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, Alzheimers 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, Alzheimers 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
- Dame Alice Court, Newnham Street, Bedford MK40 3NR
- Tuesdays from 10.15am to 1.15pm
- 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.
8th January: New Years Welcome
15th January: Sam Marshall—Alzheimer's Society LPA and Advanced Care Planning
22nd January: James Le Bec
*29th January: Quiz
12th February: Hilary Tuohy AGE UK
19th February: James Le Bec
26th February: Nadia Kopec, Physiotherapist
19th March: James Le Bec
*Activities still to be confirmed
Please be aware that January and February 2019's Carers Rest will be held at Priory Methodist Church on Newnham Avenue, Bedford, due to venue refurbishments.