Carers Central provides support for unpaid carers in Luton
Carers Central is a hub that enables adult carers to have the information, advice and support they need to have a life of their own, alongside their caring roles.
Carers Central is a free service provided by The Disability Resource Centre funded by Luton Council.
We are open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10am to 4pm, and on Tuesdays from 10am to 7pm.
Monday 9th May 2022 marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week so this is the perfect time to look to achieve better mental health. This year, the theme is ‘loneliness’ and how we can all help to tackle loneliness. Local mental health charity Mind BLMK is holding an free to attend open day in Luton on Thursday 12th May 2022.
There are lots of ways to help improve your overall wellbeing as a carer. Here we have compiled some local organisations and support groups that can help with your wellbeing, as well as some nationally available services, phone apps and useful websites. Total Wellbeing Luton Total Wellbeing in Luton “is a service that supports people
We are working closely with Luton Council and BLMK CCG who have provided these vaccination booster FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).
We are at locations in your area every week
Free learning fair and event to support adult social care in Luton: Thursday 19th May 2022 from 10am – 3pm at The Salvation Army, Luton Corp, Vicarage Street, Luton, LU1 3HZ.
For help and support with anything to do with caring come to chat with Sally be at Stopsley Library every third Wednesday of the month between 9.30am to 12 noon.
Levi and Sally will be available to offer support and advice to unpaid carers in Luton. Come for a coffee and catch up, no appointment is necessary.
Sally will be available to offer support and advice to unpaid carers in Luton, every third Wednesday of the month between 9.30am to 12 noon at Leagrave library.
We are busy helping unpaid carers in Luton, every week
Read this small selection of the ways we’ve recently been helping carers in Luton:
We helped a carer get a wheelchair for her dad
We supported a carer to have more control over their caring role and improved communication with mental health services
We helped a carer get a repeat prescription for their cared-for person and to access a local counselling service
We supported a carer to join Yoga classes and they now also attend our weekly carers coffee morning with other local carers
We helped a carer fill in the forms to claim Attendance Allowance and Carers Allowance
We helped a carer set-up a Needs Assessment and Carers Assessment with Luton Council. This was conducted over the phone and they received the specific equipment needed for their cared-for person
We referred a carer to Total Wellbeing Luton for talking therapy. The carer was supported to start online exercise classes. We have started to call this carer every month to check how they are doing, as part of our welfare phone calls to local carers that need regular support
We helped a carer to apply for Attendance Allowance and a Blue Badge. We also supported them with a referral to Luton Council Adult Social Services to conduct a Needs Assessment
We supported a carer to create a wellbeing action plan and have now started weekly welfare calls to the carer, to check their progress and help with any issues
We referred a carer to Age Concern to organise help with house cleaning and to Morrison’s for their Doorstep Delivery service. We also supported the carer to talk to their GP about mental health issues and helped them organise a key safe to be installed and a weekly sitting service to be set-up
We helped a carer to request a risk assessment for their cared-for person and talking therapy support. We then helped them obtain a Carer’s Assessment to look at their own wellbeing needs
Free handbook and newsletters for unpaid carers in Luton
We launched the Luton Carers’ Handbook last year and it’s been now downloaded by many carers across Luton. The handbook is full of important information and useful tips including: Carer’s assessments & breaks for carers, Carer’s benefits and money, Employment support, End of life care, Information on medications and health conditions, Useful local and national contacts plus a handy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers section…
Services for unpaid carers at The Disability Resource Centre
Direct Payments support
A Direct Payment is a way that people can access funds (e.g. from their council) to arrange their own care and can continue to live as independently as possible.
The experienced team at The Disability Resource Centre helps hundreds of local people to hire their own personal care assistants. The team will handle all the paperwork that goes with Direct Payments and employing a carer too.
Mobility equipment advice
You can hire a wheelchair, get help choosing mobility equipment like scooters, walkers and rollators. Specialist advice on seating and beds is available along with many practical daily living aids and lower priced second-hand equipment.
Disability advice service
The disability advice service is confidential, independent and free.
You'll get lots of help with benefits form-filling like Carer's Allowance and PIP, plus plenty of support with accessing many of the free local and national services for unpaid carers.
Carers Central is a free service provided by The Disability Resource Centre funded by Luton Council in partnership with NHS Luton Clinical Commissioning Group.