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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

Mental Health and Wellbeing Services

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) provides mental health services for people in Bedfordshire.

The service has been commissioned by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG), in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council.

We are committed to the ongoing development of mental health and learning disability services.


01525 864430

SENSE - Individual Support

At Sense, our services for disabled children and adults with complex communication needs are built around the wishes and needs of each individual, providing specialist support exactly where it’s needed – in the home or community.

Our person-centred approach, using total communication, means we can support you as an individual, and your family, in the best way possible.

Individual support for people who are deafblind
Sense Communicator Guides and Intervenors can support people who are deafblind, their families, carers, and the professionals who work with them.

03003 309256

SENSE - Sense Holidays and Short Breaks

On a Sense Holiday or Sense Short Break, you’re in charge of the fun.

Whether you join one of our weekly activity groups or come away with us on a week away, you’ll get to choose what you do, make new friends and try things that you might not have thought possible.

As a parent, relative or carer, you can relax and enjoy a break from your caring responsibilities, knowing that your loved one is safe and having an amazing time.

03003 309256

Stroke Association

We are the UK’s leading charity dedicated to conquering stroke. We deliver stroke services across the UK, campaign for better stroke care, invest in research and fundraise to expand our reach to as many stroke survivors as possible.

WE CAN HELP BY:
- listening and talking through your situation
- giving information about stroke, making suggestions and exploring the options available to you
- discussing rehabilitation and recovery after stroke
- pointing you towards people and services that offer support after a stroke
- putting you in touch with relevant local and national organisations
- telling you how to reduce your risk of stroke
- sending leaflets and factsheets with information about stroke
- directing you to further sources of information and useful resources.

Please visit our website for further information via the link.

01234 792686

Support for Pupils with Hearing Impairment

The Deaf and Hearing Impairment Team are a specialist service providing support across Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. We work with people of all ages who are profoundly Deaf or have an acquired hearing loss.

People are offered an assessment of their hearing /communication difficulties and, if they meet eligibility criteria, can be provided with services to help them towards living as independently as possible in the community. This includes financial help towards the cost of assistive hearing devices through the Direct Payment Scheme.

01234 718318

Tired Out

Tired Out is Family Fund’s new sleep support hub which aims to help parents and carers of disabled children to sleep better. It pulls sleep information and resources together in one place. This includes information about support available to families in their local area, useful sleep tips and a wide range of research, resources and stories from families themselves.

01904 550055

Visual Impairment Team

We work with people of all ages with a visual impairment whose sight cannot be corrected by glasses or medical treatment. The majority of our referrals come from local and national hospitals for registration purposes, but anyone can refer to us if they are experiencing difficulties with their vision.

After an assessment, we can offer a rehabilitation plan tailored to meet a person’s needs. This may include:

Instruction on how to complete daily living tasks such as cooking, making drinks, using the telephone, and writing
Mobility training to complete local routes independently
Appropriate specialist equipment
Sign posting to local and national VI services

We aim to provide specialist knowledge and support to ensure that people understand their eye condition, regain confidence and independence, and are aware of other services available to them.

01234 718318