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.
Carers in Bedfordshire is 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.
Carers in Bedfordshire has two carers' lounges:
- Bedford Hospital, on the ground floor in South Wing
- Luton and 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.
Carers' support groups
Carers in Bedfordshire runs 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.
Young adult carers' support groups (16-25 years)
Details of these groups can be found on the Carers in Bedfordshire website
Young carers' breaks
NHS Bedfordshire has 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 Bedfordshire website
Young and sibling carer support groups
Carers in Bedfordshire runs 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.