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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.

01234 272101

Barnfield College

As part of our vision, we aim to promote and lead a culture of shared values. They are the solid foundation and main principles of our culture. By consistently working hard to maintain our values, we will keep what makes Barnfield so special – an organisation that is deeply committed to delivering quality teaching and learning and providing innovative educational opportunities to the communities of Luton and beyond.

01582 569569

Bedford College - Supported Learning Provision

The service aims to support young people into adulthood through a specialist curriculum within a mainstream setting. Students undertaking courses within the Foundation area have the opportunity to develop their independent living skills within our specialist flat; access the community via our excellent location within Bedford town centre; continue to develop their numeracy and literacy skills across the curriculum. Full time programmes consist of opportunities for students to:

• Develop their work skills by undertaking a weekly supported work placement and dedicated session to support their understanding of the world of work.
• The opportunity to undertake one or more option/s which meet their personal interest and/or career aspirations. These are delivered within specialist facilities by vocational staff with experience of working with young people with additional needs.
• All students will have a dedicated Personal Tutor who works with the student and liaises with parents/carers and other agencies to promote achievement and well-being.

The days and times of our services are unfortunately limited by government funding. Full time programmes for young people aged 16-18 are delivered over 4 days for 32 weeks of the year. Full time programmes for young people aged 19+ over 5 days per week between 10.30-3.00. Students access supported for full time programmes for up to 3 years.

Progression routes for young people from our supported courses are varied with students progressing onto level one or two courses cross college, gaining employment to undertaking a varied programme supported through social care which may include one day a week at college and continuation of their work placement. Student’s progress is regularly reviewed and discussed with the student, parent/carers and relevant agencies to support young people to support transition into adulthood.

01234 291652

Beds Garden Carers - Siblings Project

Welcome to Beds Garden Carers
We are a charity based in Bedford UK dedicated to providing work experience, education and independent living skills and social opportunities for adults and teenagers with learning disabilities, autism and challenging behaviour.

A forward looking organisation that works with people who have a learning disability. Giving life and work experiences and supporting people to learn, grow and develop.

Children Employment / Performance

The purpose of my service is to protect and safeguard children/young persons in employment and entertainment.

A child can work from the age of 13 year and above, the most common employment is the newspaper delivery.

Child Performances licences are issued to children/young people who perform in non broadcast and broadcast programmes, even if there is no payment or time taken off school. Chaperones act as loca parentis to children who take part in these performances, individuals who look after children would need to apply for a chaperone licence, parents are allowed to chaperone their own child.

It provides children/young people with confidence and experience of life skills.

I go out to Bedford Borough Schools to present Child Employment in school assemblies covering both Child Employment and Child Performance legislations. Young people can approach me after the presentation.

On receipt of applications, I process and send them to the employers/producers.

However the young person and their families can enquire by ringing/emailing or writing to me.

01234 228178

Council for Disabled Children

Is an authoritative yet accessible guide to the legal rights of disabled children and their families in England and Wales. The authors expertly navigate the many, often overlapping, sources of law, explaining the difference between what public bodies must do to support disabled children and that which they may do. The handbook aims to empower disabled children and their families through a greater understanding of their rights and entitlements.

Elective Home Education Service

The Elective Home Education Officer offers advice and support to families who are considering home educating their children or to families in Bedford Borough who already home educate to ensure that the children are receiving an education suitable for their age, aptitude and ability.

01234 276581

First Place Training

First Place Training is a unique training provider because we aim to cater for each individual's needs within a nurturing and dynamic environment. The core of our business is aimed at getting young people back into education and employment. We recognise that not every student will have the same requirements, ambitions or indeed problems and what we are really are trying to do here is make a difference to their lives. We try to offer appropriate opportunities to those who may not have attained highest prior achievements.

The key ethos of our provision is:
A personalised programme for each learner, based on their starting point and their planned destination.
The opportunity to have achievements recognised through nationally accredited qualifications.
Bespoke term-time programme for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities is planned. The primary focus is personal independence. Options can include:
Personal Social Development
Vocational Skills (Computing, Child Care, Hair & Beauty and Motor Vehicle
Work experience
Outing and travel training to increase independence

Many learners with learning difficulties or disabilities will be working towards supported employment or independent living, but others will be heading for other destinations such as Traineeship or an Apprenticeship. A carefully managed programme with support is put in place to enable them to progress successfully.

01234 262004

Healthwatch Bedford Borough

Healthwatch is the consumer champion, for both health and social care services for children and adults living in England. At a local level Healthwatch Bedford Borough (HBB) will:-

• Enable all people of all ages to share their views and concerns about local health and social care services such as GPs, dentists, pharmacists hospitals, day care services and care homes.
• Help and support Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group to make sure that services really are designed to meet the local communities needs.
• Provide authoritative, evidence-based feedback to organisations responsible for commissioning or delivering local health and social care services.
• Be inclusive - we know that people can feel excluded from services and we know that access to services is not always equal. Healthwatch will reflect the diversity of the community it serves.

01234 718018

Hear2listen - National Citizen Service (NCS)

Hear2listen deliver the National Citizen Service (NCS) in Bedfordshire. This opportunity is open to to all 16/17 yr olds and up to 25yr olds with additional needs.

To bring our country together by building stronger, more integrated communities and fostering understanding between young people from different backgrounds.

To build essential skills for life and work, investing in our country’s future talent.

To engage young people in social action in their communities and the democratic process, building their understanding of their responsibilities as citizens.

A four -day, three-night residential based away from home with fun activities such as canoeing, rock climbing and abseiling. A chance to meet new people and enjoy some adventure, fun and freedom!

A further 4 days where you'll develop life skills like confidence, leadership and communication to boost your CV or UCAS personal statement.

Working in teams, you'll put your new skills into practice by delivering a community project of your choice. Plan, fundraise, make a difference!

You and your mates will get together to celebrate your achievements. NCS opens up a world of opportunities, giving you exclusive access to work placements, volunteering and events.

01767 319502

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