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Our purpose is
'to help transform and improve the lives of young people who are struggling, or have struggled in life so far, whether it be academically, socially or economically. We aim to promote a sense of well being and purpose, so they feel they are better equipped to progress, move on and start to lead a fulfilling life.'
In school holiday time we run more 'fun'skills and techniques based activity sessions. Most of these are open to all young people. However, in the past we have also worked with Beds Cerebral Palsy Society, Taylor House, YMCA etc. (With activities ranging from purely fun / interest sessions to courses with small qualifications.)
The activities we run include Angling (Fishing! and bait / tackle making); Photography; Estate Maintenance / Construction sessions (Building and installing platforms and gates, creating and maintaining paths and steps, cutting back, clearing and strimming trees, bushes and vegetation etc); Forestry / Survival skills; Indoor / Outdoor cooking; Mountain Bike riding and maintenance; other sports related activities; Arts and Crafts; Pond dipping; Bird / Animal watching and related walks; Gardening on our allotment, Work experience opportunities; taking young people to Zoo's and Safari Parks; as well as working on CV's, writing application letters for jobs and college courses, interview techniques, researching job and college courses.
(We have 6 vehicles including one minibus, which enables some transport capability for wheelchair users.)
We have been able to help a lot of young people whilst we have been operating and in this academic year the vast majority of our young people have come away with at least one or more qualifications.
Access Bedford aim is work with the D/deaf and hard of hearing community to make Bedford Borough more accessible. Access Bedford is set up to
• Empower the D/deaf community
• Support the D/deaf community to know what is going on
• Involve the D/deaf community in Bedford
• Meet with decision makers so they know about the barriers
• Improve services for and with the D/deaf community
• Create opportunities for and with the D/deaf community
Access Bedford Priorities
1. Sharing information with the D/deaf Community
2. Running events with the D/deaf Community
3. Improving services with and for the D/deaf Community
Typical Activities we offer
• Monthly newsletter
• Regular social activities (all ages)
• Support to access Kempston Youth Centre’s open access youth club (13-19s)
• Conferences and information event (Education Conference 2015, Emergency Services Day 2015, Deaf Information Day 2014)
• Fact sheets and service information.
We offer a comprehensive range of advice and information on education issues. Our information is based on current education law and guidance and covers state funded education for children aged 5-16 years in England only.
Our aim is to support self-management of a condition deemed ‘incurable’ and inadequately serviced, to give better support and quality of life for a wide group of patients diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Type III (Hypermobility type) and possibly some Classic type BUT NOT (at outset) vascular EDS patients or any other type.
As part of this vision we would like to offer ‘Activity’ groups for children aged 5-16years. Physiotherapy, if offered, is time limited and many children are then expected to go on and join main stream sports clubs to continue their activity. Children with this condition often need to increase muscle strength to support lax joints, improve stamina in order to keep up with peers and have balance/co-ordination issues and gross motor skill delay. This means that children often lack confidence and basic skills to be ready for main stream clubs. Our aim is to provide a weekly activity group to provide consistent activity, a supportive environment to develop muscle strength, core strength and basic skills. Each child will be individually assessed and evaluated to track their progress. We also plan to link up with local sports clubs so that when the child feels ready and if they have an interest in a particular sport we plan to offer a handover, educating the club and supporting the child in the transition.
BDCPS also offers short residential trips and special days out to sports events, music concerts, theatre shows etc.
These trips and days out are chosen by young people coming along to BDCPS clubs and schemes. They help young people to spend time with friends, to try out new things, build confidence, independence and achieve aspirations. Some of the adventures include other family members too.
Adventures also provide short breaks and respite to families to allow them time away from caring, time for themselves or to spend with other family members.
Plans for adventures come from talking to and working with the young people coming to BDCPS and parent/carers. The young people are encouraged to take part in organising activities that they want to do. They are not regular like clubs as they are fitted around when events are on e.g. Twickenham Rugby, Rhythms of the World Music Festival.
They cover all ages up to 25 years and a wide range of activities and can be anything from a few hours a night away, a long weekend or midweek break. Once an idea for a trip comes in the team work on how this can happen and how to raise some of the funds to do it.
Charges for the adventures are different depending on what it is and how much funding can be raised towards it by the team e.g. a big brother outdoor activity weekend cost families £195 (a fraction of the actual cost) a day out to see a Theatre performance and supper £30.
Safeguarding is taken very seriously. Each young person will have a volunteer or member of staff available if needed and parents are not required to stay/go along unless it is a specific family trip.
All staff and volunteers are trained to meet the basic needs of the young people for example; safeguarding and epilepsy awareness. Paid staff are also trained to provide first aid, personal care, tube feeds and administration of medication and emergency medication and where possible, any other requirement of the young person.
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.
We are registered to care for persons between 18-65 yrs old. We provide care, support and nursing support to a range of people with physical disabilities. We use a social model and look at a person holistically, with a view to personalising their care and support. We cater for mild learning disabilities only, but can give support to large care needs. We have dedicated activity staff who offer a range of activities and 1-1 support throughout the day; we have volunteers and a buddy system. We also have keyworkers who help support the service users. Our activities run 6 days a week and we offer holidays supported by our own staff and group holidays, trips out to the theatre, rugby, football, local events. Our service users also access day centres and college. We have wifi and iPads and apple TV.
We offer residential care for young people with autism and challenging behaviour. Alderwood's aim is to provide a service in the least intrusive and most effective manner, minimising the effect of the young person's disabilities and giving them the opportunity to live as normal a life as possible.
The Chestnutsis a six bedded home and each young person has a tailor made care package to suit their needs and abilities.
Meldreth Manor supports children and young people age 6-18 years who have complex learning difficulties and is one of the few schools in the country that is also able to support complex health needs and associated difficulties. These may be as a result of conditions such as cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, degenerative conditions or autism requiring a specialist approach.
Young people may have multiple disabilities, including sensory and physical impairments and benefit from specialist facilities designed to meet their needs. The highly skilled team of teaching, care and clinical staff take a holistic approach that considers physical, emotional, social, sensory and educational needs within a waking day curriculum.
The support provided enables each young person to engage and progress at their own level within a living and learning environment that is all about enriching individual lives and helping everyone to achieve their full potential as they reach adulthood.
Our aim is quite simple, to empower young people to grow in their own unique and inspiring way.
Orchard Manor offers a supportive living and learning environment for young adults who have complex learning difficulties and is one of the few services in the country that is also able to support those with complex health needs and associated difficulties. These may be as a result of conditions such as cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, degenerative conditions or autism requiring a specialist approach.
The young people may have multiple disabilities, including sensory and physical impairments and benefit from specialist facilities designed to meet their needs.