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A4SOutdoors

Our purpose is

'to help transform and improve the lives of young people who are struggling, or have struggled in life so far, whether it be academically, socially or economically. We aim to promote a sense of well being and purpose, so they feel they are better equipped to progress, move on and start to lead a fulfilling life.'

In school holiday time we run more 'fun'skills and techniques based activity sessions. Most of these are open to all young people. However, in the past we have also worked with Beds Cerebral Palsy Society, Taylor House, YMCA etc. (With activities ranging from purely fun / interest sessions to courses with small qualifications.)

The activities we run include Angling (Fishing! and bait / tackle making); Photography; Estate Maintenance / Construction sessions (Building and installing platforms and gates, creating and maintaining paths and steps, cutting back, clearing and strimming trees, bushes and vegetation etc); Forestry / Survival skills; Indoor / Outdoor cooking; Mountain Bike riding and maintenance; other sports related activities; Arts and Crafts; Pond dipping; Bird / Animal watching and related walks; Gardening on our allotment, Work experience opportunities; taking young people to Zoo's and Safari Parks; as well as working on CV's, writing application letters for jobs and college courses, interview techniques, researching job and college courses.

(We have 6 vehicles including one minibus, which enables some transport capability for wheelchair users.)

We have been able to help a lot of young people whilst we have been operating and in this academic year the vast majority of our young people have come away with at least one or more qualifications.

01234 272101

ACE Unlimited - Bedford and District Cerebral Palsy Society

ACE Unlimited is a monthly youth club for disabled young people aged 18-25 to come and meet friends in a safe and fun packed environment.

ACE has exciting activities that help young people learn new life skills and have new experiences to help build self-confidence and prepare for adulthood and independence. Every young person is encouraged to think about and work towards achieving their aspirations.

Activities include, sport, music, cooking, art and all activities are chosen by the young people attending. There is also access to the youth centres usual youth group amenities e.g. pool table, television, kitchen.

The young people are encouraged to take part in organising activities that they want to do in addition to the monthly clubs. These could be trips to the theatre, days out, music concerts, sports events etc.

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. 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 wherever possible any other requirement of the young person.

01234 351759

Agate House Leonard Cheshire

We are registered to care for persons between 18-65 yrs old. We provide care, support and nursing support to a range of people with physical disabilities. We use a social model and look at a person holistically, with a view to personalising their care and support. We cater for mild learning disabilities only, but can give support to large care needs. We have dedicated activity staff who offer a range of activities and 1-1 support throughout the day; we have volunteers and a buddy system. We also have keyworkers who help support the service users. Our activities run 6 days a week and we offer holidays supported by our own staff and group holidays, trips out to the theatre, rugby, football, local events. Our service users also access day centres and college. We have wifi and iPads and apple TV.

01525 403247

Alderwood LLA - The Chestnuts

We offer residential care for young people with autism and challenging behaviour. Alderwood's aim is to provide a service in the least intrusive and most effective manner, minimising the effect of the young person's disabilities and giving them the opportunity to live as normal a life as possible.

The Chestnutsis a six bedded home and each young person has a tailor made care package to suit their needs and abilities.

01604 811838

Autism Bedfordshire

Autism Bedfordshire is a charity that provides services to individuals with autism, their families, carers and professionals across Bedfordshire. Our key purpose is to provide emotional and practical support as well as information, advice, guidance and advocacy.

The outcomes our services deliver (as evidenced by our monitoring and evaluation) are:

1. Individuals with autism and their families will feel less isolated.
2. Individuals with autism will develop confidence, self-esteem, communication, social and life skills.
3. Parents will feel less stressed and better able to cope.
4. Parents will improve their knowledge about autism and the services available.

Autism is a lifelong disability so our membership reflects this as we support both children and adults. We run countywide services for our members including:

- family support groups (L.O.A.F. - Loads of Autistic Fun)
- youth groups (Wanted Fun)
- summer activity schemes
- extended services (e.g. trampolining, golf and swim sessions)
- skills training courses for adults with autism
- social groups for adults with autism
- parent training
- autism awareness training for professions (levels 1, 2 and 3)
- a helpline service (01234 350704) with trained and experienced team members on hand to answer calls (anything from services enquiries to crisis calls).

Autism Bedfordshire’s members can access books and other resources from our library and will receive our bi-monthly newsletter giving details about our services and other groups and activities that may be of interest. We also communicate information to members and our staff through e-newsletters. We have a website that anyone can access and we are on Facebook and Twitter.

01234 350704 (Helpline) 01234 214871 (enquiries)

Bedford and District Citizens Advice Bureau

Provides welfare benefits advice for people referred through Social Services.

01234 330604

Bedford Pipe Band

We teach bagpipes and drums to anyone attending. We fund ourselves via being paid to do local events.

01234 360967

Bedfordshire Sah And Sl Services - Leonard Cheshire Disability

We support people over 18 years of age in their own homes and in our supported living services. We provide support with personal care, skills building, budgeting, social inclusion and development of all daily living skills assisting young people to live their chosen lifestyle and reach their maximum potential.

01234 838998

Beds Garden Carers - Bridging The Gap

School Holiday Club
Covering all school holidays and all teacher training days, teenagers are able to spend time with their peers at BGC. We organise a range of activities covering morning (9a.m – 12.45p.m) , afternoon (1.15p.m – 5.00p.m) or all day sessions. Where possible we prefer the activities to be chosen by the young people.

Aimed at young people between the age of 14 and 19 who have Learning disabilities, Autism and Challenging behaviour.

01234 352899

Blind Children UK- Guide Dogs

Blind Children UK is the leading charity for children and young people with sight loss. We believe that no child should feel isolated and afraid or be deprived of a full life just because they can't see.

Our Movement Matters service provides training to help blind children and young people get around safely and independently. Movement Matters also teaches important life skills such as handling money and preparing food.

Our Family Support team gives the families of children with visual impairment emotional and practical support, advice and information. We also advise and work with other professionals and organisations.

Our Education Support team is on hand to help children and young people with sight loss to get the best from their education. The support they offer is particularly valuable to help children move smoothly and confidently from one stage of education to another.

We can assist with identifying a suitable nursery, school or college, and provide confidential advice around a child's statutory rights. We explain complex terms and help with processes and forms. We're also experienced at liaising with professionals on families' behalf and acting as expert witnesses.

Our Access Technology team gives advice on choosing the most appropriate technology and sensory equipment to help children with a vision impairment study and play. We also offer a grants programme that allows families to apply for recommended items they otherwise wouldn't be able to access.

Blind Children UK's CustomEyes service produces large print books for children with vision impairment.

0800 781 1444

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