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Carers in Bedfordshire



 Affinity Water - Water Resources Update - 2 August 2017  




 Fire Safety at Christmas

  • Check your Christmas tree lights carry the British Safety Standard sign.
  • Never place candles near your Christmas tree or materials that can catch light easily.
  • Test the batteries in your smoke alarm every week. Never remove them.
  • Christmas Decorations can burn easily – so don’t attach them to lights or heaters.
  • Keep candles, lighters and matches out of children's reach. Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Never overload electrical sockets. Always switch Christmas lights off and unplug them before you go to bed.
  • Most fires start in the kitchen. Avoid leaving a cooker unattended.
  • Make sure your family and visitors know how to escape in an emergency.
  • Make sure cigarettes are put out properly.
  • Store fireworks safely. Never go back to a lit firework and keep a bucket of water nearby.
  • Take care around open fireplaces as clothes may catch fire.
  • Never place candles near your Christmas tree or materials that can catch light easily.
  • Take time to check on elderly relatives and neighbours this Christmas as they are at a greater from fire.
  • Tick tock test your smoke alarms when you change your clocks.


A great opportunity to find out about support service near you

The ‘Just Ask’ project is taking to the road again next week – to give you a chance to find out more about social care, health, housing and many additional services like public protection and trading standards.

The next stop will be at:

  • Address: The Market Square Biggleswade SG18 8AQ
  • Time: 9am - 1.30pm,
  • Date: Friday 26 May

Hosted by Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire in partnership with the Council, Bedfordshire CCG and Aragon Housing, the Just Ask team will offer free advice across a wide range of subjects.

Last year more it attracted more than 1600 people who visited to ask questions and learn about what support and services they can access in their area.

More information on the Just Ask events can be obtained by emailing HealthWatch Central Bedfordshire at info@healthwatch-centralbedfordshire.org.uk or by calling 0300 303 8554.


Visually Impaired

It can be difficult watching a relative, friend or loved one live with blindness or visual impairment, especially in their senior years. An estimated 82% of visually impaired individuals are aged 50 or older. If you're welcoming a visually impaired loved one of any age into your home for the short- or long-term, you might be wondering how to make your home safer and more accessible for them. Other than the obvious suggestions to reduce clutter and rearrange furniture, what else can you do? Fortunately, with some patience and creativity, there are lots of small and inexpensive changes you can make to help your loved one feel right at home.

For further information on how to make it safer (and to follow relevant links):

In the Kitchen
In the Bedroom
Throughout the Home

Please click here


CBC Alert - Shelf Help to manage Teen Mental Healthcare NEW

We have received this alert today from Central Bedfordshire Council.

The founder of an NHS-backed mental health initiative has thrown his support behind the launch of the Reading Well for Young People: Shelf Help scheme in libraries across Bedfordshire.

Central Bedfordshire Libraries has teamed up with Ben Salmons and his Break the Stigma campaign to produce a video highlighting the benefits of a series of expert-endorsed books, available to borrow for free, to help teenagers manage their mental health, wellbeing and emotional resilience.

For further information please click on the link below:


Thank you.

Please note all information is in the same order as shown in list below:

  • Visually Impaired - Help in the Home
  • CAP - Buying alcohol at HALLOWEEN for someone under 18?
  • Call for Volunteers .................
  • Have a healthy summer ................
  • Burglary Prevention (Good neighbours make safe neighbourhoods)

CBC Alert - Smoking

We received this alert. Please use this link for for further information: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/health-social-care/health-advice/smoking.aspx



Kick the habit before Christmas - ditch the cigarettes and think of your children.

CAP - Buying alcohol at HALLOWEEN for someone under the age of 18 is illegal. Please see poster below:


Call for Volunteers

Bedfordshire Archives is a joint service provided by Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton Borough Councils. We look after and make available the archives of the county dating from 1166 to the current day. We are looking for help from individuals or groups to add web-pages to our site (6,000+ pages) on aspects of their local history.

For further information please click here: Flyer

Have a healthy Summer

Warm weather, longer days - what's not to love about Summer? How about hay fever, sunburn and insect bites. Here are some top tips to ensure summer health hazards don't run your holidays. For top tips please click on any of the following:

Be save in the sun/If you get sunburnt
Be prepared for a heat wave
Hayfever/Insect bites
Summer first aid kit


Burglary Prevention


Remember - Lock Up, Light Up