Approximately 9% of the population of Luton have caring responsibilities – that is over 18,000 people of all ages caring for others of all ages.
Luton Council and Luton Clinical Commissioning Group recognise the crucial role that carers play in the lives of those they care for. Luton Council worked with carers, voluntary and statutory sector partners to refresh the strategic plan for carers in the town.
As a result, we have launched a new support service for unpaid Adult Carers in Luton, starting in April 2019
CarersCentral is a hub that will enable adult carers to have the information, advice and support they need to have a life of their own, alongside their caring roles.
CarersCentral is a network of partners and peers led by the Disability Resource Centre whose aim it is to empower carers to:
- care effectively and safely
- look after their own health and well-being
- fulfil their education and employment potential
- have a life of their own alongside caring responsibilities
- achieve the outcomes that matter to them as an individual
Trained advisors are at the end of a phone on 0300 303 0201 and will provide carers with accurate, up-to-date information in a range of formats, and can suggest lots of other sources of support.
Levi and Lorraine Carers Central’s two support workers will be out and about in Luton meeting with carers face to face in an individual or group setting. They will help Carers to find the help they need, near to them. This can be anything from arranging an assessment with the local authority to respite care or courses for emotional resilience, workshops, or wellbeing groups.
We aim to make a real difference to Carers, including those who may be:
• New Carers
• Carers in distress
• Carers who cease Care responsibility
• Carers with changing circumstances
• Carers who need advocacy
• The families of Carers
CarersCentral is a service completely dedicated to unpaid Carers living or caring for someone in Luton.
We make full use of existing local services to develop an integrated, holistic support system to Carers, and will add additional partners to our network including Luton GP practices. We will also be working in close conjunction with the Carers Partnership Board in Luton.
Please call us on 0300 303 0201.
We are a member of the Luton Carers Network – find out about them and our other partners.
Funding by Luton Council enables us to provide information and practical support to a great number of Carers in Luton.