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Parent Carers

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Groups, 1-1 support, training and advice.

We provide support for all unpaid carers, you do not need to have a formal diagnosis or receive disability benefits to access our support services.

Coronavirus Updates for Parent Carers. To read more

Who is a Parent Carer?

A parent carer is a parent (or adult with parental responsibility - ie Grandparent, Foster parent/Guardian etc), who cares for a child or young person aged 18 or under with any additional need. Often the needs of young person are life-long and the challenges being faced develop as the child/young person grows. Parent carers are life long advocates for their children. 

Being a parent carer can mean juggling various aspects of your and your child's lives at the same time, including but not limited to:

  • schooling/education
  • health
  • housing
  • social care including respite
  • siblings 
  • employment/benefits
  • family relationships and dynamics

Our Parent Carer Support Team, (Jon Clingan (Bedford), Maria Panteli (Leighton Buzzard) and Sara Albon (Biggleswade)) are experienced support workers. They understand the difficulties families face when raising a child with additional needs. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. They run regular training sessions on a variety of topics relevant to caring for a child/young person with additional needs.

Young Carers

As a Parent carer, you may have other children in your household who help to care:

Other children living at home may need support in recognising themselves as having caring responsibilities and the impact this has on their own childhoods. The Young Carers team may be able to help.


The move from child to adult services is frequently stressful for parent carers and often means you might be in need of some guidance. We can provide someone to talk to, an explanation of the processes involved and also request meetings to address concerns.


Coronavirus Updates for Parent Carers. To read more

Click here, for a list of local and national organisations providing support for parent carers.

See our Parent Carer Facebook page for group reminders and for the latest information.

Fact sheet Bedford Borough

Fact sheet Central Bedfordshire

Parent Carer Podcast

Bedford Radio interviewed Misbah who is a parent carer for her son, aged 11, who has autism and dyspraxia. They discuss the day-to-day life of caring for a child with additional needs and the pressue that it can put on the family.  Listen Here

Read Ena's story and her tips for parent carers

Download our Parents Together information leaflet here.


We host a range of groups specifically tailored for Parent Carers with an experienced support worker running the sessions to provide information, guidance and one-to-one support. You can share information and experiences with other parent carers as well as come along to useful events and training opportunities. 

Please visit our What's On page for workshops, events and groups that are still on offer during the coronavirus pandemic What's On 

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