Celebrating Bedfordshire Carers

Published: 11 June 2020

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Celebrating Bedfordshire Carers

Carers Week

As part of Carers Week we want to highlight the support available for carers in Bedfordshire as well as recognise the significant impact carers make to families and communities.


Events and support

This week there are some online events being held by Carers in Bedfordshire to celebrate, these include:

  • Carers in Bedfordshire's Photography in Lockdown on Thursday 11 June, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, to register and take part click here
  • Quiz Night on Friday 12 June, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, to register and join click here

To find out more about these events and other support available for carers in Bedfordshire including young carers aged 4 to 17 years visit: https://www.carersinbeds.org.uk

To find out more about carers week visit https://www.carersweek.org/about-us


Our thanks to carers

Councillor Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Adults, Social Care, Housing Operations (HRA) and Customer Services, said: “We want to highlight how important carers are and the valuable role they play within our communities. Especially during this lockdown where many of our carers have faced increased challenges and taken on more caring responsibilities for relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older.

“Despite all of this our carers continue to do an amazing job. We also want to recognise our younger carers who look after a disabled or sick parent or sibling. Being a carer is not an easy task even for an adult, so the commitment our young carers show is really inspiring to us all.

“We have unfortunately not been able to get out and about to meet carers as we would normally like to, so I especially hope carers are also looking after themselves and keeping safe.”


Who is a carer?

Many people don’t see themselves as a carer but carers are defined as:

“Anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member, who due to illness, disability, mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.”


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