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Carers

Are you a Carer? Would you like some extra support and advice?

If so, Carers in Bedfordshire are a local charity who help family carers and former carers cope with the emotional and physical stress arising from their caring.

If you are a new carer, or have been a carer for some time and would like support, please call into the Carers Lounge at Bedford Hospital. At the Carers Lounge, you will be able to meet carer support workers, and on different days you will also be able to meet staff that specialise in areas of supporting carers. Furthermore, they also work with other organisations such as Age UK and Keech Hospice, where they run regular sessions in the lounges for further information and support. They are open Monday to Friday, between 11am and 6pm and can provide information on:

  • Information on services available for you and the person you care for
  • Welfare and benefits advice
  • Support with hospital admission and discharge
  • Access to Carer’s in Bedfordshire’s range of services, including training and the opportunity to apply for a carers grant.

To view the leaflet about the Carers Lounge at Bedford Hospital, please click here.

If you feel you need support from like-minded people in your situation, Carers in Bedfordshire also offer a service called the Carer’s Café. The Carer’s Café offers a sociable environment where carers can relax in a friendly atmosphere and meet others in a similar situation, with experienced staff on hand to offer support, further information and advice.

The nearest Carer’s Café to the surgery is that of the Goldington Centre in Bedford, with the group meeting on the 4th Saturday of the month, between 1pm until 5pm. It costs just £1 to attend the Carers Café, with under 5’s being free. For those who would struggle with getting to the Goldington Centre, transport is also available for just £1, with this being arranged in advance.

For further information on Carers in Bedfordshire, or for further information on the services that they offer, please see their website on: www.carersinbeds.org.uk.