Carers in Bedfordshire is a registered charity. We are here to help unpaid carers of all ages, right across Bedfordshire, with information, support and advice. We give voice to their concerns.
We’ve been around since 2004 and know that people who care for a family member or friend often put their own wellbeing last. They may not even see themselves as a carer and so miss out on support which could help the whole family.
Our founder Yvonne Clark talks to current CEO Chris Stelling about how she set up the charity in her backroom with just one landline. They discuss the changes that have taken place, as the charity now supports more than 8,000 carers in the county.
We support carers of all ages over the phone, through face-to-face contact, support groups and workshops. Our services include experienced carer support workers, counselling, wellbeing sessions, coping with hospital, grants and information such as the Carers magazine. Our memory navigation service is for people living with memory loss and dementia, and their carers.
We work closely with local and national agencies and can signpost carers to specialised sources of support.
Thank you for your support through some very hard times. The waves still crash over my head at times but I am learning to breathe before the next one comes
We only do what makes life better for carers – carers are at the heart of our values.
We help carers have their say on caring matters in Bedfordshire, and beyond, working with the NHS, local councils, and influencing government, local and national.
We are well connected locally with many health and social care organisations and have strong links with businesses, schools and employers.
We are regulated by the Charity Commission and comply with Company Law. We are a Network Partner of the Carers Trust and are registered with the Fundraising Regulator.
Each year, Carers in Bedfordshire raises and spends over £1 million to help those who care for others.
75p of every £1 comes from the Local Authority and the National Health Service (NHS). This covers the core services that we offer including providing financial grants for carers.
15p of every £1 comes from funders who believe in the value of what we do, such as Children in Need and local grant-giving organisations, and from the nominal charges that we make for some of our events and activities. While the final 10p of every £1 comes from our generous local community. This money allows us to do even more for carers including responding to individual needs and finding new ways of providing support and advice.
Carers in Bedfordshire is a membership organisation. That means that anyone with an interest in caring can join us and have a say in how we are run and what we do.
Our Board of Trustees is responsible for setting our overall direction and vision. The majority of our Trustees are carers or former carers. The Board’s decisions are informed by their first-hand experiences and an understanding of the challenges, that carers face and the support they need.
The Trustees meet regularly throughout the year and are supported by Finance and Nominations sub-committees which focus respectively on reviewing the management accounts and appointing new Trustees.