Carers in Bedfordshire

Carers in Bedfordshire

At a glance


  • Children / families
  • Counselling / advice
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Local / community
  • Mental health
  • Older people / later life
  • Physical disabilities
  • Poverty relief
  • Social care
  • Young people

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We are a local charity. We help unpaid carers of all ages and backgrounds to cope with the emotional and physical stresses of their caring role. A carer is anyone who cares for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. 

A carer may be the parent of a child with additional needs, the partner of someone with memory problems, the neighbour of someone with an illness, or a child under 18 supporting their parent or sibling with a disability - whatever the caring situation, we are here to help.

We can give advice and information to help with the well-being of the carer by offering: 1:1 support, training to develop new skills, a discount card, family time at a carer cafe, regular groups and activities to help meet other carers. We run Carers Lounges in Bedford and in Luton hospitals to provide a confidential space for visiting carers to access support and information.

Our aims are to identify and support all carers of family and friends - many people do not recognise themselves as carers and so miss out on support for themselves. We seek to enhance their health and well-being by offering specialist support according to their needs and wishes. It is also important to us that carers voices are heard and respected in the development and delivery of all services.


Our Activities

  • Identify and respond to the needs of unpaid family carers of any age, caring circumstance and community in Bedfordshire
  • Disseminate information in person, by telephone, online and in printed form
  • Coordinate carer peer groups and clubs for young carers
  • Deliver services where carers can receive support with for the person they care for
  • Deliver advice, advocacy and individual support for carers of all ages
  • Deliver training to carers on subjects related to their caring role and also to develop new skills as a break from caring
  • Undertake outreach to help identify carers including training professional staff in carers issues, and working with GP surgeries, voluntary and statutory organisations and schools, including delivering assemblies
  • Deliver support at locations accessible to carers.
  • Monitor the satisfaction levels of carers we support and the impact our support is making on their caring role and wellbeing. This is done through questionnaires, interviews and a survey conducted no less frequently than every other year
  • Support carers to have a voice in all relevant services
  • Generate income to develop and grow our support for carers
  • Recruit and train volunteers to support and contribute to a range of our services

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