The Carers Rest is a weekly group held in Bedford. We run regular social activities such as professional singers, bingo and quizzes, with coffee, tea and a hot lunch. It is a chance to relax and have fun amongst friends who are in the same situations. Everyone supports each other.
Who can attend?
The Carers Rest provides a much needed break for carers caring for loved ones living with dementia or memory loss issues. Come along either by yourself or with the person you are caring for. We encourage carers to take a well earned break from caring for a loved one living with dementia or memory loss issues.
Occasionally we have speakers attend to talk on relevant issues for carers and their loved ones. A support worker is also on hand and helpful volunteers.
Where do we meet?
The group meets at
- Priory Methodist Church, Newnham Avenue, Bedford MK41 9QJ
- Tuesdays from 10.15am to 1pm
- Transport can also be provided from some locations
We charge £2 for tea, coffee and biscuits and if you would like to have a hot meal we charge £5 per head. These fees are inclusive of entertainment and activities at the Carers Rest.
Peer to Peer Support
An experienced carer, who is also a trained counsellor, is available each week if you wish to have a 1:1 session to talk over any worries you may have. On average 2 out of 3 carers take advantage of this valuable and confidential service.
What do members say?
"It's my lifeline. I try very hard not to miss it. I feel supported and look forward to seeing everyone on a Tuesday. The entertainment is always good and I love being the bingo caller. The group gives me a much needed life when I am feeling down or swamped by my caring role." Tony Young.
1st October: Board Games
8th October: Trivial Pursuit Quiz
15th October: Fire Safety in the Home
22nd October: The Corsairs, 50s and 60s music sing along
29th October: Biscuit Decorating
5th November: Bonfire Night Activities
12th November: Lydia Saul, The Higgins Museum, Reminiscence Box Session
19th November: Quizzes
26th November: Musical Bingo
3rd December: Card Making
10th December: Christmas Meal
17th December: Christmas performance from James LeBec