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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

0808 808 3555

Down's Heart Group

Provides support and information for families and carers of people with Down's Syndrome and heart issues, specifically related to the heart but touching on other areas as affected by the medical problems.

03001 021644

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.

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

SENSE – Children's Specialist Services (CSS)

Our centres offer a place for disabled people with complex communication needs to build connections by developing communication skills and independence, meeting other people, being creative with arts and crafts and taking part in sport and exercise – all supported by skilled, specialist staff.

03003 309256

Support for Pupils with Hearing Impairment

The Deaf and Hearing Impairment Team are a specialist service providing support across Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. We work with people of all ages who are profoundly Deaf or have an acquired hearing loss.

People are offered an assessment of their hearing /communication difficulties and, if they meet eligibility criteria, can be provided with services to help them towards living as independently as possible in the community. This includes financial help towards the cost of assistive hearing devices through the Direct Payment Scheme.

01234 718318

Visual Impairment Team

We work with people of all ages with a visual impairment whose sight cannot be corrected by glasses or medical treatment. The majority of our referrals come from local and national hospitals for registration purposes, but anyone can refer to us if they are experiencing difficulties with their vision.

After an assessment, we can offer a rehabilitation plan tailored to meet a person’s needs. This may include:

Instruction on how to complete daily living tasks such as cooking, making drinks, using the telephone, and writing
Mobility training to complete local routes independently
Appropriate specialist equipment
Sign posting to local and national VI services

We aim to provide specialist knowledge and support to ensure that people understand their eye condition, regain confidence and independence, and are aware of other services available to them.

01234 718318