What our service does
BDCPS also offers short residential trips and special days out to sports events, music concerts, theatre shows etc.
These trips and days out are chosen by young people coming along to BDCPS clubs and schemes. They help young people to spend time with friends, to try out new things, build confidence, independence and achieve aspirations. Some of the adventures include other family members too.
Adventures also provide short breaks and respite to families to allow them time away from caring, time for themselves or to spend with other family members.
Plans for adventures come from talking to and working with the young people coming to BDCPS and parent/carers. The young people are encouraged to take part in organising activities that they want to do. They are not regular like clubs as they are fitted around when events are on e.g. Twickenham Rugby, Rhythms of the World Music Festival.
They cover all ages up to 25 years and a wide range of activities and can be anything from a few hours a night away, a long weekend or midweek break. Once an idea for a trip comes in the team work on how this can happen and how to raise some of the funds to do it.
Charges for the adventures are different depending on what it is and how much funding can be raised towards it by the team e.g. a big brother outdoor activity weekend cost families £195 (a fraction of the actual cost) a day out to see a Theatre performance and supper £30.
Safeguarding is taken very seriously. Each young person will have a volunteer or member of staff available if needed and parents are not required to stay/go along unless it is a specific family trip.
All staff and volunteers are trained to meet the basic needs of the young people for example; safeguarding and epilepsy awareness. Paid staff are also trained to provide first aid, personal care, tube feeds and administration of medication and emergency medication and where possible, any other requirement of the young person.
Location of our service
Adventures are on offer to those already attending clubs schemes or are members of BDCPs from Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire with Cerebral Palsy and an associated disability.
Adventures will take place at different venues depending on the events and activities on offer.
Who our service provides for
Priority is given to people with Cerebral Palsy and associated disabilities living in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire their families/carers. Young people with other disabilities are able to attend but will be offered places after allocation to those with Cerebral Palsy and associated disabilities and as long as their needs can be met by the team. A copy of the criteria is available on the website.
If we cannot offer you a place, we will try our best to tell you about other groups that would suit your needs.
How to start using our service
Please contact us at BDCPS if you are interested in using our services. We will be happy to discuss how we can help you. Someone from BDCPS will come out to meet you to find out all about you and how we can help you to achieve what you would like to.
There is no cost to join BDCPS all we need from you is your name, address, phone and email. Young people can propose ideas for trips or activities they would like to do or BDCPS staff may contact you if they feel that an adventure suits you from what you have told them.
You will receive an invoice for any adventures trip that you take up this will secure your place. You can use your personal budget or direct payments to pay for any BDCPS service. This can be arranged through social care if there are any difficulties a member of the team can help.
How decisions are made about who can use our service
Decisions are made by the adventure coordinators and are based on our criteria and safety. They are also determined by what the benefits of the adventure are for young people e.g. life skills such as money skills, budgeting, communication, and independence away from home.
Some decisions will also be based around what BDCPS is allowed to do. E.g. Ofsted regulations, insurance.
Adventures are needs-led and will always have enough staff with the right training to meet everyone’s needs.
BDCPS are always happy to talk or meet to discuss and help people understand any decisions that are made.
We have a complaints procedure, this is both in written and in symbol form. We would hope that people could talk to us and resolve any issues.
How we communicate with our service users
We regularly seek the views of the people that use our services to find out what they want from us. We do this by asking young people and families what they would like to do when they first meet anyone from BDCPS, and whenever they come along to a BDCPS activity. We also do our best to involve them in the planning of any adventure. There are also chances to feedback after adventures.
We have some staff with basic signing, various communication aids, picture and symbol aids and are always willing to learn any way to communicate with people. BDCPS has staff from varying cultural backgrounds and that speak other languages; they can also access interpreters for some languages.
There is a website where people can learn about BDCPS and see clips of the clubs and activities in action and also access feedback.
Accessibility of our service
This depends on the chosen venue; however BDCPS will work with the venues to enable it to be as accessible as possible. BDCPS will take along equipment such as changing bed and hoist, cot sides etc where needed.
Qualifications and training of our staff
All of our staff receive a basic training in matters relating to Cerebral Palsy and associated conditions. This includes manual handling, personal care, disability awareness, communication and safeguarding.
Some staff are also trained to provide first aid, personal care, tube feeds and administration of medication and emergency medication and where possible any other requirement of the young people joining trips.
General Contact Information
Please contact Rose McHugh if you would like further information.
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Record Last Reviewed On: 18/01/2017