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Adventures

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.

01234 351759

Bedford Mencap Playscheme

To provide a summer holiday playscheme for children with a learning disability age between 4-18yrs.

The child needs to have a statement of Special Educational Needs.

The scheme promotes holiday fun in a relaxed atmosphere, with up to 60 children in attendance every day. Activities range from swimming, sports, art, yoga, animal visits, magic shows, flower arranging, tennis, art, cooking and gymnastics.

We are open for 15 days, lots of qualified and experienced staff, with the addition of volunteers (young people) to support the children.

We can offer support for a range of needs. For children who may find a busy environment difficult, we would need to plan carefully and ensure our service can offer the right support.

01234 312240

Children's Disability Register (CDR)

The Register is a record of children and young people living in Bedford Borough who have a disability or additional need, aged 0-25 years. If you are a parent or have parental responsibility for a child with a disability or additional need, you can add your/their details to the Register by completing our simple registration form.

01234 228693

College’s out Bedford and District cerebral Palsy Society

COLLEGE’S OUT runs for two weeks during the summer at The University of Bedfordshire for young people aged 18-25 years to come and meet friends in a safe and fun packed environment. Times are 9.30 am – 3.30pm.

College’s Out has exciting activities that help young people learn new life skills and have new experiences to help build self-confidence and prepare for adulthood and independence. Every young person is encouraged to think about and work towards achieving their aspirations.

The weeks typically have a theme which is chosen to meet the interests of the young people attending. In 2016 the first week was dedicated to sports, where specialist coaches enabled young people to try a range of sports adapted so that everyone could join in. The second week was dedicated to the arts where young people were able to express themselves creating music, costumes, instruments and art for a carnival.

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. 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 wherever possible any other requirement of the young person.

01234 351759

Fun United Bedford

We provide youth clubs for young people with additional needs on a Saturday morning for them to come along and meet friends in a safe and fun environment. This gives parents an opportunity for some respite, knowing their young person is being supported and well cared for and having fun with their peers. We encourage young people to learn new skills and have new experiences which in turn builds their confidence, self esteem and promotes participation and independence. We ask the young people for their ideas and input for our sessions and activities to ensure we are meeting their needs and expectations.

We have two groups: kids group for ages 11-12 and youth group for ages 13-17 years (we can continue to support young people at the youth group when they reach 17)

Activities that we offer are varied and include centre based activities such as arts and crafts, cooking, games, street dancing, soft play and we also have a tv/dvd/wii and games. We also run trips to the local cinema, the pottery kiln, local museums and events taking place in Bedford. Subject to funding we have recently been able to run trips to the Pantomime in Milton Keynes, Woburn Abbey, Cadburys World and Gullivers World, places that the young people may not have been previously able to access.

01582 726026

JJ’s Crew

JJ’s is a monthly youth club for disabled young people aged 14-19 years to come and meet friends in a safe and fun packed environment. The club is held on the fourth Saturday of each month except August and December and costs are £13.00 this includes a lunch.

JJ’s has exciting activities that help young people learn new life skills and have new experiences to help build self-confidence and prepare for adulthood and independence. Every young person is encouraged to think about and work towards achieving their aspirations.

Activities include, sport, music, cooking, art and all activities are chosen by the young people attending. There is also access to the youth centres usual youth group amenities e.g. pool table, television, kitchen.

At each JJ’s a group of young people will go shopping for lunch, which will be cooked by the young people with support from the staff and volunteers. Choices are given on meal choice with information and guidance on healthy eating.

The young people are encouraged to take part in organising activities that they want to do in addition to the monthly clubs. These could be trips to the theatre, days out, music concerts, sports events etc.

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. 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 wherever possible any other requirement of the young person.

01234 351759

Parent/Carer Breakfast - Bedford and District Cerebral Palsy Society

Parent Carer breakfasts are a monthly opportunity for parents/carers of disabled children (of any age) to meet up with friends, share stories, hints and tips and support each other. A full cooked breakfast and bottomless drinks are on offer too. This is held at The Tavistock, Tavistock Road, Bedford from 9.30 a.m.
The breakfasts are held during the fourth week of any month in term time. The days alternate within that week so that it is accessible to those with regular commitments on certain days. Members will receive an email with dates and it is also posted on the BDCPS Face Book page.
Parents with children under school age can bring them along including siblings. There is a “Gateopener” support worker available for any requests for information and support.
Ocassionally BDCPS will at the request of parent/carers set up other groups or opportunities e.g. Christmas Shop and Lunch at MK with care for any under school age children required so that parents/carers can enjoy the experience.
During the summer holidays throughout the play scheme at Ridgeway School from 9.30a.m. There are two breakfasts a week. Due to the lack of cooking facilities these breakfasts are continental. Parents/carers dropping off children can go into the staff room and a team of staff and volunteers will serve them with a choice of breakfast goodies whilst they get together with friends or meet new people. Parents/carers not using the play scheme are also welcome to drop in there are usually volunteers or staff that can help if they bring a child/children.
The dates for these are sent out in the play scheme newsletter, emailed to members and posted onto the BDCPS Face Book page (people just have to “ like it” and you will get to know what we BDCPS is up to)

01234 351759

Skool’s Out

Skool’s Out is a specialist holiday play scheme for young people with Cerebral Palsy and associated disabilities living in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire aged 8 to 19 years. It takes place for three weeks during the summer holidays at Ridgeway Special School, Hill Rise, Kempston, Bedford. There are also Skool’s Out Schemes for two days at February, June and October half terms and a week’s scheme during Easter.

Skool’s Out gives the opportunity for young people to spend time having fun with friends, meeting new people and trying out a range of new things. It also gives parents a few hours break knowing that their child is safe, will have their needs met and have fun.

Activities are fun and varied, ranging from arts, crafts, outdoor sports, soft play, sensory activities, music, trips. Activities are all needs led taking into account the needs of each young person attending on that particular day. The timetables are set up based on young people’s feedback, choices and their aspirations. BDCPS prides itself on taking young people’s ideas and working with them on how can this be achieved.

The young people attending are also encouraged to take part in organising activities that they want to do in addition to the schemes. These could be trips to the theatre, days out, music concerts, sports events etc.

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. 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 wherever possible any other requirement of the young person.

Skool’s out has also offered some dates to siblings of those at the schemes over the summer and to disabled children 5 – 8 years where capacity allows. These are still at the pilot stage and BDCPS is registering interest for these in order to develop the projects.

01234 351759

Stampede

'Stampede' is a specialist monthly club for young people with Cerebral Palsy and associated disabilities living in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire aged 5 to 14 years. It takes place on the first Saturday of every month from 10am - 1pm. at Ridgeway Special School, Hill Rise, Kempston, Bedford. The cost is £9 per session.

Activities are fun and varied, ranging from arts, crafts, sports, soft play, sensory activities, games, nature activities and music. Each month is usually themed at the choice of the young people attending and their ideas for activities gained from feedback and care plans. Activities are all needs led taking into account the needs of each young person attending on that particular day.

Stampede gives the opportunity for young people to spend time having fun with friends, meeting new people and trying out new things. It also gives parents a few hours break knowing that their child is safe and will have their needs met and have fun.

The young people attending are also encouraged to take part in organising activities that they want to do in addition to the monthly clubs. These could be trips to the theatre, days out, music concerts, sports events etc.

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. 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 wherever possible any other requirement of the young person.

01234 351759