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Saturday Club At BGC - (Beds Garden Carers)

Run by Beds Garden Carers, the Saturday Club is open to all adults with a learning disability or mental health needs and aims to give members opportunities to access leisure facilities and spend time with friends.

01234 352899

Seed Sowers Training Project

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.

01234 376237

SENSE - Assessment & Advice Service

Sense is a national disability charity that supports people with complex communication needs to be understood, connected and valued. We began, and continue, to support people who are deafblind. Today, we also support a wide range of people with complex communication needs.

We are here for every person who faces communication barriers in a world that relies on being able to see and hear well to be connected.

Our flexible and personalised services empower people to communicate and express themselves – be it through speech or sign, touch or movement, gesture or sound, art or dance. Together, we connect differently and campaign passionately for the right to lead connected and fulfilled lives.

We support children, young people and adults in their home, in the community and at our centres, in their education and transition to adulthood and through our holidays, arts, sport and wellbeing programmes. Also, we offer practical help and support to families and carers, including information, advice, short breaks and family events.

03003 309256

SENSE - Individual Support

At Sense, our services for disabled children and adults with complex communication needs are built around the wishes and needs of each individual, providing specialist support exactly where it’s needed – in the home or community.

Our person-centred approach, using total communication, means we can support you as an individual, and your family, in the best way possible.

Individual support for people who are deafblind
Sense Communicator Guides and Intervenors can support people who are deafblind, their families, carers, and the professionals who work with them.

03003 309256

SENSE - Sense Holidays and Short Breaks

On a Sense Holiday or Sense Short Break, you’re in charge of the fun.

Whether you join one of our weekly activity groups or come away with us on a week away, you’ll get to choose what you do, make new friends and try things that you might not have thought possible.

As a parent, relative or carer, you can relax and enjoy a break from your caring responsibilities, knowing that your loved one is safe and having an amazing time.

03003 309256

Sibs

Sibs exists to support people who grow up with or have grown up with a disabled brother or sister. It is the only UK charity representing the needs of over half a million young siblings and over one and a half million adult siblings.

Siblings have a lifelong need for information, they often experience social and emotional isolation, and have to cope with difficult situations. They also want to have positive relationships with their disabled brothers and sisters and to be able to choose the role they play in future care and support.

Signpost Volunteers-Supported and Financed by Bedford Mencap

SIGNPOST VOLUNTEERS
Bedford Mencap Signpost Volunteers are all parents of young people and adults with learning disabilities. They are trained to listen and to give support and information to anyone with learning disabilities and their family and carers.

INFORMATION COFFEE MORNINGS
The Signpost Volunteers hold a monthly drop-in coffee morning on the 4th Friday of each month (excluding August and December) at Carers in Bedfordshire.

Support groups are run in: Ampthill, Bedford, Biggleswade, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard and Shefford.

Services include: a helpline, newsletter, training sessions for parents, social events: dances, quiz nights, theatre trips, etc.

Pampers sessions every Thursday night.

01234 740361

Special Needs Jungle

Our Vision - The long-term wider change we’re aiming for:

Children and young people achieve better outcomes because their parents will have been able successfully to navigate the SEND system. Additionally, those working with such children can access good quality information and improve their ability and communication skills when working with families.

Our Mission:

Special Needs Jungle creates easy to understand resources, articles and information for parents and carers of children with special needs, disabilities and health conditions to better enable them to navigate the special needs system. We aim to inform, educate and empower families to self-advocate confidently, so their children get the help they need to live the best life they can.

SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT IN BEDFORD BOROUGH

We have a clear plan for children and young people in settings and schools so that we can identify early SEND needs and provide support through a process of good planning and reviewing. To this end we have produced two Graduated Response documents which outline and provide a clear message about responsibilities for early identification of need and what can be done to ensure plans are in place to support children and pupils with additional needs.

Stroke Association

We are the UK’s leading charity dedicated to conquering stroke. We deliver stroke services across the UK, campaign for better stroke care, invest in research and fundraise to expand our reach to as many stroke survivors as possible.

WE CAN HELP BY:
- listening and talking through your situation
- giving information about stroke, making suggestions and exploring the options available to you
- discussing rehabilitation and recovery after stroke
- pointing you towards people and services that offer support after a stroke
- putting you in touch with relevant local and national organisations
- telling you how to reduce your risk of stroke
- sending leaflets and factsheets with information about stroke
- directing you to further sources of information and useful resources.

Please visit our website for further information via the link.

01234 792686

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