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As a carer, it can be hard to keep up-to-date with what is going on.

Here you can find newly released national information and up-to-date information about local organisations.

As a carer, it can be hard to keep up-to-date with what is going on.

Here you can find newly released national information and up-to-date information about local organisations.

Carer Specific Information

Guidance for young carers and young adult carers. Visit website. Easy read version available. NEW 13/7

Open University Scholarships for unpaid carers - open till 31 July. To read more. 9/4

Supporting Carers Health & Wellbeing in the workplace – Carers UK. To read report.  18/5

Providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults - gov.uk. Visit website. 18/5

Caring behind closed doors report by Carers UK. To read.  27/4

New guidance for unpaid carers by gov.uk. To read more. 9/4

Coronavirus Updates for Parent Carers. Visit website. 9/4

Carers Allowance break relaxed by Carers UK. Visit website. 9/4

Have your Say - Surveys - Updated 14/7

There are a number of surveys both locally and nationally which allows you to have your say in social and health care services.  It is important for carers to make sure that their voice is heard.  Further information found here 

Bedfordshire ELFT Services call for feedback from carers and service users. Visit website. 6/4

Central Bedfordshire Healthwatch - Feedback wanted. Visit website. 17/4

National Campaigns

Because We All Care - CQC. Visit website. NEW 14/7

Local Support Organisations: Update 14/7

Bedfordshire

Local Support Organisations Updates. Visit website

Local Health Services Updates. Visit website. Updated 29/6

Summer Reading Challenge - Bedfordshire Libraries – Silly Squad. Visit website. NEW 13/7
Active in Bedfordshire. Read pdfNEW 13/7

Millbrook Health recall of equipment. Read document. 18/5
Dealing with Domestic Abuse – Bedfordshire Police. Visit website. 18/5
Audio Books from BorrowBox by Bedfordshire Libraries. Visit website 18/5
Gentle exercise suitable for older adults. To read. 18/5
Alzheimer’s Society Singing for the Brain on Facebook Starts Thursday 30 April. For further details.  27/4

Bedford

Interim findings in Bedford Borough Covid 19 Deep Dive. To readNEW 13/7
Sports Updates. Visit websiteNEW 13/7
Healthwatch – Annual Report. Read pdfNEW 13/7

Active Minds Scheme – free craft kits, games, jigsaws and books available. To read. 18/5
Bedford Borough – SEND Matters – new newsletter for Parent Carers. To read 18/5

Central Bedfordshire

SEND News Bulletin. To read. NEW 13/7
Central Bedfordshire Healthwatch Annual Report. Visit websiteNEW 13/7

Central Bedfordshire Council - Temporary changes to SEND legislation and regulations (children). Read pdf. 29/6


Local Courses Online: updated 29/6

Disabililty Resource Centre - Wellbeing Courses - Visit website - 29/6

NOAH Academy courses. To read. 29/6

Recovery College - Running workshops online. For details follow on Facebook and Twitter

Latest Coronavirus Updates: Updated 27/7

Face Coverings - everything you need to know. To read. NEW 27/7

What support you can get if affected by coronavirus – gov.uk. Visit website. 14/7

BSL Videos on coronavirus and benefit changes. These include new content for Universal Credit and Statutory Sick Pay. You can view these videos on the DWP YouTube Sign channel. Visit website.  14/7

Guidance for young carers and young adult carers. Visit website. Easy read version available. 14/7

Staying safe outside your home – gov.uk. Visit website. 29/6

Local bus company - Stagecoach information. Visit website. 29/6

Support Bubbles – Meeting people from outside your household. Visit website. 29/6

What to do when someone dies during the COVID-19 pandemic in various languages. Visit website. 29/6

Coping with Coronavirus – Beyond Words. Visit website. 29/6

Unpaid Carers can request a coronavirus test. Visit website. 18/5

To check your symptoms. Visit website. 18/5

To request a coronavirus test. Visit website. 18/5

Latest Lockdown changes – gov.uk. To read. 18/5

Easy Read: New rules for lockdownVisit website. 18/5

Easy Read: Looking after your feelings and your body – Public Health England. Visit website. 18/5

4 ways to spot a coronavirus financial scam and to protect people affected by dementia. Visit website. 18/5

Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection by gov.uk. Visit website. 17/4

Coronavirus Information Book for Children by Gruffalo illustrator, Axel Scheffler. Visit website. 17/4

Coronavirus resources for Parent Carers by Central Bedfordshire Council. Pdf document. 17/4

COVID-19: cleaning in non-healthcare settings. Visit website.  17/4

Help the NHS track coronavirus symptoms. Visit website. 9/4

Data charges removed from NHS websites You are now able to access NHS websites - nhs.uk and 111.nhs.uk for free. It will not use your data allowance or mobile credit. To read more. 9/4

Looking after your wellbeing during the coronavirus. Visit website. 9/4

Receiving official Coronavirus information through Whatsapp by gov.uk. To read more.7/4

Financial, Employment and Education - updated 2/7

The Bedfordshire Employment and Skills Adult Learning Service update 2/7

Information about coronavirus and claiming benefits. Visit website 29/6

Coronavirus & Direct Payment GuidelinesTo read more.  30/4

Employment & Caring updated. Visit website. 30/4

New webpage added - Finances and Coronavirus Updates. Visit website. 13/4

Open University Scholarships for unpaid carers. To read more. 9/4

Learning from living, a free e-learning resource by Carers UK.. View Twitter. Visit website. 9/4

Mental Health/Illness Resources - Updated 2/7

NHS 111 mental health support for all ages. View jpg. 2/7

Mental Health NHS Services - Bedford Borough 2/7
Mental Health NHS Service - Central Bedfordshire 2/7

ELFT Telephone Befriending Service for service users now available. To read more.  27/4

Mental Illness
Hearing Voices Network - suitable for anyone experiencing moderate to severe mental illness. Visit website. 17/4
Self-Help leaflets for Mental Health issues. Visit website. 17/4

For children & young people
CAMHS website for young people and their carers to help during the coronavirus lockdown. Visit website. 17/4
Think Ninja – mental health app for children – coronavirus information is included. To read more. 17/4

New Information

Online gaming: safety at home for children. To readNEW 14/7

Dementia Radio Station - visit website. 2/7 

Direct Payments and employing PAs by DRC. Visit website. 18/5

Need someone to check on family or friend in another area, you can contact Your Neighbour.org. This is a church network that can see who is available to help in that area and will arrange a visit if possible. 30/4

Seek medical help if needed. To read more. 30/4

Stay in Work out video to encourage you to keep fit during this time.  To watch. 30/4

Health at Home by NHS. Visit website. 17/4

BSL interpreters available for free. To read more. Visit website. 17/4

Using Social Media

Your Wellbeing and Technology. Visit website. 9/4

Best video conferencing apps and software for accessibility by Scope. To read more.

How to use Zoom – Easy Read. Pdf document.

Keeping in touch using a video callTo read more.

Online Safety for Children. To read more. 17/4

The Learn My Way website covers topics that will help improve your internet skills. You can learn how to use the internet and send emails, how to socialise using social media, make video calls and online shopping. It also covers how to access Universal Credit online. There are many more topics. Visit website.

The Open University offers several courses for free: Web GuideVisit websiteDigital Literacy - succeeding in a digital worldVisit websiteUsing the internet safelyVisit website.

Adapting your Computer. If you need to adapt your computer because you have an issue with vision, hearing, motor skills and memory, My Computer My Way can help. Visit website.

Data charges removed from NHS websites You are now able to access NHS websites nhs.uk and 111.nhs.uk for free. It will not use your data allowance or mobile credit. To read more 7/4

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