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The Register is a record of children and young people living in Bedford Borough who have a disability or additional need, aged 0-25 years. If you are a parent or have parental responsibility for a child with a disability or additional need, you can add your/their details to the Register by completing our simple registration form.
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.
Please click the link to open to the Contact A Family website
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.
We are a baby and toddler group for children up to age 3 and their parents and/or other family members. We provide toys for babies and young children, a craft or other special activity each week, plus a song and story time at the end of the session.
All children in the age-range are welcome, and hope that all parents and other adults attending find the group a friendly, supportive environment both for themselves and for their children.
JJ’s is a monthly youth club for disabled young people aged 14-19 years to come and meet friends in a safe and fun packed environment. The club is held on the fourth Saturday of each month except August and December and costs are £13.00 this includes a lunch.
JJ’s 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.
At each JJ’s a group of young people will go shopping for lunch, which will be cooked by the young people with support from the staff and volunteers. Choices are given on meal choice with information and guidance on healthy eating.
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.
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.