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“Making Caring Visible”

The theme for this year’s Carers Week is ‘Making Caring Visible’. Hidden, unpaid carers and hidden disabilities are at the heart of this year’s campaign.

Cllr Wendy Rider, portfolio holder for Adult Services at Bedford Borough Council, said:

“There are thousands of carers in Bedford Borough, providing unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older.

“With many people taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends during these particularly difficult times.

“Each and every one of them is doing an incredible job, and we want to make sure they have access to as much advice and support as possible they can at this time.”

Bedford Borough Council has published a range of information about service changes and new developments during the COVID-19 lockdown. There is also a dedicated link where information and advice can be found for people living with dementia and their carers during the pandemic. Carer support includes work to support the cared for person.

Other resources for carers

Carers in Bedfordshire remains open to provide support, advice and information to unpaid carers of all ages. They can be contacted by telephone, video calling or by social media. For more information, to make a referral or find out what activities are running this week, visit Carers in Bedfordshire.

The Carers’ Digital Resource, delivered in partnership with Carers UK, provides a wide range of free tools and resources (registration is required).

Bedford Borough’s commissioned dementia support service, Tibbs Dementia Foundation, has moved to telephone support and video calls. It is producing materials to send via email or by post so that carers and the person with dementia are able to continue activities if they wish to do so.

Its newsletter is currently twice-weekly and there is also information available on its Facebook and YouTube channels.

The Council has also provided a range of Wellbeing and Staying Active at Home information, activities and classes.

These services will support carers who may be experiencing anxiety and increased stress during this time: