If you are over 18, and either you or the person you care for lives in Bedfordshire, we have a wide range of services, advice and help to support you.
Many people do not see themselves as carers because they are simply doing what they can for a relative or friend who needs them because of their disability or illness.
Perhaps you are looking after your spouse who has memory problems. Or an elderly parent who has become frail, a neighbour with a disability, a sister, son or daughter with a mental health condition or addiction. Your loved one may live with you or live in a care home or in another town.
You may be looking after a child who is under 18 and has additional needs. Or you may be a child or young person looking after a parent or sibling.
You may have recently become a carer, or been caring for years.
Whatever your caring situation, Carers in Bedfordshire is here to support you. Each year we help 7000 carers throughout the county.
How can we help
One to One Support
When you register with us, we will ask if we can phone you to talk about your caring role. If it’s clear that you finding your caring role a challenge, we will assign you a member of our friendly team to be in regular contact to support you in your caring role.
If the person you are caring for uses the Bedford or L&D hospital, you can contact our hospital support coordinator.
Workshops, events and groups
Our groups and workshops offer you the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation, learn more about the condition you are caring for and of course, catch your breath. We also have some talks which you can watch at any time. Visit our ‘What’s On’ page for more information.
There’s a whole raft of practical issues to consider as a carer – from arranging care and adaptations, to transport matters and planning for an emergency.
Read more on our practical support pages.