Carers in Hertfordshire is a countywide charity that provides free advice, information and support to unpaid carers - people looking after someone who is elderly, disabled, has a physical or mental illness or who misuses drugs or alcohol.
The charity ensures carers are recognised and valued, supported and that they have the opportunity to have a collective voice on issues that affect them and the people they care for.
In May 2017, CNHC received a request to invite Hertfordshire-based CNHC registrants to participate in the charity’s Carers’ Passport Discount Card Service. This involves local businesses offering their services at a discount to carers who hold the Carers’ Passport.
CNHC worked in partnership with Carers in Hertfordshire to raise awareness about the service to our Hertfordshire-based registrants and the results have been very positive with practitioners signing up to support the Carers’ Passport.
Karen Denny, the charity’s Carers’ Passport Project Officer, said: “We introduced the Carers’ Passport in May 2013 and know that carers have found the savings offered beneficial. Just as important is the inclusion of our contact details on the card, so carers know where to turn to if they need help. We’re delighted that many CNHC registrants have joined the service as it shows they recognise the valuable contribution carers make to society and the people they support. We are grateful for CNHC’s invaluable work with us in order to make this possible.”
Below, a number of Hertfordshire-based registrants share what inspired them to take part.
Brian Isbell is CNHC registered for naturopathy, craniosacral therapy and healing. He contacted the charity after receiving our email and speaks here about what it means to him to be involved: “Carers are such a vital part of the UK health system, yet they have received insufficient support themselves in the past. The Carers in Hertfordshire Passport Service enables me to make a contribution to this valuable healthcare provision. By offering treatments at concessionary rates plus workshops in health and wellbeing, I am able to make my own contribution to the health, wellbeing and resilience of carers, who in turn will be more empowered in their caring roles.”
Sanpreet Jaspal is registered with CNHC for aromatherapy, massage therapy and reflexology. Here’s why she got involved: “In my practice I have treated many patients who are carers as well as lending a hand in caring for loved ones. So I understand the financial, emotional and physical challenges being a carer brings. This is why I choose to work with the Carers Passport Service. We need to get the word out about this fantastic service.”
Nina Johnson-Campbell is a CNHC registered hypnotherapist who has also signed up to the service. Nina cared for her parents in the past so understands the stress that can be involved. She commented: “Unpaid carers really are some of the unsung heroes in our society and schemes like this help to show how much they are appreciated and valued.
The discounts are a practical way of demonstrating this and I’m glad to add a little part to that. Learning practical skills to aid relaxation and stress reduction is something that I think a lot of carers and their loved ones could benefit from and I hope that the discounted rate will help.”
Mariella Stewart is also CNHC registered for hypnotherapy: “The reason I went ahead and offered a discount is because I recognise the important work that carers do 24/7, day after day. A carer’s mental health is very important as they need to carry out their vital tasks in a positive way. Learning the art of deep relaxation via hypnotherapy is a wonderful skill enabling carers to stay calm, positive and more in control of their emotions."
CNHC registered nutritional therapist Judith Watson had been invited to provide a talk for Carers in Hertfordshire earlier in 2017. So when the invitation to be part of the Carers Passport Service came through, Judith decided to take part: “Carers spend so much time looking after other people under stressful conditions so I felt it was important that they have a chance to talk to someone on a one to one basis about their nutritional needs and supplements if required. This can help them feel more empowered about what they can do nutritionally to stay healthy emotionally and physically."
Sallie Mitchell Floyed is a CNHC registered hypnotherapist who says: “I wanted to get involved as I feel strongly about the service that Carers in Hertfordshire provide. I believe that carers’ needs are important and that they deserve a break and recognition. By offering a discount for my services I hope to help carers more easily achieve happiness and personal growth."
If you are based in Hertfordshire and would like to get involved with the Carers’ Passport or support Carers in Hertfordshire in any way, or if you are a carer seeking advice or help please contact the charity on 01992 58 69 69 or visit www.carersinherts.org.uk