Fun United Bedford

What our service does

We provide youth clubs for young people with additional needs on a Saturday morning for them to come along and meet friends in a safe and fun environment. This gives parents an opportunity for some respite, knowing their young person is being supported and well cared for and having fun with their peers. We encourage young people to learn new skills and have new experiences which in turn builds their confidence, self esteem and promotes participation and independence. We ask the young people for their ideas and input for our sessions and activities to ensure we are meeting their needs and expectations.

We have two groups: kids group for ages 11-12 and youth group for ages 13-17 years (we can continue to support young people at the youth group when they reach 17)

Activities that we offer are varied and include centre based activities such as arts and crafts, cooking, games, street dancing, soft play and we also have a tv/dvd/wii and games. We also run trips to the local cinema, the pottery kiln, local museums and events taking place in Bedford. Subject to funding we have recently been able to run trips to the Pantomime in Milton Keynes, Woburn Abbey, Cadburys World and Gullivers World, places that the young people may not have been previously able to access.

Location of our service

Fun United Kidz group runs every Saturday from 9:30-1:15pm at Kempston Youth Centre, Hillgrounds Road, Bedford MK42 8QP, for ages 11-12 years and includes all age ranges every week.

Our Bedford Fun United youth group meets bi weekly on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at Kempston Youth Centre, Hillgrounds Road, Bedford MK42 8QP.

Who our service provides for

Our clubs are for young people with an additional need from age 8-17 years, some young people have Autistic Spectrum Disorders, mild to moderate learning disabilities, sensory, physical, behavioural and other additional needs. Papworth Trust is a Pan Disability Charity (Registered Charity Number 211234)

We are funded by Bedford Borough Council for 14 young people to attend each group within the age ranges of 8-17 years . If we received any enquiry for a young person outside of these age ranges we would need to consider this on an individual basis. Our staff are not trained to provide any tube feeding but can provide personal care if required although we do not have any hoists or changing beds available. If we received any enquiry and were not able to support that young person in our groups we would look to signpost to another more appropriate service in Bedford.

How to start using our service

Please email

Accessibility of our service

Both buildings that we hire for our youth clubs are accessible via public transport and both have free parking facilities. The buildings are fully wheelchair accessible with Kempston Youth Club having a stair lift to access the lower hall. We are the only people in the buildings whilst the club sessions are running.

There are disabled toilet facilities. Any personal care or changing would be carried out by 2 members of staff in the disabled toilet, we do not have changing beds or hoists.

Staff at the groups assist the young people with activities so that they are fully inclusive for all of the young people attending the sessions and the young people help each other. The staff ratio is 1:4 at the club venues and 1:3 on any trips, although if a young person needs 1:1 support this is provided by additional staffing. We have a separate quiet room at both venues for young people to use and at the Kidz group this has soft play and sensory equipment.

If any sessions are to be held outside of the normal venues the club lead will advise parents/carers in advance via phone/email so that they can make arrangement for transport and to prepare their young person for any changes that may occur to reduce any anxiety. If a young person requires an adult to accompany them on any trips we can fund one parent/carer. All of our trips are risk assessed, parents are consulted and complete a parent risk assessment form prior to the trips taking place.

On any trips away from the centre we ensure there is a higher staff ratio and if needed will ask a parent to attend to support their young person.

Qualifications and training of our staff

All of the youth club staff will undertake Child Safeguarding training which is updated every 3 years. They also undertake First Aid training and have completed online Food Hygiene Certificates. The 2 club leads have completed Makaton training. Some staff have training from previous roles and one staff member is support for a young person with Epilepsy as she has had training in administering emergency medication, and is supported by another staff member. All training records as kept at our head office and copies of any training certificates are given to staff.

We offer Equality & Diversity, Disability awareness and Health & Safety training to all staff and all clubs have a folder which includes upto date Policies and Procedures which are all available on our internal website.

Contact for more information

Kirstin Dear
First Floor, St Johns Terrace, 17 Kingsway, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 9BJ
01582 726026
Opening Hours:
Saturday mornings 9:30am-1:15pm

Record Last Reviewed On: 26/01/2017