Central Bedfordshire Council
Carers have a legal right to request an assessment of their needs as a carer. This may lead to a service to support the carer in their caring role or help them to enjoy a life outside of their caring role. Central Bedfordshire Council fund voluntary and community organisations supporting carers and also run support groups for people caring for someone with a Learning Disability.
For more information:-
Telephone: 0300 300 8036 (Carers Helpline)
Website: www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk (Here you will find a range of useful factsheets)
Address: Central Bedfordshire Council, Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford, Bedfordshire SG17 5TQ.
Carers in Bedfordshire provide emotional and practical one to one and group support including training and social opportunities for all carers including young adult carers, parent carers, sibling carers and former carers. We also liaise with statutory services to ensure carers concerns are taken into consideration.
Carers with a health issue themselves can apply for up to £200 to access a break from their caring role. A break in this instance constitutes a break from the carer’s point of view but cannot be anything that social services would normally fund. Successful applications from previous rounds include holistic therapies, photography courses, a weekend break and a dementia awareness training course.
Applications are considered by a scrutiny panel and decisions are made on a monthly basis. For further information contact Carers in Bedfordshire on 01767 315079. Alternatively you can visit their website at www.carersinbeds.co.uk.
The Carers Cafe is for carers, their cared for and immediate family members of any age. They are run by carer support workers from Carers in Bedfordshire who are able to offer information, support and advice to carers. Additional services are also available for carers and their cared for; these include chiropody, massage and hairdressing.
For more information contact Carers in Bedfordshire on 01234 214914.
Download the NHS Bedfordshire Carers Pack.