Access Bedford

What our service does

Access Bedford aim is work with the D/deaf and hard of hearing community to make Bedford Borough more accessible. Access Bedford is set up to

• Empower the D/deaf community
• Support the D/deaf community to know what is going on
• Involve the D/deaf community in Bedford
• Meet with decision makers so they know about the barriers
• Improve services for and with the D/deaf community
• Create opportunities for and with the D/deaf community

Access Bedford Priorities
1. Sharing information with the D/deaf Community
2. Running events with the D/deaf Community
3. Improving services with and for the D/deaf Community

Typical Activities we offer
• Monthly newsletter
• Regular social activities (all ages)
• Support to access Kempston Youth Centre’s open access youth club (13-19s)
• Conferences and information event (Education Conference 2015, Emergency Services Day 2015, Deaf Information Day 2014)
• Fact sheets and service information.

Location of our service

Bedford Borough – activities and events take place in Bedford or Kempston.

Who our service provides for

Youth Club is 13 – 25
Events, conferences and socials is for any age (with parental attendance if under 16).

Signposting provided.

Access Bedford is for the Bedford Borough D/deaf community.

How to start using our service

Check our facebook or twitter @accessbedford or web to find out our latest activity schedule or contact us via text / email.

How decisions are made about who can use our service

Open access to the Bedford Borough D/deaf community.

How we communicate with our service users

Regular consultation with members on service development and delivery.

BSL interpreters are provided for all events and conferences.

Texts, emails, newsletters, website, facebook, twitter all used to share news, opportunities and events.

Accessibility of our service

We do not have our own building so access varies at each place. We are mindful of all access needs and try where possible to ensure there is parking / drop off areas, step free access, disability toilets etc.

Qualifications and training of our staff

CSE training – Summer 2015
Safeguarding training – Autumn 2014
2 committee members are first aid trained
Disability Awareness trained in previous roles

Contact for more information

Alison Crook
07548 940269
Opening Hours:

Record Last Reviewed On: 09/12/2015