Our partners help identify carers every day. This section is designed to help
you support carers and put them in touch with us.

General Practitioners

You meet many carers in your role. However, many people don’t see themselves as carers and aren’t aware of all the help and support available. That may harm their own health and wellbeing – and result in more appointments with you and in more admissions to hospital.

When carers are identified early and properly supported, they are better able to continue in their caring roles. It’s important that they register as carers with their GP, so that they can access all the services they need.

This NHS video highlights about how GPs can make life better for a carer.

Health and social care staff

We know that health and social care staff play a vital role in identifying and supporting carers.

We can support your staff with information and advice, provide speakers for your team meeting and attend your events with an information stand. We can also provide your agency with training opportunities and run specialist workshops. For more information please email

Useful publications can be downloaded and shared with carers you meet. 

Our talks for professionals are useful information sessions that are also a great chance to network. We invite you to join in with any of our workshops that interest you as a professional. You do not have to be a carer.

Hospital staff

Hospital is a good place for professionals to identify carers.  A hospital admission can begin a caring journey or sometimes lead to a more demanding caring role for which a carer is not always prepared.

Identifying carers is not exclusive to inpatients. The outpatients department is also a good place for staff to recognise when a carer seems upset or distressed.  If this is the case, it is easy to make an online referral to our support team.

Carers in Bedfordshire support workers are able to provide ongoing information, advice, practical and emotional support to carers who live in Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough. This includes hospital staff themselves.

Schools and colleges

Young carers may experience isolation, difficulties coping at home, problems at school, lack of social experiences and often need information and advice on the illness or disability their family member may have.

Find out about our Schools award to see if your school can do more for young carers and to celebrate what you already do well

Young carer services for Bedford Borough

  • One to one support
  • Information, advice and guidance
  • Clubs
  • Young carer and sibling carer workshops
  • Young Carers Breaks
  • Carers Grant

You, or a parent can fill our referral form on their behalf.

You can find information on youth services in Central Bedfordshire here.

Information about carers

Who is a carer?

An unpaid carer looks after someone who couldn’t cope without their support due to illness, dementia, disability, addiction, mental health or special educational need. A carer might look after a parent, child, partner or other family member or friend. They could be aged anywhere from four-years-old to 104. They might not realise they are a carer and are just doing what they should for a loved one.

How does caring impact their life?

Caring for someone can take its toll on a carer’s wellbeing, as they take on extra responsibilities such as sorting out medication, doctors and hospital appointments, bills, doing the shopping, carrying out personal care and ensuring the person they care for is safe and well.

In a lot of cases carers often have to give up work to look after the person they are caring for. They have to rely on benefits which are extremely minimal and far less than the minimum wage for the hours of caring they undertake, which can be up to 24/7 with little or no respite. Some carers juggle work and caring which can seriously affect their wellbeing. Or they could be a young carer which can have a serious impact on their schooling, mental health and leave little or no time for a social life.     

What support can carers get from Carers in Bedfordshire?

We offer a whole range of help, information, support, advice and guidance to carers of all ages. This includes over the phone with our fully trained support workers, face-to-face contact, support groups and workshops. We also provide counselling, information events, respite activities, wellbeing sessions, hospital support, grants and information, such as in our Carers magazine or targeted newsletters. Our memory navigation service is for people living with memory loss and dementia, and their carers. We also work closely with local and national agencies and can signpost carers to specialised sources of support.

How do I refer a carer for support?

We have a referral form below for partners to be able to register carers for support to Carers in Bedfordshire. It only take a few minutes to fill in, but it could make a huge difference to a carer’s wellbeing.

General enquiries