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Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with human function and movement and maximising potential.
It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being.
In children, Chartered Physiotherapists work to combat a broad range of physical problems in particular those associated with neuromuscular, musculo-skeletal, and respiratory systems.
The paediatric physiotherapy service will offer assessment and treatment to children 0-19 years and aims to help the child achieve their full physical potential and minimise any secondary problems. These can be children with moderate or severe physical disability and/or learning disabilities or can be children with orthopaedic and musculoskeletal complaints.
Exercise, positioning, equipment provision, and 24 hour postural care are some of the approaches used.
See leaflet ‘Childrens Physiotherapy Services’ for further information.
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
Promotes the use of sign language in the local community. Offers support for deaf children and people of all ages by linking them with social groups, interpreters/communicators and national organisations for the deaf.
FACES aim to support families during difficult periods in their lives, especially where this will contribute to keeping children with their families. Our objectives include working in partnership with parents to promote the well-being of each family as a whole and enabling families to manage their affairs with increased confidence and independence
Our service is not time limited however we would aim to work with the family towards an end goal.
Early Help and Troubled Families Support
Domestic Abuse Support
Baby FACES - support from pregnancy through to the transition into parenthood
Face2FACES CBT course
Family Group - a weekly group for parents and their children
Relationship workshops for new parents
Monthly group for Fathers and their children
Protective Behaviours Workshops
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.
Foxgloves is a specialist children’s home that is registered by Ofsted. We offer overnight short breaks to children and young people aged between 8 and 18 with autism, learning difficulties and/or challenging behaviour. The eligibility criteria can be seen on our web page.
The service enables families and carers to have a break, gives children the opportunity to make new friends, have fun and participate in leisure activities. It also enables children to promote their independence and social skills by being away from home and socialising with other adults and other young people.
At Foxgloves we support the young people using autism specific supports and communication systems and all of our staff are trained in these supports.
All of the young people will be allocated a Key worker to plan and support them during their stays with us and work closely with parents/carers.
We offer a range of activities and experiences for the young people and these are planned depending on the young people that are staying with us. Some regular activities include swimming, cinema, bowling, visiting cafes, shopping, parks. We also offer day trips to zoos, seaside etc and welcome any suggestions for these form the young people of their parents/carers.
Foxgloves is large house and we can provide a lot of activities on site. We have 2 lounges, a dining room that doubles up as a craft room, a sensory room, 2 computer rooms, a main kitchen and a smaller one where young people can be supported to develop their skills to prepare meals and to cook.
We have a lovely large garden with lots of play equipment, trampoline, climbing frame, swings, slides as well as bicycles, tricycles and go-karts. There is also a large patio area to sit outside for meals or to relax.
Foxgloves also has a self contained annexe where we can work with young people to help them develop their independence skills ready for moving into adult life.
Our sister unit, Sunflower House provides the same service for children with physical, sensory and learning difficulties.
We provide youth clubs for young people with additional needs on a Saturday morning for them to come along and meet friends in a safe and fun environment. This gives parents an opportunity for some respite, knowing their young person is being supported and well cared for and having fun with their peers. We encourage young people to learn new skills and have new experiences which in turn builds their confidence, self esteem and promotes participation and independence. We ask the young people for their ideas and input for our sessions and activities to ensure we are meeting their needs and expectations.
We have two groups: kids group for ages 11-12 and youth group for ages 13-17 years (we can continue to support young people at the youth group when they reach 17)
Activities that we offer are varied and include centre based activities such as arts and crafts, cooking, games, street dancing, soft play and we also have a tv/dvd/wii and games. We also run trips to the local cinema, the pottery kiln, local museums and events taking place in Bedford. Subject to funding we have recently been able to run trips to the Pantomime in Milton Keynes, Woburn Abbey, Cadburys World and Gullivers World, places that the young people may not have been previously able to access.
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.
Learning Disability England brings together Housing and Support Alliance and People First England with other national bodies led by or involving work with people with learning disabilities and their families, individual people with learning disabilities, families, friends and their supporters.
East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) provides mental health services for people in Bedfordshire.
The service has been commissioned by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG), in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council.
We are committed to the ongoing development of mental health and learning disability services.