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  • NHS Complaints Advocacy – pdf copy
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy Services – pdf copy
  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy – pdf copy
  • Community Advocacy Service – pdf copy
  • Supporting your relative/friend in a care home in Bedfordshire & Luton – pdf copy
  • Advocacy under the Care Act in Bedfordshire – pdf copy

Being Heard: A self-advocacy guide for carers – Carers UK  –

Befriending Services

Age UK Bedfordshire – Telephone Friendship

Telephone Link Carers – St Andrew’s Church, Bedford – will anyone who is lonely, housebound and would love a regular telephone call  – pdf copy

The Silver Line


Carers Allowance– Carers UK  –

Age UK Bedfordshire – provides advice help filling out forms

Citizens Advice – provides advice and help filling out forms – see Advice Services

The Disability Resource Centre

MacMillan Welfare Rights Service – Bedfordshire -


Bereavement Support – Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire. Visit website.

Bereavement: A Self Help Guide - NHS Bedfordshire – 

Cruse Bedfordshire – provides free bereavement support

Bedford Borough Council – Bereavement Services

Central Bedfordshire Council – Bereavement Support

Through suicide

Bedfordshire Suicide Bereavement Service – CHUMS - 

After a Suicide – BCCG -

Carer Specific Support

Local Groups

Autism Bedfordshire

The Avenue, Biggleswade – support groups for parents of a child with autism

Bosom Pals – Partners Support Group

Stotfold Carers – 01462 730 948 – Stotfold Methodist Church

Carers Eating Disorder Association (CEDA) – -  pdf copy

Carers Central  – DRC, Luton – support for carers in the Luton area

Headway Bedford – Support Group for Carers

Headway Leighton Buzzard – Support Group for Carers

Keech Hospice Care – Drop-in service for carers: for those caring for people with life-limiting and terminal illnesses – Pdf document.

Stroke Association

Local Council

Carers Emergency Card – Central Bedfordshire Council – Copies available from CiB office

Bedford Borough Council – Support for Carers 

  • Carers Self Assessment - copies available from CiB office
  • Digital Resources for Carers – pdf copy

Central Bedfordshire Council – Support for Carers

  • Carers Assessment
  • Carers Voucher Scheme

Local Services

Carers Sitting/Respite Service - Age UK Bedfordshire  – copies available from CiB office

Community Transport Schemes

Buzzer Buses Dial a Ride - Community transport from Leighton Buzzard to Woburn and the villages in between

Door to Door. Bedford, BRCC – - pdf copy

Flittabus Community Transport Ltd - Provides transport to town & village communities in mid-Bedfordshire using a scheduled timetable covering 12 routes

Greensand Country, BRCC - covered Ampthill, Arlesey, Biggleswade, Cranfield, Flitwick, Houghton Conquest, Sandy & all villages b/w & into Bedford -

South Beds Dial a Ride

Conditions - local charities

Access Bedford – supporting the deaf/pdf of hearing community

Age UK Bedfordshire – Supports people over aged 50+

Alzheimer’s Society – Central Bedfordshire– supports people living with Dementia – -  pdf copy

Alzheimer’s Society – My Future Plans – Bedford Borough only – pdf copy

Autism Bedfordshire – supports children and adults with autism

The Avenue, Biggleswade – Supportive Services for families who have a child with autism

Bedford & District Cerebal Palsy Society

Bedfordshire Down’s Syndrome Support Group

Bosom Pals, Kempston, Bedford

Ehlers-Danlos Support UK (EDS) – pdf copy

Fibromyalgia Support Group – Disability Resource Centre, Dunstable –

Hearts in Beds Cardiac Support Group - – 

Headway Bedford

Headway Leighton Buzzard

Leighton-Linslade Cancer Support Group

Macmillan Cancer Support at Primrose Unit, Bedford Hospital

Macmillan Welfare Rights Service – 

Mid Beds Cancer Support Group  - Zoom Sessions. For information

Mencap Bedford

MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Assocation) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MS Society – local branch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MS Therapy Centre Beds & Northampton

Neurology in Bedfordshire – pdf copy

Neurotones Choir for people with communication difficulties following a stroke or due to neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease or MS – pdf copy

Outside-In – Support for children and adults with ADHD & Autism

Beds Prostrate Cancer & Support Group

Parkinson’s Society: local branch – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  & leaflets in different languages

Physical Health & Emotional Wellbeing (PHEW) – support from people with real life experience of managing their own health – Disability Resource Centre, Dunstable

Sight Concern – for people experiencing sight loss and their carers

Stroke Association  – by appointment only

The Bedford Ouse Valley Stroke Club

Terrence Higgins Trust – supporting people living with HIV & their carers –

Tibbs Dementia Foundation – Bedford – supporting people living with dementia

Counselling Services

Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service, NHS

Counselling Foundation – Bedford & Luton – low cost counselling

Relate Bedfordshire -

Reclaim Life, Leighton Buzzard

Open Door for young people age 13 – 25 - Bedford

Sorted Counselling Service for young people aged 10 to 25 -  Dunstable - - 

Day Centres

Bedford Daycare Hospice 

Kingfisher Day Centre, Bedford – social inclusion for people with disabilities - pdf copy

Oakley Rural –  

Debt Management

Money Advice at St Andrew’s, Bedford -

CAP (Christians Against Poverty – 

Debt Advice Service – Salvation Army, Bedford – pdf copy

Are you struggling with money – Central Bedfordshire Council – pdf document.

Money Management – Disability Resource Centre

Disability Equipment

Anglia Mobility Ltd, Bedford

  • Mobility Equipment Hire

Ampthill & District Good Neighbours – can provide a wheelchair and swivel cushions to loan for a short period of time

British Red Cross – Mobility aids – Bedford  – pdf copy

The Disability Resource Centre

  • Equipment Service
  • Equipment Hire

The Mobility Hub, Bedford Bus Station  – 

Mobility Zone Ltd, Leighton Buzzard –

Remap Bedfordshire  – makes custom made equipment to help disabled people live more independent lives - - pdf copy

Demand – Design and manufacture bespoke equipment for disabled people where no off-the-shelf solutions exist

Domestic abuse

See Safeguarding

Emergency Planning

Carers Emergency Card – Central Bedfordshire – Available from the CiB office

Lions Message in a Bottle  tubs – Available from the CiB office

End of life care (Palliative Care)

End of life Planning – Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire. Visit website.

Advance Care Plan – NHS BCCG   – 

Hospice at Home Volunteers – Dunstable, Houghton Regis & District, Leighton Buzzard, Linslade & District 

Keech Hospice Care – Drop-in service for carers: for those caring for people with life-limiting and terminal illnesses - visit website.

Respite at home volunteers – West Mid Beds & Ivel Valley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – pdf copy

Sue Ryder, St John’s Hospice – Bedford - 01767 641 349

LifeBook: a way to record the practical details of our life – Age UK -

A Better Death – Sue Ryder -  download pdf copy.


BCCG - Falls Prevention leaflets -

Bedford Hospital – Falls Programme – pdf copy

How to safely help someone to get up  –

How to get up from the floor by yourself  –

Financial Support

Credit Union, Bedford – provides members with saving, borrowing & prepaid debit cards. Has collections points in Biggleswade, Shefford & Sandy

Money Matters, Luton – has collection points in Dunstable & Houghton Regis

Money Matters & Money Wise – Disability Resource Centre -

Freecycle – covering Bedfordshire –free items advertise but need to collect

Turn2Us – search for grants from charitable funds


Wiltshire Farm Foods – Copies available from CiB office

Oakhouse Foods – Copies available from CiB office

Food First Resources:

  • How to lose a pound-a-week
  • How to gain a pound-a-week
  • Build yourself up - dietary advice for diabetes
  • A soft/moist diet


Bedford Foodbank

The Bread Project, Bedford – not available all year, available around Christmas –

Biggleswade Baptist Church Foodbank 07511 367 066

Dunstable Foodbank – cover LU5 & LU6 postcodes – a referral voucher system is used

Leighton Linslade Community Food Bank – Trinity Methodist Church, LU7 1ES -  07842 122 429 or 01525 373 638

The Needs Project – Stotfold, Cranfield, Flitwick, Letchworth, Shefford, Sandy & Arlesley

Potton Vineyard Church Foodbank – 01767 261 764

Going out

AccessAble: Your accessibility Guide. Finding which places are accessible.

Blue Badge

Radar Toilet Key – allows access to disabled toilets when out. Available to all disabilities.

  • Bedford Borough 01234 718 060
  • Central Bedfordshire – DRC 01582 470 900; Priory House, Chicksands 0300 300 8301

Toilet Scheme – Changing Places in Bedfordshire -

Have your Say / Complaints

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) - How to make a complaint

Bedford Borough Council

Cambridgeshire Community Services –

Central Bedfordshire Council:

Healthwatch Bedford Borough

HealthWatch Central Bedfordshire


PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service)

Care Quality Commission - Tell us about the care you or your family receives -

Also see Advocacy and Have Your Say

Health Issues

BCCG – Help us help you to stay well: a guide to your local services – pdf copy

Bedford Borough – Lifestyle Hub – visit website.

Bedford Menopause Support Group – facebook

Contraceptive and sexual health services in Bedfordshire – pdf copy

Central Bedfordshire Council – local health services – pdf copy

Path 2 Recovery (P2R) Bedfordshire – Adult Drug and Alcohol Service

Stop Smoking Bedfordshire –


After Umbrage – a free place to stay for carers looking after someone with a life-limiting condition

Carefreebreaks – free cottage holidays for carers

Bond – Accessible holidays in Blackpool


Revitalise – RS Fund – providing funding for a Revitalise holiday

Home Improvement

Disabled Facilities Grant – a local council grant to help disabled people who need essential adaptation work carried out

Occupational Therapists

  • Bedford Borough Council 01234 276 665
  • Bedford Borough Home Improvement Team 01234 718 294
  • Central Bedfordshire Council 0845 602 406
  • Central Bedfordshire Contact Centre 0300 300 8050

Home – safety

Bobby Scheme – help to improve home security for elderly and vulnerable people

Key Safe Supply & Fitting Service – Age UK Bedfordshire – pdf copy

Central Bedfordshire Council – Keeping Warm -  

How to stay well in winter – including keeping warm – NHS

Home – safety – telecare

Bedford Borough – Telecare Service - – pdf copy

Central Bedfordshire Council – Lifeline Service, Emergency alarm service - pdf copy

Community Alarm and Support Service – Grand Union & Aragon Housing  - pdf copy

Grand Union – Telecare Service - – pdf copy

OneCall – a life saving identification service for vulnerable individuals –

Personal Alarms – Age UK –

Home – support in the

Bedfordshire & Luton: Adult Care & Support Services Directory - – Copies available at CiB office

Age UK Bedfordshire

Assisted Bin Collections – if you are not able to put your bins out to the roadside for collection due to a disability or medication condition you can apply

British Red Cross

  • Independent Living Services – pdf copy
  • Help after Hospital – Bedford Borough – carry out home checks, help with shopping, collecting prescriptions This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01234 341 503 – pdf copy

Central Bedfordshire - Housing for Older People –

Direct Payments & Personal Assistants – Disability Resource Centre -

Flitwick & District Good Neighbour Scheme  – pdf copy

Good Neighbour Schemes

Hairdressers (mobile) – provided by Age UK Beds – paid service

  • Debs 07717 176 786
  • Deborah 01234 210 337

Houghton Regis Helpers  – pdf copy

Leighton-Linslade Helping Hands  – pdf copy

Meals on Wheels -  Apetito – Delivers frozen meals & hot meals

WRVS – Good neighbours in Bedfordshire - pdf copy


Bedford Hospital Carers Information – pdf copy

L&D Hospital Carers Information

Lister Hospital – pdf copy.

Support after hospital – British Red Cross - pdf copy

Hospital / Medical Appointments Transport

Door to Door, Bedford – For medical appointments advance bookings – BRCC -

LBVPT (Leighton Buzzard Voluntary Patient Transport) – Transport to Hospital -

Non-emergency Patient Transport – transport to hospital and health clinics in Bedfordshire, Luton, Hertfordshire and some areas in Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and London. Call 0208 045 4254 with NHS number. Calls answered 24/7 -

Housing Support

One Support, Bedford - pdf copy

Visiting Support for Older People in the Community, places for people & Bedford Borough Council - pdf copy

Central Bedfordshire Council – Brief Guide to Housing Services: CBC Housing in the Community  – pdf copy

Housing – Care Homes

Bedfordshire & Luton: Adult Care & Support Services Directory - – Copies available at CiB office

Friends for Life- providing friendship and company to residents of Bedfordshire care homes

Manton Heights, Bedford

Bluebird Care

Home Instead

Care homes: when is the right time and who decides – Alzheimer’s Society

Housing – Supported living

Bedfordshire Supported Housing -

Bedford Citizens Housing Association -

Bedford Borough – Housing Options for People with Learning Disabilities – pdf copy

Shared Lives


Contiplan: Reducing the risk of Incontinence Associated Dermatitis -

Legal Advice

Free legal advice by Premier Solicitors at ACCM UK Community Hub - pdf copy

Luton Law Centre – not-for-profit practice, offering mostly free legal advice and assistance –

Premier Solicitors

Rebecca L Faret Solicitors, Flitwick

Toller Solicitors, Kempston

Woodfines Solicitors, Bedford & Sandy


Local links in Bedfordshire and surrounding area – pdf copy

Local charities


  • Counselling
  • IT Lessons
  • ESOL
  • Community Hub
  • Health and wellbeing sessions


Companions Real Bread – supporting ex-offenders and providing sourdough – Bedford –  

Community Works4U

Direction for Bedfordshire – support to help break the cycle of re-offending

Parish Nurse at St Andrew’s Church, Bedford – pdf copy

Luton Support

Active Luton

Age Concern Luton –

Alzheimer’s Society – Luton – pdf copy

ELFT Information for Carers in Luton – pdf copy

Healthwatch Luton

Headway Luton –

Liferoots: coaching for compassionate care

Livewell Luton

Luton Dementia Action Alliance - visit website.

Luton Law Centre

Luton Shop Mobility


Music 24 Dementia Services

POhWER in Luton – pdf copy

Resolutions for family, friends & carers – supporting someone with alcohol and drug issues –

Social Care Support

Transformation – Dependency Support Group – – pdf copy

Telelink: Independent Living through telecare solutions – pdf copy

Terrence Higgins Trust –

Total Wellbeing Luton –

Wellbeing Service NHS

Medication Management (Pharmacies)

Cheeseman's Pharmacy of Ampthil, 3-5 Church St, 01525 402 173 – delivers prescriptions to your home - Covers Ampthill, Clophill, Flitwick, Houghton Conquest, Maulden, Milbrook, Silsoe, Wilstead & surrounding villages

Smarta Healthcare -

  • Free home delivery
  • Monitored dosage systems

Superdrug – Home Medication Pack

Carers Trust – A Carers Guide to Managing Medicines – pdf copy

Military and ex-military support

The Royal British Legion

  • Handy vans – pdf copy

SSAFA Forces Bedfordshire Branch – 


Blind Veterans UK

The Royal British Legion’s Veterans Hearing Fund. Visit website.  

NHS mental health care for veterans –


Multicultural groups

ACCM UK Ltd, Bedford

Queen’s Park Orchard, Bedford

Guru Nanak Gurdwara Bedford

Sikh Forgiveness This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Mind Matters

Paying for Care

When does the NHS pay for care? – Alzheimer’s Society – pdf copy

Power of Attorney

Office of Public Guardian – What happens when I can’t make decisions for myself? – - copies available from the CiB office

Alzheimer’s Society – Lasting power of attorney – - copies available from the CiB office

Age UK – Power of attorney 

Dementia UK – Lasting power of attorney –

Pressure Ulcers

Prevention of Pressure Ulcers: A carers guide – pdf copy

A guide for preventing pressure ulcers – L&D Hospital – pdf copy

Pressure Ulcers – 

Respite Services

Wadelow – Mid Bedfordshire – For young people with autism, learning disabilities &/or challenging behaviours - Short Break care packages; specialist coaching services, qualified social worker assessments – pdf copy


Bedford Borough Council - pdf copy

  • Adults 01234 276 222
  • Children 01234 718 700

Central Bedfordshire Council – pdf copy

  • Adults 0300 300 8122
  • Children 0300 303 8585

ELFT - Safeguarding Adults  - pdf copy

Domestic Abuse

Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership /

Domestic Abuse – Bedfordshire Police

Freedom Programme – Bedford Women’s Centre - Helps women overcome domestic abuse. Provides information & practical support in a group setting

YMCA Bedfordshire, Domestic Abuse Outreach Resettlement Project –  pdf copy


Bedfordshire Neighbourhood Watch Association –   pdf copy

Bobby Scheme – provides free service to elderly & vulnerable people to help improve home security

Signpost: Supporting victims of crime in Bedfordshire

Emerald Centre SARC (Bedfordshire) - Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) - provides friendly & professional support if you have experienced sexual violence or sexual abuse

Hate Crimes

Disability Hate crime       Easy read – pdf copy

Reporting hate crimes in Bedfordshire -

Other Issues

Forced Marriage Unit

Harmful Traditional Practices, ACCM UK – Domestic violence, FGM, Honour Based Marriage, Forced Marriage, Child Abuse - pdf copy

Slavery Helpline

Social Support

BRCC – Community & Village Agents

  • Arlesey– pdf copy
  • Bedford Borough & BRCC – Local Community Coordinator Service – pdf copy
  • Bedford Borough Villages– pdf copy
  • Biggleswade– pdf copy
  • Potton– pdf copy
  • Shefford– pdf copy

Bedford Borough Social Prescribing Service – pdf copy

Good Neighbour Schemes

The Net, Kempston – to support isolated women without discrimination  – pdf copy

Older Person Visiting Support – Places for People, Bedford - aged over 60, helping with housing-related support needs, assisting with gaining access to other services, supporting independent living & social inclusion This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07484 001 674

One Support – One Housing, Bedford - offers establishing & managing tenancies; welfare benefits & maximising income, accessing community facilities

Polish British Integration Centre – Bedford - Supports people from Poland living in Bedford - Provides free ESOL classes, general advice on housing, healthcare, education & benefits

Royal Voluntary Service Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire - Helps older people maintain their indepence & stay involved in the local community - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01908 787 330

Also see Befriending


Bedford – Ace 01234 510 050

Bedford Rural & Surrounding areas / Biggleswade – M&DH -  0800 056 2333

Leighton Buzzard & Dunstable– Burgins – 01525 372 131



Bedford Learning Centre – Free computer training for adults  – pdf copy

AbilityNet – Free computer help for disabled and elderly people

Your guide to getting started online. Learn My Way.


BABUS (Bedford Area Bus User’s Society) – Represents the interests of bus users who either live, work or travel through the Bedford area

Driving Mobility – had, helping older and disabled people lead an independent life - pdf copy

Disabled Person’s Railcard – 1/3 off rail fares

Also see Community Transport & Hospitals

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