Many carers use the card to prove they are a carer - at school, the shops, hospital, at work or leisure and sport venues. It saves you the bother of having to dig out other paperwork or answer lots of questions.
Some carers say just having it in their wallet gives them a sense of security – especially if the person they care for has a hidden disability.
Some shops, leisure and sports venues and other businesses will happily offer you a discount if you ask and then present your card. They recognise carers deserve this because of the vital role you play in society. You may be shy to ask, but you can say something like “Do you give a discount for carers? This card proves I am a carer”, then present your card with pride! You may even get a discount when shopping online if you enquire first.
“To me the card is a badge of honour, like wearing my poppy on Remembrance Sunday.”
“It really helps when accessing shops while making purchases for my elderly parents.”
Tell us about your discounts so we can share your tips with other carers.
The card is for unpaid carers who live in Bedford Borough or Central Bedfordshire - you just show or mention your card. Unpaid carers look after a relative, partner, friend or neighbour who is ill, frail or disabled, who depends on them to help with everyday tasks. You may get carers allowance.
Foster carers or people who work in care homes or domiciliary services are not eligible unless they are also unpaid carers.
If you are a carer already registered with us
- Or you can post in a photo with your name and postcode on the back.
Your picture does not have to be a passport photo and you can smile!
If you are not registered with Carers in Bedfordshire
- Apply on this form and upload a photo. When we get your application, we will give you a call to confirm you are a carer. You do not have to register for our other services but we can do this at the same time if you would prefer.
Please allow up to two weeks for your card to arrive.