Being a carer can be demanding, and relentless at times and it is important to get as much support as you can. Peer support is when people use their own experiences to help each other. We can help you find your peers.
What can peer support do for me?
There are different types of peer support, but they all aim to:
- bring together people with shared experiences to support each other
- provide a space where you feel accepted and understood
- treat everyone’s experiences as being equally important
- involve both giving and receiving support.
How can I find my peers?
One of the best ways to access peer support is finding a group in your local area that meets your needs. We have many groups each week that you can access. They are run by our experienced support workers or volunteers and are always welcoming to new faces. Find our groups on our What’s on page.
Our groups and workshops offer you the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation, learn more about the condition you are caring for and of course, catch your breath. You can find details of all our events below. Some talks are available for you to watch at any time.
What’s On Near Me?
I’ve never been to a support group, will I fit in?
Carer support groups are friendly, and informal. The groups may involve a guest speaker, or it may be a space where you can talk to others about your caring role and give each other support. Or simply just listen and be around others.
The support groups run all over Bedfordshire, and are now also on Zoom. Caring for someone else can be quite isolating, so having contact with other carers can fight off that horrible feeling of isolation. You can come regularly or just pop in now and again, and stay for a short time.
During the group, you can:
- Share with others what it feels like to look after someone.
- Have your own needs recognised and understood – it’s time for YOU.
- Get information and learn more about support and local services.
- Share ideas on looking after yourself and managing your caring role.
- And what’s said in the group, remains in the group – it’s confidential.
Support groups usually take place at places like community centres or cafes. There’s always tea/coffee on offer and our staff there to support you. We know it can be daunting to come along for the first time by yourself – but you can be sure of a warm welcome.
You need to be registered with us as a carer before you can attend a support group – registering is quick and easy. Just click on the Register button below.
Register with Us
Where can I learn new skills?
There’s so much information and guidance out there that it can be confusing knowing where to start. Our workshop programme focuses on subjects that carers tell us they need. They are delivered in ways that recognise that you don’t always have a lot of time.
You’ll get the chance to learn alongside other carers or to work through digital resources.
Visit the What’s On page for more details.
Workshops and Groups