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Your health and wellbeing often come second, but it is important that carers take time to look after themselves


Often we find it difficult to talk to those closest to us, feeling we have nowhere to turn, we can end up hiding feelings deep inside causing us distress and pain. Counselling can help us to overcome these emotional difficulties.
Counselling offers you an opportunity to make changes and to find your own unique way of achieving a more complete satisfying life. This can enable you to live your life in a more positive, constructive way.
Our therapists are fully qualified or BCAP student members in the final two years of their diploma. They are skilled sensitive listeners. They will help you to make sense of what is happening, explore how you would like things to be and how to make your situation manageable.

We offer short term counselling for carers aged 18 or over. We ask for a £15 fee per hour long session towards the cost of the service. You can apply for an NHS Carers Grant towards your course of counselling, if you are eligible. Talk to your support worker about being referred for counselling if you feel it is something that would help you.

Relaxation Therapies

Relaxation is an important key to health and wellbeing. Relaxation Therapy aims to decrease the effects of stress on the body and mind. Stress is known to contribute to the development of many health problems. As we relax, our body has an opportunity to unwind and heal itself. It reduces symptoms of stress and makes you feel more able to cope with your caring role.

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Relaxation Therapy can help with:

  • Reduce anger and frustration
  • Reduce muscular tension
  • Help with symptoms of anxiety
  • Induce relaxation
  • Calm breathing rates
  • Help manage chronic pain
  • Aids restful sleep
  • Give you time away from your caring role

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Our relaxation therapists offer this service from our Bedford, Biggleswade and Leighton Buzzard offices by appointments during the day. A course of five 1 hour sessions costs £120 or £25 per session if booked individually. Our recommended way of accessing our relaxation surpport is through the NHS Carers Grants, for carers who are eligible. Contact your support worker for referrals to this service. Therapies are also available at some of our Carers Cafes - appointments preferable (call 0300 111 1919 to book). Occasionally sessions are available on the day, please ask on the door. 

Telephone Befriending

If you can't get out and about easily because of your caring role, it is easy to feel you are battling alone. Sharing can often provide some relief. You will be phoned on a regular basis by one of our volunteers for an informal chat to see how you are. They may be able to help with a problem or let you know of the best person here who could help you. Other times it is good just to chat.