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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.
ACE Unlimited is a monthly youth club for disabled young people aged 18-25 to come and meet friends in a safe and fun packed environment.
ACE 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum.
A parent carer forum is a group of parent carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). We work in partnership with those that provide and plan services for our children to make sure that they know what we need.
Our aim is for high quality, cost effective services that meet the needs of the young people and their families. We do this by listening to the views and experiences of our members then feed this back to managers, commissioners and service providers. We are not a support group or a protest group but we aim to tell those that plan and deliver services what families think, what families need, what is or isn't important and what works or doesn't work.
Provides welfare benefits advice for people referred through Social Services.