VOLUNTEERS WEEK SPECIAL: SUE GUILFORD, CARERS IN HERTS
June 6th, 2017
Sue volunteers at the Carers in Herts office on reception every Tuesday and Wednesday morning 9 until 1. As well as answering the telephone for over 50 people on the switchboard and emailing messages onto other staff and volunteers; Sue will spend any spare time opening and distributing the post or stuffing hundreds of envelopes.
In addition, she fundraises for Carers in Herts around the County by helping at events including town fetes, quiz nights, music sessions and fun runs.
Sue also helps with meeting and greeting at “Have a voice” forums for carers of people who have dementia, mental health issues or are affected by drug and alcohol dependency. Some of the events Sue helps with are to provide support for Parent Carers. Sue has supported carer development and learning events where carers can have a break and learn new skills such as painting or mindfulness.
Sue lives in the district of East Herts though thinks nothing of going over to the other side of County to help carers. She also gives up most weekends so she can help identify people who are carers. This is not easy as most people think of themselves as Mum, Husband, Partner, Friend, Neighbour first and it can take some persuasion to help them to see that they are a carer and have their own needs that should be met in order to carry on caring. Sue has learnt through being so involved in a range of activities with us to identify ways in which to help carers see that they need support.
At Carers in Hertfordshire we have opened over 10 hubs in the last three years. Hubs are a place where our carers can go for support in the community. The hubs meet once a month and are run by volunteers. My nominee Sue will be heading our newest and 11th hub in Ware which we have just had the launch of on the 27th of April.
This hub will be in the community of Ware for years to come, and will provide great emotional and practical support to all carers.
If you are interested in volunteering for Carers in Herts visit their website: http://www.carersinherts.org.uk or email: firstname.lastname@example.org