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Afasic

Around 6% of children starting school have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) - an average of 2 in every classroom.

Afasic is the UK charity representing children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties, working for their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers.

Our Advice and Information Services provide support to thousands of people every year, including Helpline and email support, free to download factsheets and access to our local networks.

If you are a parent or young person wanting help and more information, go to www.afasic.org.uk or ring our Helpline on 0300 666 9410.

03006 669410

Blind Children UK- Guide Dogs

Blind Children UK is the leading charity for children and young people with sight loss. We believe that no child should feel isolated and afraid or be deprived of a full life just because they can't see.

Our Movement Matters service provides training to help blind children and young people get around safely and independently. Movement Matters also teaches important life skills such as handling money and preparing food.

Our Family Support team gives the families of children with visual impairment emotional and practical support, advice and information. We also advise and work with other professionals and organisations.

Our Education Support team is on hand to help children and young people with sight loss to get the best from their education. The support they offer is particularly valuable to help children move smoothly and confidently from one stage of education to another.

We can assist with identifying a suitable nursery, school or college, and provide confidential advice around a child's statutory rights. We explain complex terms and help with processes and forms. We're also experienced at liaising with professionals on families' behalf and acting as expert witnesses.

Our Access Technology team gives advice on choosing the most appropriate technology and sensory equipment to help children with a vision impairment study and play. We also offer a grants programme that allows families to apply for recommended items they otherwise wouldn't be able to access.

Blind Children UK's CustomEyes service produces large print books for children with vision impairment.

0800 781 1444

Care Forum (MK) Ltd

Care Forum is a Home Support Service for Children and Young People with a Physical or Learning Disability and their families providing support either in their own homes or in the community. We provide carers with a break from the caring role and give them time for other family members.

We enable young people to participate in community activities and integrate into society, enabling them to gain independence and social skills to fulfill their potential. We offer support to families in the day to day care of their children where extra help is needed such as morning or evening routines, mealtimes, personal care and health care needs. We support children in school settings and assist with managing behaviours.

We offer overnight and weekend care in the child's own home to enable parents to sleep or take a short break away. We accompany parents on day trips if additional help is needed.

Sessions range from an hour to help with routines, 3 or 4 hours in the community to an evening sit or taking a child on holiday for a week.

01908 584136

Centre for All Families Positive Health, Children and Youth Services

CAFPH provides support to adult individuals (male and female), families, children and young people, and the elder community who are in some way be affected by HIV/AIDS. This may be because a family member is infected, or because they personally are infected.

CAFPH provides monthly support groups for all service users, (both adults and Children and young people,) which involve respite as well as educational skills building activities.

We also provide residential weekend’s away, psychological support for individuals and families, complimentary therapies such as massage, drop in one to one support and training opportunities. There is also one to one family support which is on-going and bespoke. Shortly CAFPH will be introducing monthly children’s events open to all our clients. The details of these are being confirmed.

01582 726061 or 01582 726063

Contact

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

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

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.

North Beds Toy Library

We are a small local charity (No 267822) which lends sensory aid equipment and toys to stimulate children with special needs to use in their homes with supervision from parents/carers. Local organisations have raised money so we can purchase the equipment from recognised manufacturers. We do not charge as we are a charity but do accept donations.

01234 407152

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