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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

Provide information advice and support to anyone affected by Stroke. One to one support provided up to one year depending on circumstances.

01234 792686

The Disability Resource Centre

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.

01582 470900

The Inclusion Project

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.

Tired Out

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.

01904 550055

Urban Safari

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.

01234 823004 / 07913 705378 / 07940 282094

Woodside Church

Groups for all ages up to school year 8. Groups run whilst the parents attend the Sunday morning services, Bible teaching, games, crafts, play and fun!

01234 272022

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