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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.
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.
Our aim is to support self-management of a condition deemed ‘incurable’ and inadequately serviced, to give better support and quality of life for a wide group of patients diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Type III (Hypermobility type) and possibly some Classic type BUT NOT (at outset) vascular EDS patients or any other type.
As part of this vision we would like to offer ‘Activity’ groups for children aged 5-16years. Physiotherapy, if offered, is time limited and many children are then expected to go on and join main stream sports clubs to continue their activity. Children with this condition often need to increase muscle strength to support lax joints, improve stamina in order to keep up with peers and have balance/co-ordination issues and gross motor skill delay. This means that children often lack confidence and basic skills to be ready for main stream clubs. Our aim is to provide a weekly activity group to provide consistent activity, a supportive environment to develop muscle strength, core strength and basic skills. Each child will be individually assessed and evaluated to track their progress. We also plan to link up with local sports clubs so that when the child feels ready and if they have an interest in a particular sport we plan to offer a handover, educating the club and supporting the child in the transition.
The Acute Inpatient Service provides 24 hour treatment and care in a safe and therapeutic setting, actively engaging and involving people who are experiencing an acute mental health episode which cannot be managed in a less restrictive setting, owing to the degree of risk, clinical need or patient choice. Many of those admitted will require detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Amendment Act 2007. Where necessary, intense supervision and support will be provided.
Patients receive individualised care and treatment based on the Care Programme Approach (CPA) which highlights crisis management and a place of safety, specialised risk assessments and risk management, intensive assessment, treatment and therapy, stabilisation of acute symptoms and relapse prevention.
The service offers:
•assistance to acquire and enhance coping skills that promote and enable self-help and the self-management of mental health problems and difficulties;
•collaborative, structured approach towards assisting people to achieve their own recovery;
•diverse range of care interventions;
•individualised planning of treatment and care;
•specialist mental health and risk assessment;
•five Detox beds (three Keats, Bedford / two Coral, Luton).
Staff in these wards work closely with the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Teams (CRHT) and the Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT).
Within Bedfordshire and Luton we provide an Adult Autism Service (AAS) for adults aged 18+.
The service provides assessment, treatment and advice for people who are suspected as having an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and require a definite diagnosis, followed by help to access the most appropriate service e.g. health, social care or support group.
The service operates on a multi-disciplinary model of local and community based assessment and diagnosis and works alongside existing Specialist Health Services, Local Authorities, independent and voluntary services.
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.
Around 6% of children starting school have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) - an average of 2 in every classroom.
Afasic is the UK charity representing children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties, working for their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers.
Our Advice and Information Services provide support to thousands of people every year, including Helpline and email support, free to download factsheets and access to our local networks.
If you are a parent or young person wanting help and more information, go to www.afasic.org.uk or ring our Helpline on 0300 666 9410.
The main aim of pre-school is to provide care and education for children aged 2 years 6 months – 5 years. We aim to provide a safe, secure and welcoming environment where children are valued as individuals and where they can learn by playing together. We believe that young children learn best through play and aim to provide a range of activities that capture children’s interests and imaginations and help them to learn new concepts and develop their skills. We will support children and families until the children move on to school.
The Pre-school has links with the Toddler group which meets in the same space and families are very welcome to attend these sessions on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30-3pm.
Provides a short break for parents/carers from their child for the duration of the session.
Allows members to meet others in their peer group, outside school or family.
Allows parents/carers to discuss any concerns with us or other parent/carers at the beginning or
end of each session.
We are a Voluntary Organisation.
We are a team of advisory teachers offering a service which focuses on supporting pupils who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) or pupils whose difficulties could be attributed to social communication difficulties but who do not have a diagnosis.
The key purpose of our service is to enable staff to cater for the needs of pupils on the autism spectrum so that they are able to access the curriculum and cope with the social demands of educational environments. We offer different levels of intervention.
- Autism awareness training including general strategies to help pupils with ASC.
- More bespoke training can be organised request.
General practical strategies are outlined during training sessions. These strategies help enable schools and their staff to cater for the needs of many children on the Autism Spectrum. The implementation of the specified strategies aim to help a large number of children on the spectrum.
Additional support may be requested for children with more complex difficulties. Where the child continues to have difficulties in accessing the curriculum or in coping with the social demands of school despite these interventions, and where these difficulties are attributable to ASC, the school may request additional help from the service.
Consultation visits to school can be requested on receipt of an IEP showing the pupil's response to strategies in place together with a signed, completed referral form.