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The Avenue is a positive, friendly, organisation that understands the highs and lows of living with autism. The Avenue in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire is a not for profit organisation for parents/carers, grandparents and other relatives who have a child with autism in their family. Our vision for The Avenue is to offer services that actively support the family,where our positive support groups are relaxed and friendly, where children with autism and their siblings are welcomed and where knowledge, ideas and experiences are shared.
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The Disability Resource Centre is an independent organisation and a registered charity, it is known as a User Led organisation which means it involves disabled people as trustees staff and volunteers. The centre is a focal point for disability services throughout Bedfordshire and Luton. It aims to
- enable people with a disability and their carers to have easy access to the information and equipment they require to live independently
- encourage the involvement of people with disabilities in the provision of services
- promote awareness of the needs of people with disabilities
- encourage collaborative services for people with disabilities
Our Disability Advice Service offers Information and Advice on a wide variety of topics relating to disability including things such as support groups, leisure activities, holidays, home visiting services, statutory services etc. We have a large equipment display area where you can try out different pieces of equipment to find the right solution for you, and now purchase from us too. We also hire out some equipment like wheelchairs, frames, crutches etc. We also offer benefits advice, assisting with form filling, and appeals and preparing for tribunal as well as benefit checks.
We also have a PA Academy for Personal Assistants and employers. Training includes First Aid, Moving and Handling, and other relevant topics, as well as specialist training modules. Courses run at various locations in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes.
The Inclusion Project is an innovative initiative that is aimed at adults with learning difficulties (16+). It is a community based project that promotes a healthy, social and inclusive environment for our participants throughout all our activities. We help our participants develop social relationships with their peers in the community while promoting a healthy lifestyle and accessing activities with staff. We also help develop independence through our activities (please see our leaflet)
We run for 50 weeks of the year, participants can choose to access our service 1-5 days a week both term time and during holidays depending on their situation. We fit around college/school timetables and other commitments on a personalised basis.
We will be expanding to activities in the evenings and Saturdays in the future.
The Inclusion Project aims to do just as the name suggests! We focus on the inclusion of young adults (16+) with learning difficulties, autism or other specialist needs into the activities of their local community, all whist socialising with others and building upon their independence and confidence.
Individuals accessing our service can expect to spend the day participating in fun and engaging activities ranging from: keeping fit in the gym; having a splash in the pool; getting some fresh air on a gentle walk; watching the latest blockbuster at the cinema; to chatting over a coffee and many other activities besides. In order to ensure individuals have the opportunity to engage in a variety of community activities, the Cambridge City and Huntingdonshire Branch of The Inclusion Project provides a rotating 2 week timetable and allows for the activities to be personalised to individual preferences. Please see our area specific timetable for more details of the activities on offer; however please bear in mind that this is flexible and we are always open to new suggestions.
In addition to the fun of the activities, individuals will be collected from their home at a pre-arranged time and then returned home as part of our service, allowing for the service to be convenient to everyone’s plans and enabling more social opportunities with the group whilst travelling between activities.
We offer our service Monday-Friday throughout the year including both term-time and school holidays. Individuals may access our services as much as required, with the option of attending only during school/college holidays through to the opportunity to attend 5 days a week! Our sessions typically last for 7 hours and the pick-up and drop-off times are pre-arranged with specific requests accommodated where possible.
We do not currently offer evening and weekend sessions, however we hope these will be available in due course and appreciate any enquiries or indications of interest.
Tired Out is Family Fund’s new sleep support hub which aims to help parents and carers of disabled children to sleep better. It pulls sleep information and resources together in one place. This includes information about support available to families in their local area, useful sleep tips and a wide range of research, resources and stories from families themselves.
With our amazing facts and professional animal handlers we visit schools, college’s, nurseries, children's centres and groups, SEN's, residential homes, clubs, private parties, corporate events, Fete’s and festivals fun days, promotional events, photo shoots, film work, Team Building, phobia sessions, Weddings and much more.
The main emphasis of our sessions is to be as hands on as possible, therefore giving you and your participants a truly memorable and empowering experience never to be forgotten.