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It can be a minefield to navigate the many forms and criteria questions required to claim the benefit to which you may be entitled as a carer. We can help you to access up to date information on benefits and other entitlements such as disabled parking badges, through our magazines and from our support workers.
01234 360 510, Mon - Fri 9:30am - 4:30pm
Citizens Advice Bedford
01234 351589 or 01234 327262, Monday – Thursday 10am–1pm
Citizens Advice West Mid Beds
01525 402742, 01767 601368 and 01525 841217, 10am-2.30pm
Citizens Advice Dunstable
Advice Line: 01582 661384, 10am-12.30pm (Mon-Fri), 1pm-3.30pm (Mon-Weds)
Citizens Advice Leighton Linslade
Advice line: 01525 373878 and drop in callers 10am-1pm, Mon-Thurs; 2-4pm, Tues-Thurs
Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
For help with Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Attendance Allowance applications, contact the office that sent you the application form. The number should be in the pack supplied. Request a home visit stating that you are having difficulty completing the form and that you are vulnerable; carers are classed as vulnerable people in this circumstance.
If you are a tenant, your housing association may have a welfare rights/money advice service. Contact your Housing Association to find out more.
Disability Resource Centre (DRC), Dunstable
01582 470900; Textphone 01582 470968
Older Peoples Visiting Support Service (available to people over 60 residing in Bedford Borough and rural communities)
07484 001744 or 07484 001674
One Support (Bedford Borough residents only)
Carers UK - Carers Rights Guide
Rethink Mental Illness and the Meriden Family Programme have created a series of publications enititled Caring for Yourself to help people with mental health problems and carers, family and friends. It is particularly useful if you support someone with any mental health condition.
Being A Carer
Recovery and Hope
Taking Care of Yourself
OnePlusOne's online relationship guide for carers: relationships.carers.org
OnePlusOne & Contact a Family's online resource for parent carers - Relationship Tool
The Herbert Protocol has been established to help those vulnerable people living with Dementia, should they go wandering, it is designed to keep those people safe and give families peace of mind. The Herbert protocol is a quick form and photo ID stored within the police database and used if needed regarding these vulnerable people.
It would be helpful for families where there is a person with dementia, to complete this form and let the police have it on their files to make things more efficient should a person with dementia go missing.
Please print this form and hand in to Bedfordshire Police or follow the Email and Fax instructions on the form. Access more information here
Read more about Diabetes here.
Read more about:
Chums UK - Mental health and emotional wellbeing for children and young people
Faces UK - Family and children's early help services
NHS Self Help Guides on a variety of conditions can be found online here.