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River Festival 2018


After such a fun and busy weekend at Bedford’s biennial River Festival, Carers in Bedfordshire wanted to share our highlights of the weekend.

With thanks and appreciation to Canoe Trail, many of our Young Carers had a fantastic time in on the river, getting involved in all the activities and even speaking to the public audiences on the microphone about their stories and sharing what it is to be young carer.  The Young Carers got involved in cardboard boat making, dancing and canoeing. Canoe Trail, who generously provided an opportunity for our young carers to participate in the water events on the Embankment for free, even gave parent carers the opportunity to share their stories too. We are very lucky to have heard these carers speak so highly of the help and support that they have received from the Carers in Bedfordshire team.

Debbie, one of our young carer support workers said: 
"It was lovely to see our young carers getting involved and having a good time- we're very thankful to Canoe Trail for donating and dedicating this time to celebrate young carers, fantastic to see the families having a wonderful day together."

Parents of Young Carers commented;

Again, thank you for another amazing opportunity for [my son]"

“We have all enjoyed the day.  I loved watching my boys get involved.  They never would have done this without Carers in Beds”

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We are also grateful for the generosity shown by Transition Coaching who entered two dragon boat teams into the races along the river! After their hard work training, their amazing costumes and team spirit- they really put on a show on the river! Together, their pirate themed teams; ‘The Plank Dancers’ and ‘The Jolly Rogers’ raised £200 for our services! Check out these photos of their pirate crew!


Did you notice the "All about you" stall by Russell Park?

Carers in Bedfordshire, alongside many other local organisations and groups including; ELFT, Healthwatch, MIND, Music24, Our Minds Matter, Tibbs Dementia, P2R, Samaritans, Street Triage & Upbeats Choir, ran a wellbeing stall, encouraging the residents and visitors of Bedfordshire to think about their wellbeing and mindfulness.

The stall had activities such as the 'wheel of wellbeing', photo booths and served mocktails whilst watching some musical performances from wellbeing choirs. And of course, Rafferty the bear was making the rounds too!

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A huge thank you to Team Transition, Canoe Trail and all of the incredible local organisations and volunteers that held down the wellbeing stall over the weekend!

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