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Care Forum is a Home Support Service for Children and Young People with a Physical or Learning Disability and their families providing support either in their own homes or in the community. We provide carers with a break from the caring role and give them time for other family members.
We enable young people to participate in community activities and integrate into society, enabling them to gain independence and social skills to fulfill their potential. We offer support to families in the day to day care of their children where extra help is needed such as morning or evening routines, mealtimes, personal care and health care needs. We support children in school settings and assist with managing behaviours.
We offer overnight and weekend care in the child's own home to enable parents to sleep or take a short break away. We accompany parents on day trips if additional help is needed.
Sessions range from an hour to help with routines, 3 or 4 hours in the community to an evening sit or taking a child on holiday for a week.
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.
Dove House -Boarding at Overstone Park School
Welcome to Dove House a small, caring residential special educational facility at Overstone Park School, a co-educational school for children age 4-18 years with a separate nursery department.
Park is registered with the DFE as a SEN independent school.
The list of SEN categories are listed below:
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Speech communication Language needs (SCLN)
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Moderate learning difficulties (including Global development delay).
We provide mental and physical therapy for disabled people through the medium of horse riding. We do have some restrictions. The rider must be no more than 10.5 stone in weight. They must be weight bearing for at least a few minutes, so as to be able to mount the horse. We also have a waiting list for places on our riding sessions.
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.
Hear2listen deliver the National Citizen Service (NCS) in Bedfordshire. This opportunity is open to to all 16/17 yr olds and up to 25yr olds with additional needs.
To bring our country together by building stronger, more integrated communities and fostering understanding between young people from different backgrounds.
To build essential skills for life and work, investing in our country’s future talent.
To engage young people in social action in their communities and the democratic process, building their understanding of their responsibilities as citizens.
PHASE 1 - ADVENTURE
A four -day, three-night residential based away from home with fun activities such as canoeing, rock climbing and abseiling. A chance to meet new people and enjoy some adventure, fun and freedom!
PHASE 2 - DISCOVERY
A further 4 days where you'll develop life skills like confidence, leadership and communication to boost your CV or UCAS personal statement.
PHASE 3 - ACTION
Working in teams, you'll put your new skills into practice by delivering a community project of your choice. Plan, fundraise, make a difference!
You and your mates will get together to celebrate your achievements. NCS opens up a world of opportunities, giving you exclusive access to work placements, volunteering and events.
We support over 13,500 disabled children, young people and their families every year by delivering over 120 services throughout England.
KIDS is unique; there is no other organisation dedicated to providing such an extensive range of services to disabled children and young people, aged 0-25 years, irrespective of their impairment or condition.
Our aim is to provide individuals with support tailored to meet their individual needs. We encourage people to maintain and develop as much independence as possible. By offering flexible services we can provide support for any length of time. This can be arranged on any days you prefer. The support sessions are often on going for as long as the person would like them. We enable people to access local facilities such as swimming pools, cinema, bowling, horse riding, eating out, college, shopping etc.
We can also provide a 'sitting service' to enable family members to go out or have a break from their caring role.
As we are registered with the Care Quality Commission so we are also able to offer personal care.
We provide work-based training in small friendly groups in a tranquil and safe environment for adults with special needs and/or barriers to employment or independence.
- Activities are in 3 areas: 1)Garden: growing plants for sale and caring for 5 acres of land including stock beds, fruit orchards and meadow. 2)Kitchen: making a wide range of preserves and some cakes for sale. 3)Craft: producing a variety of goods from different materials. All specific and general (transferable) skills are fully taught as we work, including health and safety, food hygiene, environmental care and workplace behaviour.
- We do not have a maximum time for someone to be with us, but we hold regular reviews to ensure that they are still benefitting from the service, and if there are ways in which they can profitably move on eg towards employment, we would endeavour to support them in this as much as possible.
Assessment & Advice Officers are funded through Sense's charitable resources, each Sense operational area has an Assessment & Advice Officer[AAO].
The Assessment & Advice Officer provides assessment and advice to newly identified deafblind people to help them access appropriate support and services. The AAO will actively identify deafblind people within the local area and engage with them and, if appropriate, their carers and current providers of services to offer appropriate support.
Where specialist assessments in respect of deafblind people are required under the Deafblind Guidance, 'Social Care for Deafblind Children and Adults', the AAO is fully qualified to carry out the assessment or work with another colleague within Sense who is qualified to undertake such an assessment.