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Deaf Support

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.

01525 875191

Early Help - FACES Bedford

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.

We offer:
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
Crisis funding
Victim Support
Protective Behaviours Workshops

01234 270601

Families United Network

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
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.

01582 470999

Foxgloves

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.

01234 718108

FUN United Saturday Club

The session provides rest bite care for families with children/young people with special educational
needs and/or disabilities. The provision aims to offer a more socially focussed service offer than that of school to allow the children and young people more free choice within the meaningful activities we offer. The outcomes we work towards are those of social interaction, development of life skills and positive experiences through a range of varied activities.

The types of activities we offer include:
 Sports & Active Play
 Performing Arts
 Arts & Crafts
 Music
 Outdoor Adventure
 Cooking & baking
 Social Play (computers, video games, pool table)
 Special Projects
 Trips & Visits
 Special Events (seasonal)

The participants experience a wide range of engaging activities within the categories listed above. All activities are assessed to be inclusive and fit for purpose for the participants needs.

01234 340782

Kids

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

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.

03002 010455

Mental Health and Wellbeing Services

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.


01525 864430

Music Therapy Bedfordshire

Music Therapy is a psychological intervention which provides a unique opportunity for a child, young person or adult to express themselves through sound and/or voice at their own pace. Music Therapists are skilled at listening and responding, and have experience working with a very wide range of disabilities including SEBD, complex medical needs, MSI, MLD, SLD and PMLD. Music Therapy is client led, and is non-confrontational; using music (easily accessible instruments and voice) to enable an improvised dialogue to be established between the therapist and the client.

Please note: Music Therapists are not teachers. We do not offer instrumental lessons for children and young people with SEND.

Music Therapy Bedfordshire is a team of music therapists that can provide:
Assessment
Individual (one to one) music therapy sessions
Small group music therapy sessions
Reports
Liaison with other professionals
Advice and support to parent/carers with regard to music therapy

There are no limitations on the length of time each person can access music therapy. The therapist will advise, following an initial assessment.

Questionnaires are used to evaluate outcomes

Typical outcomes may include:
• Raised self-esteem and confidence
• Reduced anxiety
• Increased resilience and emotional wellbeing
• Reduced physical tension
• Increased motivation to communicate
• Improved social skills

07973 582380

Ormiston Families Support for children and young people affected by imprisonment

We support children and their families affected by imprisonment. We manage the Visitors centre at HMP Bedford and operate a play area for children to use while they visit. We offer family support to prisoners and special children's visits. We deliver a parenting course to prisoners and other child related courses.

In the community we support children who have a parent or significant family member in prison. Referrals are made from schools, social workers or families. We meet the parent and then see the child on a one to one basis in their school. Initially for an hour per week. Usually we arrange 6 sessions but these can be extended (and usually are) if the outcomes are not met or new outcomes have developed. We continually evaluate the work with the parent and child.

After the intervention, we can offer a volunteer mentor service for children living locally where they can be taken out on social outings to improve emotional wellbeing.

01234 373219

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