Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) is running a three month pilot project

CBC has teamed up with digital provider Mobilise to pilot a new service to connect unpaid carers.

The three-month pilot project started in November and will use social media and digital marketing to help to find and identify unpaid carers, connecting them immediately with others in a similar position, and providing relevant, timely support. The service is free.

Mobilise will work in partnership with the existing carers support services provided by Carers in Bedfordshire and Central Bedfordshire Council, offering a range of online support, from regular contact through emails, guide to caring e-course to ‘virtual cuppas’ and even individual support calls – seven days a week.

Around 30,000 people in Central Bedfordshire – that’s around 10 per cent of the local population – are thought to be unpaid carers.

The Mobilise service is free for residents of Central Bedfordshire and can be accessed on the Mobilise website.