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Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) is one of the largest and best known hospitals in the UK. The Trust comprises Addenbrooke's and the Rosie, offering general and specialist and women's and maternity care respectively. As well as delivering care through Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie, it is also:
a leading national centre for specialist treatment for rare or complex conditions
a government-designated biomedical research centre
one of only five academic health science centres in the UK
a university teaching hospital with a worldwide reputation
a partner in the development of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus
CUH’s vision is to be one of the best academic healthcare organisations in the world.
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.
We have 3 staff members who are qualified SEND and will support and tailor individual educational plans accordingly, and where possible, include children into our everyday activities and events.
I offer a childcare service. I care for 3 children under 5 years old. I currently do not care for older school age children as I feel my time is already taken up with the younger children.
I offer an individual service for each child to accommodate their unique needs.
My setting is a warm and loving home based service and I offer the children many different learning and development opportunities, through play using adult and child led play.
Autism Bedfordshire is a charity that provides services to individuals with autism, their families, carers and professionals across Bedfordshire. Our key purpose is to provide emotional and practical support as well as information, advice, guidance and advocacy.
The outcomes our services deliver (as evidenced by our monitoring and evaluation) are:
1. Individuals with autism and their families will feel less isolated.
2. Individuals with autism will develop confidence, self-esteem, communication, social and life skills.
3. Parents will feel less stressed and better able to cope.
4. Parents will improve their knowledge about autism and the services available.
Autism is a lifelong disability so our membership reflects this as we support both children and adults. We run countywide services for our members including:
- family support groups (L.O.A.F. - Loads of Autistic Fun)
- youth groups (Wanted Fun)
- summer activity schemes
- extended services (e.g. trampolining, golf and swim sessions)
- skills training courses for adults with autism
- social groups for adults with autism
- parent training
- autism awareness training for professions (levels 1, 2 and 3)
- a helpline service (01234 350704) with trained and experienced team members on hand to answer calls (anything from services enquiries to crisis calls).
Autism Bedfordshire’s members can access books and other resources from our library and will receive our bi-monthly newsletter giving details about our services and other groups and activities that may be of interest. We also communicate information to members and our staff through e-newsletters. We have a website that anyone can access and we are on Facebook and Twitter.
Living with autism isn’t easy, but finding out all about it should be. www.autismlinks.co.uk covers who to talk to, where to go and contains lots of helpful advice all in one place.
Some estimate that 1 in 100 people have autism. Others say it’s more like 1 in 88. Whatever the real figures, the good news is that there’s lots of support out there to help you make sense of the world of autism. Charities, support groups, and specialist service providers, are all ready to share advice and experience whenever you need it.
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