Support for Carers
The Carers Cafes are somewhere the carer, cared for and
immediate family can go to meet new people, socialise and enjoy the
services being provided. Support and information for
carers is available alongside a variety of activities and
treatments. These include massages, facials, hairdressing,
chiropody and activities such as photography and microwave cooking
demonstrations. More information available here
Carers in Bedfordshire are
funded by NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning
Group to assist carers with costs towards something that would
improve their health or wellbeing, allow them to take a break from
their caring role or access training.
Carers can apply for a grant of up to £300 towards a service
that benefits their health and wellbeing. Visit the
Bedfordshire website for more information.
Carers in Bedfordshire has two Carers
Lounges based in Bedford Hospital, on the ground floor in South
Wing and Luton & Dunstable Hospital in St Mary’s Wing.
At the Carers Lounges you will be able to
meet carer support workers and on different days there will be
staff that specialise in areas of supporting carers. They are
there to offer advice, support and information to visiting carers
of all ages and to identify new carers.
So if you are visiting the hospitals, please call in for a
coffee and a chat! No appointment or referral is
needed. More information
and contact details available here.
Carers Support Groups
Carers in Bedfordshire run a range of
support groups that are open to all carers of any age and any
background. They are a great place to meet other carers in a
similar situation, or to have a chat with one of our experienced
support workers. Read here for more
Young Adult Carers Support Groups
Details of these groups can be
on the Carers in Bedfordshire website
Young Carers Breaks
NHS Bedfordshire have provided a
grant to support young carers. Young carers under the age of 18 can
apply for a grant of up to £150 to go towards a service that will
benefit and enhance their wellbeing. More
information is available on the Carers in
Young and Sibling Carer Support
Carers in Bedfordshire run 13 support
groups a month for our Young Carers and Sibling Carers who are
aged 4 to 16 in order to allow them to be children and to meet
other children in a similar situation.