Who We Are

CarersCentral is a completely free and dedicated service available to unpaid Carers living or caring for someone in Luton.

Our two Carer Support Officers take our service out to different venues across Luton and provide home visits when necessary.

We give Carers advice, information and help that is derived from our knowledge and experience of working with all the existing local services, Luton GP practices, the Carers Partnership Board in Luton and our additional partners.

Thanks to funding by Luton Council we are able to provide information and practical support to a great number of Carers in Luton.


Take a look at the brand new Carers Central newsletter:

Carers Central is a free service provided by The Disability Resource Centre funded by Luton Council in partnership with NHS Luton Clinical Commissioning Group. The Disability Resource Centre is a registered charity no. 1041712.

Welcome to our new Carers Central newsletter

Carer Support Group Meeting

Our support group meeting is designed just for carers to share experiences and help in many different ways.

Meet-up with Lorraine and Levi, your carer support workers.
We are here for you throughout the year.

Please feel free to invite other carers that you think may be interested.

The next meeting is being held on Monday 3rd June 2019 at Luton Central Library, Upper George St, Luton LU1 2NG.

From 2pm to 4pm.

We meet every month on the 1st Monday at Luton Central Library and then on the 3rd Monday of the month at The Disability Resource Centre, Poynters House, Poynters Road, Dunstable.

Cost: Free

See what our friendly group says about our meetings and the support we provide:
“You have guided and helped me throughout”.
“You are so knowledgeable and know the system so well”.
“You are great and have helped me out so much”.

For Carers Week we would like to invite you to the launch of our new Luton carers service, Carers Central, on 14th June 2019.  

The event will be taking place at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts, 3 Saint Mary’s Road, Luton from 11 am to 2pm.

Thanks to Luton Council in partnership with NHS Luton Clinical Commissioning Group for funding this event.

Learn about all the free services and expert advice available for unpaid carers in Luton.

There will be presentations explaining the services from the Carers Central team, CHUMS, NHS Luton CCG and Total Wellbeing plus stalls and refreshments for all. 

Find out about social prescription from Total Wellbeing, how CHUMS supports young carers and how Carers Central will help carers in Luton.

Get help and support from all these local organisations:

– Luton Asian Carers Service

– Carers In Bedfordshire (Carers Lounge)

– Luton Recovery College

– Community Action Bedfordshire (Voluntaryworks Luton)

– Total Wellbeing

– CHUMS for young carers

– Penrose Synergy

– Centre For Youth and Community Development

– Carers Eating Disorders Association

This event will also be a good opportunity to network and gain a better understanding of services available to people within Luton.

Book your free place at this event

If would like to book a free place for this event please contact us on 0300 303 0201 or email; carerscentral@drcbeds.org.uk
Places can also be booked on eventbrite here.

We are open until 7pm every Tuesday for carers

1-2-1 help with all your questions about care for unpaid carers in Luton.

Call 0300 303 0201 and chat to Lorraine and Levi from our brand new Carers Central team. They are ready to help you with any carer-related matter for carers in Luton.

Meet-up with Lorraine and Levi at venues near you 

Your Carer Support Workers will be holding a carers drop-in session every 2nd Tuesday of the month at Luton Central Library from 10am to 12pm in the Well and Wise Room (situated on the ground floor).

In June we will have a stall at Luton Arndale Centre on Thursday 6th June from 10am – 3pm.

Come along and we’ll help you have an understating of the benefits and services you may be entitled to.

•             Carers’ Assessments

•             Carers’ breaks

•             Place to come and talk confidentially

•             Benefits issues like carers allowance, PIP or DLVA

•             Money management

•             Support into employment

•             Applying for blue badges

•             Benefits appeals

A brand new Facebook group for carers in Luton 

We have just started a Facebook group for carers in Luton. It’s very early days so we welcome new members and we hope to share lots of useful info, tips, news and more. When you join the group you be able to ask questions to get some help from other local carers. 

Useful links

‘Looking after someone’ guide

Download the excellent Carers UK ‘Looking after someone’ guide.

This thoughtful guide book is free to download and provides lots of relevant and supportive information and guidance to carers.

Emergency numbers

We have compiled this handy list of emergency number on our Carers Central website

Carers Week

10th – 16th June 2019

Take a look at all the latest news and events for Carers Week 2019. And please come along to our very own launch event for Carers Central which is being held on Friday 14th June.

Read all the latest news, free services and more from our charity…

New – Free wellbeing workshops 

Learn techniques and skills that will help you to feel healthy, happy and able to cope.

For Bedford and Central Bedfordshire residents… 

Thanks to funding from Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council we are able to provide a wide ranging support package including a series of wellbeing workshops.

Our Community Wellbeing and Creative Wellbeing Projects are full of practical support and include workshops for:

– Mindfulness

– Relaxation

– Stress management

– Meditation

– Empowerment

– Mindful art including Zentangle relaxing art, Aboriginal art and stone painting

Read the full details on our website.

The wellbeing workshops are being held at three locations: Dunstable, Bedford and in Leighton Buzzard.

Please contact us by email or call 01582 470900 for more information or visit our website.

New – Free life skills courses

Training to help you move forward if you are looking for work or want to learn new skills.

Our Courses For Life are short courses that will help you to build your confidence, learn computer skills and to relax and feel calm. 

We also offer an employment support course to develop the skills that will help you back into work.

These courses are starting soon. Secure your place today.

Take a look on our website or please call us on 01582 470900 or email us to find out more.

Fitness suite session times

Check the days and times for all the sessions in our fitness suite, which is especially designed for disabled people.

Disability advice

Our disability advice service is confidential, independent and free.

This service provides up-to-date information and advice to people of any age and with any disability, older people, their families, carers, friends and associated professionals.

The advice service is open to everyone, there is no formal referral process and it is free.

Please do ask us a lot of questions. We are all trained and ready to answer.

We can help you with benefits, carers, employment, sport, support groups, training and more.

Please email us to ask us a question, book a one-to-one appointment or call us on 01582 470900.

Part funded by the European Social Fund.

Thanks to our funders and partners, these new workshops are free for unemployed people with long term health conditions in Bedfordshire.

Please email us or call us for a chat about the best free workshops for you.

There’s always something new at our disability equipment shop here in Dunstable

New disability equipment

Take a look at our demonstration kitchen plus a brand new shower/wet room, both with lots of thoughtful features. Please feel free to book an appointment with our highly trained team, at a time to suit you.

We have plenty of new items on display and for sale including a starlift, mobility scooters, manual wheelchairs, kitchen utensils, continence supplies, rollators, riser-recliner seating and more.

A trillion smiles for Amazon

We’ve joined the Amazon Smile program so when you shop at Amazon they’ll automatically donate vital funds for our charity.

If you are already an Amazon customer then please see our website to find out how the scheme will work, it’s as simple as a couple of clicks​.

Regular Events at The Disability Resource Centre

Benefits form-filling workshops on Mondays

The benefits form-filling workshops are designed to help you negotiate your way through the rather in-depth and sometimes confusing benefits claim forms.

Expert help with seating on Thursdays

Every Thursday we offer expert help with choosing the best chair. Our seating specialist is here to advise on getting the correct chair size, support to help maintain the correct posture and pressure care to prevent skin or muscle irritation.

PA drop-in sessions on Friday mornings

Find out what it is like to work as a Personal Assistant in carewith a disabled person at our drop-in sessions every Friday.

Over 60’s coffee morning every Thursday

Come along to our weekly free social event for older people.
The popular social, informative and interactive regular event includes taster exercise sessions, an art & craft club, free
refreshments, regular free advice sessions and guest speakers.

New – Drop-in employment support sessions

Every Friday from 2pm to 4pm

At our free employment support drop-in our work coaches, Sharon and Shyrus will be available to help you 1-2-1 with looking for work.

Support Groups

Carers Support group

We hold meet-ups twice every month for carers in the Luton area. Join Lorraine and Levi for informative question and answer sessions.

Check our events calendar for full details.

Physical Health and Emotional Wellbeing (PHEW) Support Group

Get support from people with real life experience of managing their own health, and/or caring for our loved ones who have health conditions.

Addictive Behaviour Support Group

There is help for you every Monday here at The Disability Resource Centre from 4pm to 5pm, supporting people to tackle their addictive behaviours. Our group leader, John, started this new support group, volunteering his time as part of the SMART recovery programme. 

Carers Eating Disorder Association (CEDA)

If you care for someone with an eating disorder, this support group could help you. The support group holds a monthly meet-up to share experiences, offer help and provide lots of sympathetic support. Please see the CEDA support group on Facebook.

Fibromyalgia Support Group

Come along to the Fibromyalgia support group meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. Check the support group’s popular Facebook page for updates and useful information.

Mindful Art Support Group

Join us on Mondays every week to enjoy a couple of hours of mindful art. You can learn new techniques, share your own skills and find a new way to relax.

Donate

Please consider donating to our charity. The Disability Resource Centre is a charity and needs your support so we can continue our vital services.

Carers Central is a free service provided by The Disability Resource Centre funded by Luton Council in partnership with NHS Luton Clinical Commissioning Group. The Disability Resource Centre is a registered charity no. 1041712.

The Disability Resource Centre

Poynters House, Poynters Road, Dunstable LU5 4TP

Phone: 01582 470900

Email: information@drcbeds.org.uk

Website: www.drcbeds.org.uk

Charity Number 1041712