Carers in Bedfordshire
Since it was founded in 2004, Carers in Bedfordshire has grown from a volunteer led group operating from the founder’s back bedroom to an organisation supporting over 2,000 carers with the help of more than 30 staff.
The organisation supports carers by offering advice, support, training and breaks regardless of age or caring circumstances. Carers often feel isolated and the services provided by the group, such as Carer’s Cafes, help people to make friends and access a range of health services. Experienced staff also offer specialist practical and emotional support to parents looking after a disabled child and young adults who may be caring for a parent themselves.
One of the parent carers says that without the help of Carers in Bedfordshire. “I don’t know how I would have managed emotionally or financially. Your understanding has supported my husband and me in understanding our son’s autistic behaviour. The training you have funded has helped us learn coping strategies to deal with his unpredictable behaviour and your Sibling Project has also supported our other child who often misses out on attention.”
The Harpur Trust originally helped the group establish itself with a grant for set up costs but since then has made a number of awards which has helped the group expand and develop both their capacity and funding streams. This included a place on our Cranfield Trust leadership programme; the advice they had from a team of volunteer business mentors helped them secure a tender to provide carers’ services throughout Bedfordshire.