CARERS play a vital role in the Bedfordshire community, looking after people of all age groups and needs.

But sometimes carers are the ones in need of care and relaxation and as part of National Carers Week health body Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is highlighting the lifeline carers’ cafes can offer to those who are responsible for some of the most vulnerable people in the region.

Carer’s cafes can be life changing and provide a range of services including training courses in topics such as dementia care, as well as specialist advice from experienced staff and information about carers’ grants and breaks for carers.

Roger Claxton, carers’ café co-ordinator said: “We know that many carers experience stressful lives, which is why it is so important for them to be able to relax in a friendly atmosphere and meet others in a similar situation.

Stress relieving treatments and pampering such as manicures, hairdressing, chiropody and foot care are available at carers’ cafes for those who are currently carers as well as those being cared for.

Mr Claxton added: “Carers can to come to the cafes with the person they care for, with family members or by themselves.

 

“Those who live a distance away from the person they care for, or who are who have lost the person they care for are also made welcome.”

National Carers Week runs until June 15 and for more information about carers events across the UK visit www.carersweek.org/events-near-you

Carers’ cafes are based all over the county in Biggleswade, Eaton Bray, Houghton Regis, Leighton Buzzard and Bedford. Getting to your local carers’ café is made easy as transport is available for £1 and can be arranged in advanced. Under 5’s travel free.

There is a fee of £1 per person (under-fives visit for free) to attend the carer’s café. To find out more or to book transport or a pampering treatment (which cost £2) call 0300 111 1919 or visit http://www.carersinbeds.org.uk/