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Carers in Bedfordshire have a variety of services for Parent Carers (carers of under 18s) including; groups, 1-1 support, training and advice.

We provide support for all unpaid carers, you do not need to have a formal diagnosis or receive disability benefits to access our support services.

Coronavirus Updates for Parent Carers. To read more

Who is a Parent Carer?

A parent carer is a parent (or adult with parental responsibility - ie Grandparent, Foster parent/Guardian etc), who cares for a child or young person aged 18 or under with any additional need. Often the needs of young person are life-long and the challenges being faced develop as the child/young person grows. Parent carers are life long advocates for their children. 

Being a parent carer can mean juggling various aspects of your and your child's lives at the same time, including but not limited to:

  • schooling/education
  • health
  • housing
  • social care including respite
  • siblings 
  • employment/benefits
  • family relationships and dynamics

Our Parent Carer Support Team, (Jon Clingan (Bedford), Maria Panteli (Leighton Buzzard) and Sara Albon (Biggleswade)) are experienced support workers. They understand the difficulties families face when raising a child with additional needs. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. They run regular training sessions on a variety of topics relevant to caring for a child/young person with additional needs.

Young Carers

As a Parent carer, you may have other children in your household who help to care:

Other children living at home may need support in recognising themselves as having caring responsibilities and the impact this has on their own childhoods. The Young Carers team may be able to help.

Transitions

The move from child to adult services is frequently stressful for parent carers and often means you might be in need of some guidance. We can provide someone to talk to, an explanation of the processes involved and also request meetings to address concerns.

Resources

Coronavirus Updates for Parent Carers. To read more

Click here, for a list of local and national organisations providing support for parent carers.

See our Parent Carer Facebook page for group reminders and for the latest information.

Parent Carer Podcast

Bedford Radio interviewed Misbah who is a parent carer for her son, aged 11, who has autism and dyspraxia. They discuss the day-to-day life of caring for a child with additional needs and the pressue that it can put on the family.  Listen Here

Download our Parents Together information leaflet here.

​Groups

We host a range of groups specifically tailored for Parent Carers with an experienced support worker running the sessions to provide information, guidance and one-to-one support. You can share information and experiences with other parent carers as well as come along to useful events and training opportunities. 

Please visit our What's On page for workshops, events and groups that are still on offer during the coronavirus pandemic What's On 

Please note that some of the following groups are restricted to specific parent carers

Parents Together - Bedford

For parent carers or those who support a child under 18 with additional needs. A chance to meet others, get information and advice. Speakers often come along to this group.

2nd Friday of the month from 9:30am - 11:30am  at Community Centre, 147 Church Lane, Bedford, MK41 0PW.  Please note that dates and times may change in the school holidays.

2020 Dates: 13 March, April - no group, 1 May, 12 June, 10 July

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919.

Parents Together – Biggleswade

For parent carers or those who support a child under 18 with additional needs. A chance to meet others, get information and advice. Speakers often come along to this group.

2nd Thursday of the month from 10am-12pm at The Hub, Ivel Valley School, Biggleswade, SG18 0PT. Please note that dates and times may change in the school holidays.

2020 Dates: 12 March, April - no group, 14 May, 11 Jun, 9 July

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07772 231142.

Parents Together - Leighton Buzzard

For parent carers or those who support a child under 18 with additional needs. A chance to meet others, get information and advice. Speakers often come along to this group.

3rd Thursday of the month from 10am-12pm at The Dukes, 7-9 Leighton Road, Heath & Reach, LU7 0AA. Please note that dates and times may change in the school holidays.

2020 Dates: 19 March, April - no group, 21 May, 18 June, 16 July

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07772 231142.

 Dads Group

Chat and relax with a cuppa, meet other dads and receive advice, guidance and support in an informal setting. Open to dads, stepdads, grandads, foster dads, male partners etc.

3rd Monday of the month at 7pm to 9pm at Carers in Bedfordshire, Sandland Court, Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford, MK41 7PZ. £2 entrance fee.

2020 Dates: 16 March, 20 April, 18 May, 15 June, 20 July

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07772 231142.

St John’s Parent Carer Surgery

For parents who have children attending St John’s School.

1.30pm – 3pm.

Book an appointment through the school.

2020 Dates: 3 March, 31 March, 5 May, 2 June, 7 July

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919.

Cauldwell Primary Parent Carer Drop-in

Parent Carers are welcome to drop in to this group and access support. A variety of speakers attend this group to provide information and advice. Your child does not have to attend Cauldwell Primary.

Parent Carer Support Worker, Jon, is available.

9am - 11am at Cauldwell Primary, Edward Road, Bedford, MK42 9DR. Held in the family centre (back of car park) 

2020 Dates: 2 March; 27 April; 18 May; 22 June; 13 July.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919.

Grange Academy Coffee Afternoon 

A coffee afternoon, run by parents of the Grange Academy.  For Parent Carers who have a child at the Grange Academy.

2nd Tuesday of the month, 10am – 11.30am

2020 Dates: 12 May, 9 June

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919.

Parent Carer Forum

Monthly group with speakers and support.

Parent Carers living in Bedford Borough

At the Child Development Centre, Hill Rise, Kempston
10am - 12pm

2020 Dates: 
2 March: Behaviour workshop
18 March: 6.30pm - 8pm, Kempston Council Chambers Coffee Evening
4 May: Understanding SEN Support
13 May: Queen's Park Neighbour Centre
1 June: Coffee Morning CDC
17 June: 6.30pm - 8pm, Kempston Council Chambers Coffee Evening

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919.

Parent Drop-in at Peter Pan Children's Centre

Take time to chat with other parents/carers of children with special educational needs. Meet Jon from Carers in Bedfordshire who can offer advise and support.

At the Peter Pan Children's Centre, Edward Road, MK42 9DR
Mondays, 9am - 11am 

2020 Dates: 2 March; 27 April; 18 May; 22 June; 13 July.

 Other Groups

We also have a range of groups open to all unpaid carers across Bedfordshire. Please see here to find a group that suits you. We also have a training programme to support you in your caring role or to improve your wellbeing as a carer.

 

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