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Access Bedford

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.

07548 940269

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

Beds Garden Carers - Bridging The Gap

School Holiday Club
Covering all school holidays and all teacher training days, teenagers are able to spend time with their peers at BGC. We organise a range of activities covering morning (9a.m – 12.45p.m) , afternoon (1.15p.m – 5.00p.m) or all day sessions. Where possible we prefer the activities to be chosen by the young people.

Aimed at young people between the age of 14 and 19 who have Learning disabilities, Autism and Challenging behaviour.

01234 352899

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'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

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.


Elisabeth Curtis Centre, Riding for the Disabled

We provide mental and physical therapy for disabled people through the medium of horse riding. We do have some restrictions. The rider must be no more than 10.5 stone in weight. They must be weight bearing for at least a few minutes, so as to be able to mount the horse. We also have a waiting list for places on our riding sessions.

01234 824469

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

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

Kempston Youth Centre

Kempston Youth Centre is a multi purpose building used by a range of Bedford Borough Council teams and external organisations to deliver youth projects, family & parenting courses, informal learning and training. The youth centre is fully wheelchair accessible and available to hire.

01234 718668

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