Unpaid carers in Central Bedfordshire can use the card to prove they are a carer – at school, the shops, the hospital, at work or at leisure and sports venues. It saves carers from having to dig out other paperwork or answer many questions.
Some carers say having it in their wallet gives them a sense of security – especially if the person they care for has a hidden disability.
Some shops, leisure and sports venues and other businesses will happily offer a discount if carers ask and present the card. They recognise carers deserve this because of the vital role they play in society. You can ask: “Do you give a discount for carers? This card proves I am a carer.” You may even get a discount when shopping online if you enquire first.