Charter launched to help carers across Bedfordshire

Launch of carer strategy in Bedfordshire. Picture: Ken Lynch LRPS

Launch of carer strategy in Bedfordshire. Picture: Ken Lynch LRPS

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A charter for the county’s carers has been produced by Bedfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Service.

It has worked in partnership with the charity Carers in Bedfordshire to produce a Commitment to Carers Plan, which includes a set of standards that all staff will meet when working with carers and a list of commitments, including ensuring carers are involved in the design and development of services.

The draft plan involved direct input from carers of all ages and was launched at The Rufus Centre in Flitwick on Wednesday, June 8, pictured, to coincide with national Carers Week.

John Wilkins, managing director of Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, said: “This Commitment to Carers Plan will shape carers’ mental health plans and has been written with help from the most important people in the process – carers themselves.”

Helen Satterthwaite, chief executive officer for Carers in Bedfordshire, said: “The aim of this very welcome commitment is to acknowledge carers as experts in

their own right and to give them a voice in how their loved ones are supported.”

Bedfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Services provides mental health services within Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire.

It is part of East London NHS Foundation Trust and the Bedfordshire plan – which will be finalised and published later in the summer - will also help shape the trust-wide carers’ strategy which is being renewed this year.

Carers in Bedfordshire is a not-for- profit registered charity providing support for unpaid carers of family members and friends throughout Bedfordshire. It was set up in 2004 and has 7,500 carers registered with the organisation.