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Who is a Carer?


A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

Many carers do not see themselves as carers because they are simply doing what they can for a relative or friend who needs them. You may be the parent of a child with additional needs, the partner of someone with memory problems, the neighbour of someone with an illness, or a child of a parent with an addiction. You may have recently become a carer, or been caring for years. Whatever your caring situation, Carers in Bedfordshire are here to help support you. 

Can we help you?

If you are over the age of 4, and either you or the person you care for lives in Bedfordshire, we have services to support you. The person you care for does not have to have any formal assessment/diagnosis or claim any benefits in order for you to register as a carer. 

We have specialised support for all types of carers, for more information on specific carer types please see below:

  • Adult Carers – caring for anyone over 18 years with a physical or medical condition

  • Parent Carers– caring for a dependant under 18 years with any condition or special needs

  • Mental Health Carers– caring for someone with a mental health issue

  • Learning Disability Carers – caring for an adult who has learning disabilities

  • Dementia Carers – caring for someone who has Dementia, Alzheimer’s or memory loss

  • Young Adult Carers – carers who are aged between 18 and 25 years looking after a relative or friend
  • Young Carers - carers who are aged between 4 and 17 years looking after a relative or friend
  • Former Carers – carers whose relative they cared for has passed away

What to do next

Register with Carers in Bedfordshire to use our services 

Ring our team on 0300 111 1919 to find out more about what we can offer you or speak to one of our support workers.

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