Little Sweet Peas - Bedford and District Cerebral Palsy Society

What our service does

LITTLE SWEET PEAS is a new early-intervention special-needs play and support group. This is an open-door group where parents can bring along their disabled child and any siblings under five years old to play and share a lunch or breakfast together. Young people under eight whose health needs are so great they cannot access school are also able to attend.

Parents and carers also get the chance to share ideas and gain support and information from each other and from the support staff.

There are three Little Sweet Peas Groups across Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire and all parents living within the two areas are welcome to access them.


Location of our service

Parents and Carers of disabled children living in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire can access these groups

Groups are;

Little Sweet Peas held at The Child Development Centre, Hill Rise, Kempston from 10 am -1.30 pm

Little Sweetpeas at Sunflower House held at Sunflower House, 6 Woodcote Putnoe, Bedford from 10- 1.30 pm.


Who our service provides for

Priority is given to families whose child has Cerebral Palsy and associated disabilities living in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. Those with siblings under school age are also welcome. Young people with other disabilities are able to attend. Little sweet peas is aimed at children who are of pre-school age. Although children whose medical conditions prevent them from attending school may also come along with their carers until the age of 8.


How to start using our service

Direct contact can be made to BDCPS if you are interested in coming along to a session or just drop in. Staff will be happy to discuss how they can help you/your child.

There is no cost to join BDCPS. All BDCPS needs from you is your name, address, phone and email. If you like the BDCPS face Book page you will be able to see all that is going on as it comes up.

The cost for little Sweet Peas is £3 per adult per session. This includes lunch and refreshments. (introductory session is free)


How decisions are made about who can use our service

Decisions are made by the Childrens Services Manager and Services Director with regard to these sessions. They are based on what you and parent/carers, tell us you need and how you want the groups to develop.

BDCPS are always happy to talk or meet to discuss and help you/your parent carers understand any decisions that are made. They have a complaints procedure, this is both in written and in symbol form. BDCPS would hope that you could talk to them and resolve any issues.


How we communicate with our service users

BDCPS regularly seek the views of the people that use it’s services to find out what they want from them. They do this by asking families what they would like, what would help them, where there are gaps in need and generally listening to their feedback.

BDCPS have some staff with basic signing, are familiar with various communication aids, picture and symbol aids and are always willing to learn any way to communicate with children and parents/carers. 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 parent/carers can learn about BDCPS and see clips of some of the clubs and schemes in action.


Accessibility of our service

The buildings used for The Little Sweetpeas groups are fully accessible with. Parking for each venue is limited.
The Child Development Centre has a number of parent & child and disabled parking spaces.

At Sunflower House there is a small car park and street parking plus a car park to the side of the Queens Drive Shops just down the road.


Qualifications and training of our staff

The core staff at Little Sweet Peas are experienced and trained in a range of areas, play, nursing and social work. All BDCPS staff receive a basic training in matters relating to Cerebral Palsy and associated disabilities. 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 or Jane Howard-White if you would like further information on 01234 351759 or cp.enquiries@bdcps.org.uk


Contact for more information

Name:
Rose McHugh
Role:
Children’s Services Manager
Address:
43 Bromham Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 2AA
Telephone:
01234 351759
Email:
cp.enquiries@bdcps.org.uk
Website:
http://www.bdcps.org.uk
Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm (answerphone when out of office)

Record Last Reviewed On: 18/01/2017