff to provide more advice and support.
We know the vital role carers play in Hertfordshire and the huge contribution they make to our communities. We also understand the additional financial pressures they are facing at the current time, which is why we have prioritised this scheme. Our commitment to ensuring that we are here for residents when they need us, alongside supporting those most in need is as strong as ever.
Tony Kingsbury, Cabinet Member for Adult Care, Health and Wellbeing
We are aware that many carers are finding times tough at the moment financially. Our 2022 Carers’ Survey revealed that 60% of carers said they were struggling with making ends meet or worried about their finances. We hope this financial boost for thousands of carers will go some way to making life a little better this winter, but remind all unpaid family and friend carers in Hertfordshire that we are here to support you. We are committed to ensuring anyone looking after a relative or someone close to them who needs help is identified, informed, supported and heard.
- Michèle Stokes, Chief Executive of Carers in Hertfordshire
The council has dedicated advice and support for those who need it. Get in touch with HertsHelp on 0300 123 4044 to find out what support is there for you. For more information, visit our cost of living page.