We are offering a formal Membership to encourage Carers (and other supporters) to:

  • take part in how Herefordshire Carers Support is run
  • bring diversity of opinion
  • raise our profile
  • give us a stronger voice in the local and national community
  • improve how we are democratically run.

Full details here.

There are three classes of membership:

All Carers in Herefordshire over the age of 16 can apply to become a Full Member of HCS and offers a way for you to become involved

If you are not a Carer but support the objects and activities of HCS, you can become an Associate Member.

If you are a group or organisation working with or for carers, you can become an Affiliated Member.

Click here to view our Articles of Association (our constitution)

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Feedback your experience of GP Services 


The public have told Healthwatch that one of the six topics they would like us to focus on this year is access to GP services. To make a difference they need your views.

Healthwatch will be visiting various community groups across the county until early October, asking for the public’s views on this important topic. If you would like Healthwatch to come to your community group to hear your views about GP services, please call Mary on 01432 277 044 or email

We are also running an online survey to gather views on GP access, Healthwatch urge people to take the survey, share it with their family, friends and community to spread the word. We can only make a difference with your voice!

Take the Survey here

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App to offer suicide prevention help and support


Exciting Announcement!  On Friday 8 September, Grassroots Suicide Prevention will be re-launching their suicide prevention App #StayAlive.

Stay Alive is the ideal tool to help people who are suffering with thoughts of suicide to be reminded of their own reasons for living and access support in times of crisis. It’s also a great resource for carers supporting people with thoughts of suicide.

We currently have 30,000 downloads and are looking to significantly add to this during World Suicide Prevention Day, on 10 September 2017. Your support could help save a life.

How? By downloading this free, award-winning app you will help highlight the importance of suicide prevention.

Download the Stay Alive App now, available free on the App Store or Google PlayA short video to introduce the app.

Take a minute, change a life.

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Does your GP know that you are a Carer?

Picture1It is important to register as a Carer with your GP Practice.  Ask for it to be recorded on your Medical Records and their Carers Register.

Even if you are at a different practice to the person you carer for – register at your surgery, this will make sure that your caring role and responsibilities are recognised and considered, maybe offering home visits where possible, more convenient appointment times etc.

GPs will automatically call all carers on their register for a free annual flu jab. 

award-ribbon-06You can now nominate your GP or the GP Practice online for this year’s GP and GP Practice Awards.

When family Carers are well supported by their GP and the staff at the Practice it makes a world of difference.

We want to continue to raise the profile of Carers in GP Practices and to remind them how key Carers are and that the support, or lack of, from GPs and GP Practices can have a massive impact on Carers’ lives.  We also want to celebrate some of the great things happening in our local GP Practices.
Please take a few minutes to complete 6 short questions to tell us how your GP and their Practice Team does/doesn’t offer you support as a Carer.

Nominations close Friday 27 October 2017. Results will be announced at Carers Rights Day and our AGM on Friday 24 November 2017.

The Best and Worst GPs in Herefordshire as voted by patients

A report published in the Hereford Times in July showed the results of a GP Patient Survey asking patients about a range of performance areas at their surgeries including waiting times, ease of making appointment, quality of GPs and nurses, opening times, and overall experience.

To see the report go to:

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Questions about Cancer

123Step on board with

Macmillan Cancer


No appointment necessary.

Go and talk to their friendly specialists.

Wednesday 30th August 2017, 10am to 4pm at Garrick Lane  (Outside My Coffee Corner), Hereford, HR4 9HR

Thursday 31st August 2017, 10am to 4pm at Labels Shopping, Ledbury Road, Ross-on-Wye HR9 7QQ

Friday 1st September 2017, 9am to 3pm at Morrisons, Barons Cross Road, Leominster HR6 8RH

Or you can pick up some of our free leaflets, phone their free support line on 0808 808 00 00 or visit

Organised in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, registered charity in England and Wales (261017), Scotland (SC039907) and the Isle of Man (604). Also operating in Northern Ireland

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Carers Strategy approved by Cabinet

As reported in the Hereford Times today (27/07/2017)  Herefordshire Council’s cabinet has approved the latest Carers Strategy which aims to identify Carers and provide clear ways to help and support them.

You can find the article here:

The full range of associated documents can be found on the Council’s website, but we’ve put links to the various papers below for convenience.


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Please help Young Carer Charlotte raise £100

18057810_1868654496707097_4218766125512164748_n“At home I help my Mum and at the weekend I help my Nan and Grandad”

“At my Mum’s I go to town with her to do the shopping because she gets panicked and stops breathing. I help cook, I clean and I hoover. At my Nan and Granddad’s I wash up, sort out the laundry, wash my Granddad’s feet, go shopping on my own and polish stuff”

Charlotte is a Young Carer, providing practical help and emotional support for various family members with illnesses and disabilities. As well as caring for Mother, Nan and Grandad, another close family member has recently been diagnosed with a serious illness so Charlotte spends all her spare time helping out.

This kind, thoughtful and beautiful young girl has decided even with her caring role and the challenges she is facing she’s not doing enough for others.  She has been growing her hair to donate to the Little Princess Trust.

Please donate what you can to support Charlotte and the great cause of the Little Princess Trust.

Today Charlotte braved the chop and had all of her golden locks cut off for the Little Princess Trust.  She is close to her £100 target but not quite there.  There is still time to donate online.

Huge thanks to Opal of LV Hair, Bridge Street, Hereford for doing the honours.









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Contact the Elderly tea party group for isolated older guests in Ledbury

Contact the Elderly Tea PartiesContact the Elderly is a charity dedicated to running tea party groups are for isolated older guests aged 75 and over, who live alone (including in sheltered accommodation).

Guests are collected by the same volunteer driver each month and taken to Sunday afternoon tea in a volunteer host’s home. The group of guests and drivers are the same each month, which means that over time some lovely friendships develop, and new support networks are formed.

The service is completely free, groups are overseen by a volunteer coordinator, and all drivers are DBS and reference checked, as well as being briefed on Contact the Elderly’s health and safety and safeguarding procedures.

The groups can accommodate 6-8 older guests, but if there are more referrals then Contact the Elderly are always looking to set up extra groups.

If you know of anyone who would benefit please do get in touch.  You can refer people online with their permission, or print out invites here. More information about the groups here.

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parent carer logo_smallIf your child has additional needs, please talk to your Health Visitor, School Nurse, GP or Paediatrician and ask for an assessment as they approach three years of age. Your child may be prescribed free nappies or pull ups from 3 years.

Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are continuing to review the services offered to children in Herefordshire. If you have any experiences to share, ideas of how a service may help your child or situation, please get in touch.

The children in Herefordshire will have better health social and educational outcomes if the toileting needs are met appropriately. Families will be under less stress.  Please ask for assessments and expect a service. This service has been reduced or not available for nine years.

If your child currently receives products you can contact School Nurse Manager, Sara Powell.

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Petition for free/concessionary travel for carers

Amanda Macdonald has created a petition on campaigning for free/concessionary travel for carers.

The proposal is that the government take the initiative to offer free/concessionary transport for carers to allow them to better care. This could be possible either through adapting the the concession and companion card which currently allows the carer to travel with the cared for but not seperately which in most cases is needed or through some form of  add on to carers allowance for those in receipt of it though preferably carers wouldn’t need to be in receipt of carers allowance as not every carer who could benefit from this travel are.

Amanda Macdonald’s petition has currently reached over 1800 signatures and is being backed by my local council’s petition board (Renfrewshire Council), in lobbying the Scottish Government to provide free/concessionary transport for unpaid carers.

Some other supporters of the petition include; Cosla, The coalition of carers, Carers UK, Enable Scotland and many MSP’s.

Click to view the petition

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