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Contact a Family is a national charity for families with disabled children
We provide information, advice and support. We bring families together so they can support each other. We campaign to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society.
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Cornerstone Family support group is especially for families needing extra support in the community. As part of this work we have a drop in morning on Thursdays during term time. Activities, refreshments, support and advice for parents whilst the children are cared for in our creche for up to 4 years of age.
Is an authoritative yet accessible guide to the legal rights of disabled children and their families in England and Wales. The authors expertly navigate the many, often overlapping, sources of law, explaining the difference between what public bodies must do to support disabled children and that which they may do. The handbook aims to empower disabled children and their families through a greater understanding of their rights and entitlements.
The Dawn until Dusk Ltd is a before and after-school club based at Lakeview School. It is currently situated within a classroom on the site. Our classroom is a warm and inviting play space where children relax and play safely in a homely environment cared for by friendly approachable staff.
Our opening hours are from 7.30 am until 9am and 3.10pm until 6pm. We have free flow access to the playground directly outside our classroom, with a grassy surrounding area beyond and the use of purpose built wooden equipment for climbing, balancing, jumping and imaginative play.
Our vision for the club is to mirror the home environment as closely as possible. This is achieved by creating an inviting atmosphere with colourful upholstery and soft furnishings, providing an abundance of exciting things to explore, a home corner, free flow access to toys and games, quiet reading area, access to a comfy sofa and a creation station where wonderful things transpire with all manner of craft resources.
Every effort is made to ensure the setting is inclusive for all our children by recognising the importance of extra resource's to meet individual needs. Our club is accessible to all with toilets suitable for wheelchair users and large double doors providing easy access to the outside. For children where English is an additional language we have incorporated Polish flash cards, snap, phrase books, multicultural dolls, figurines and story books. Welcome signs are displayed in different languages and regular multicultural resource's audits are undertaken. The club offers a lending library enabling families to take our resource's home over the school holidays. Consistency is provided between home, school and the club for those children with special educational needs through discussions with teachers and parent/carers and sharing our own observations. We pride ourselves in getting to know each child for the individual they are.
Based in Kempston F4YP aim to inspire young people (YPS) to acheive their potential thorugh after school clubs and holiday courses. After school clubs, music, violin, swimming beginners, improvers, sports power, sports fitness, canoeing, rock climbing, leadership skills, holidays: 2 x 3 days, 2 x 5 days music, art drama, dance, design technology, science, healthy eating, books and games.
Holiday clubs are held at Unit 5 Britannia Estate, Leagrave Road, Luton, Beds , LU3 1RJ. Holiday clubs are a lifeline to families and offer practical support, a range of creative, stimulating and FUN activities for children and young people within a safe non-judgmental environment. Activities include: play equipment and sensory equipment, plus IT and games equipment, workshops, messy play, drama and music, reptile shows and lots of other FUN activities.
The Link Project helping young people with a disability or learning need/s to access peer friendship by take part in activities in their communities. Once a month two volunteers will take the young person out accessing transport and learning everyday life skills while having fun.
FUNlands Youth Club is held on a Monday night term time only at Unit 5, Britannia Estate, Leagrave Road, Luton, Beds , LU3 1RJ. FUNlands runs 6.30pm till 8.30 pm for young people aged 10 - 17 years old with additional needs/disabilities.
FUN Young Adult Club
FUN young adult for 18 – 25 years old on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm – 8.30pm for young adults with additional needs (term time only). This is a safe environment for Young adults with learning disabilities to meet, socialise and take part in activities with their friends.
Saturday Club is a full short break service offering young people with disabilities aged 10 – 25 years 1:1 support whilst accessing on and off site activities. Off site activities are local, such as swimming, bowling, cinema, picnics, sports etc. For more details please check the website: www.familiesunitednetwork.org.uk or call the office on 01582 420800.
Keech Swim - FUN hires Keech Hospice Hydrotherapy pool fortnightly offering families a swim session for those that need the sensory and stimulation of lights and the warmer water.
Hart Hill Adventure Playground - FUN exclusively hires Hart Hill Adventure Playground in partnership with Autism Beds and Fab Friendz. These sessions are a great activity for families.
Our babies are cared for in a cosy, warm and soothing environment, providing activities which stimulate their senses using textured materials and a wide variety of toys, water, sand play and music.
Our older 0-3 toddlers have access to two spacious rooms providing exploratory activities such as playdough, cooking, threading, puzzles, mark making, small world, sharing stories, singing, homecorner, art & craft, water, sand and painting.
Within our pre school our environment encourages the children to explore sand and water play, role-play, cooking, art & craft, woodwork, mark making, mathematical concepts, construction, threading, board games, musical instruments, ICT, books, story sacks and singing.
Our after school children are collected from three local schools by a member of staff in our people carrier and taken back to the club. There they have the opportunity to complete homework in a quiet designated area, 'chill' at the snack bar, relax listening to music or reading books or play a game until home time at 6pm. During the school holidays a program of activities is devised that include both planned and spontaneous activities. Regular features indoors include: playing games, art & craft, cookery, music, role play, design technology and games consoles. Outdoor activities include football, rounders, spare parts play and team building games.
Learning Disability England brings together Housing and Support Alliance and People First England with other national bodies led by or involving work with people with learning disabilities and their families, individual people with learning disabilities, families, friends and their supporters.
We are a small local charity (No 267822) which lends sensory aid equipment and toys to stimulate children with special needs to use in their homes with supervision from parents/carers. Local organisations have raised money so we can purchase the equipment from recognised manufacturers. We do not charge as we are a charity but do accept donations.
Parent Carer breakfasts are a monthly opportunity for parents/carers of disabled children (of any age) to meet up with friends, share stories, hints and tips and support each other. A full cooked breakfast and bottomless drinks are on offer too. This is held at The Tavistock, Tavistock Road, Bedford from 9.30 a.m.
The breakfasts are held during the fourth week of any month in term time. The days alternate within that week so that it is accessible to those with regular commitments on certain days. Members will receive an email with dates and it is also posted on the BDCPS Face Book page.
Parents with children under school age can bring them along including siblings. There is a “Gateopener” support worker available for any requests for information and support.
Ocassionally BDCPS will at the request of parent/carers set up other groups or opportunities e.g. Christmas Shop and Lunch at MK with care for any under school age children required so that parents/carers can enjoy the experience.
During the summer holidays throughout the play scheme at Ridgeway School from 9.30a.m. There are two breakfasts a week. Due to the lack of cooking facilities these breakfasts are continental. Parents/carers dropping off children can go into the staff room and a team of staff and volunteers will serve them with a choice of breakfast goodies whilst they get together with friends or meet new people. Parents/carers not using the play scheme are also welcome to drop in there are usually volunteers or staff that can help if they bring a child/children.
The dates for these are sent out in the play scheme newsletter, emailed to members and posted onto the BDCPS Face Book page (people just have to “ like it” and you will get to know what we BDCPS is up to)