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Signpost Volunteers

Bedford Mencap Signpost Volunteers are all parents of young people and adults with learning disabilities. They are trained to listen and to give support and information to anyone with learning disabilities and their family and carers. If you would like to speak to somebody please contact the Visitors below or come to their information mornings at Bedford Central Library:

Name Telephone number
Mrs May Bonney 01234 781 254
Mrs Mary Curran 01234 306 637
Mrs Marian Harrington 01234 359 114
Mrs Veronica Scargill 01234 740 361
Mrs Alyson Scott 01234 852 728
Mrs Anne Tombs 01234 822 949
Mrs Denise Newnham 01234 354 698
Mrs Maria Hubbard 01234 888 758

Information Coffee Mornings

The Signpost Volunteers hold a monthly drop-in coffee morning on the 4th Friday of each month (excluding August and December) at Carers in Bedfordshire (see address below). Signpost Volunteers are available to give advice and support.

Carers in Bedfordshire

This is a registered charity providing support, advocacy and training to carers. Support groups are run in: Ampthill, Bedford, Biggleswade, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard and Shefford.

Services include: a helpline, newsletter, training sessions for parents, social events: dances, quiz nights, theatre trips, etc.

Pampers sessions every Thursday night.

Carers in Bedfordshire
Suite K
Sandland Court
Pilgrim Centre
Brickhill Drive
MK41 7PZ

Tel: 0300 111 1919
Website: www.carersinbeds.org.uk

The Hub

The Hub is a session for carers aged between the ages of 16 and 21.

Carers in Bedfordshire
Goldington Centre
10 Barkers Lane
MK41 9SJ

Tel: 01234 214 914
Email: contact@carersinbeds.co.uk
Website: www.carersinbeds.co.uk

The Disability Resource Centre

The Disability Resource Centre is an independent organisation and a registered charity providing independent information and advice to people with disabilities, their families, carers and fellow professionals. The centre acts as a focal point for disability services locally, and combines a variety of statutory and voluntary sector services under one roof.

Poynters House
Poynters Road

Tel: 01582 470 900
Website: www.drcbeds.org.uk

Bedford and District Cerebral Palsy Society

This Society provides a range of services to people of all ages with cerebral palsy and associated disabilities including information, support, helpline and play schemes.

43 Bromham Road
MK40 2AA

Tel: 01234 351 759
Email : cp.enquiries@bdcps.org.uk
Website: www.bdcps.org.uk

ADHD/ADD Family Support Group (Milton Keynes)

Tel: 01908 675 110
Tel: 01908 676 779

Bedfordshire Downs Syndrome Support Group

11 St Vincents
Woburn Sands
Milton Keynes
MK17 8NR

Tel: 01908 585662

Rett Syndrome Association

Tel: 01582 798 911

Autism Bedfordshire

Autism Bedfordshire is a charity providing services for families and people on the autistic spectrum. Support services include:

A help line, monthly newsletter, LOAF (Loads Of Autistic Fun) weekend respite sessions in Bedford, Biggleswade, Luton and Leighton Buzzard (see below). Summer play schemes in Bedford and Luton. Summer outings for young people,

Salamander House
St Johns St
Tel: 01234 350 704
Email: enquiries@autismbeds.org
Website: www.autismbeds.org

Parent Partnership Service

The Parent Partnership Service is a free, confidential and impartial service for parents and carers of children with special educational needs.

Parent Partnership Service
Borough Hall
Caudwell Street
MK42 9AP

Tel: 01234 276267
Email: parent.partnership@bedford.gov.uk
Website: www. bedford.gov.uk

Door to Door

Door to Door is a transport service for those in Bedford Borough who cannot use public transport.

Tel: 01234 345 327

Citizens Advice Bureau

7a St Paul’s Square
MK40 1SQ

Tel: 0844 245 1290
Website: www. bedfordcab.org.uk

Bedford Community Rights

Tel: 01234 364 558


Wyvern House
Bromham Road
MK40 2EH

Tel: 0845 604 3719

Powher Advocacy

Tel: 0300 456 2370
Email: power@powher.net
Website: www.powher.net

Social Services

The Bedford Borough Council is responsible for adult social care services in the borough area. You can find lots more information on the Bedford Borough Council website: www.bedford.gov.uk

For general enquiries, support, advice and referrals to the Adult Learning Disabilities team contact:

Bedford Duty Team
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP
Tel: 01234 276 762

Monday to Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm and Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm

Out of hours service: Emergency Duty Team Tel: 0300 300 8123

Day Centres for Adults

Referral for day centre access is via Bedford Borough Council Social Services department.

Centre for Independent Living
21-23 Gadsby Street
MK40 3HP

Tel: 01234 718 030

Kempston Centre
Carnell Close

Tel: 01234 718 326

The following centres are in the Central Bedfordshire district:

Biggleswade Centre
142 London Road

Tel: 01717 312 042

Silsoe Horticultural Centre

Tel: 01525 860 999

Ampthill Day Centre

Tel: 01525 405 368

Leighton Buzzard Day Centre

Tel: 01525 372 676

Houghton Regis Day Centre

Tel: 01582 865 700

Respite Care

For fuller details of residential homes and care facilities you can contact Social Services or your Mencap Signpost Volunteer (see details above)

George Beal House

George Beal House is a Social Services run home providing residential respite care for adults.

Williamson Road

Tel: 01234 718 226


Foxgloves is a Social Services run home providing respite care for children with learning disabilities from 8 to 18. Foxgloves provides an after school social club and overnight respite care.

91 Bromham Road
MK40 4BS

Tel: 01234 341 952

Residential Homes

The Royal Mencap Society runs the following local homes:

South Lodge
Sidney Road

Tel: 01234 312 432

11 Sidney Road

Tel: 01234 302 807

20 Campbell Road

Tel: 01234 270 385

9 Campbell Road

Tel: 01234 365 857

Silverdale Street

Tel: 01234 302 432

Education and Work Experience

Beds Garden Carers
BGC is a local charity which provides training and work experience for adults with learning disabilities.

There is a Saturday Club for adults.

For more information please contact: Sharon Hart at sharon@bedsgardencarers.org.uk

1 Brereton Road
MK40 1HU.

Tel: 01234 352 899 / 352 876

Bedford College

Bedford College provides a wide range of academic and vocational courses with additional support for people with learning disabilities.

Cauldwell Street

Tel: 01234 291 000

For further information call the Additional Support Department on 01234 291 905

Email: info@bedford.ac.uk
Website: www.bedford.ac.uk

Shuttleworth College

Shuttleworth College offers a variety of courses in ‘vocational’ subjects with links to outdoor careers and pursuits.

Shuttleworth College
Old Warden Park
Nr. Biggleswade
SG18 9DX

Tel: 01767 626222
Email: enquiries@shuttleworth.ac.uk
Website: www.shuttleworth.ac.uk

Moulton College
Moulton College is a higher education college in Northamptonshire which provides accessible courses in many subjects including: agriculture, horticulture and animal welfare.

West Street

Tel: 01604 491 131

Email: enquiries@moulton.ac.uk
Website: www.moulton.ac.uk


Special Schools

St John’s Special School & College
St John’s is a mixed day school for children and young people between the ages of 2 and 19 who have severe learning disabilities. Children are admitted throughout the year depending on availability of places within the class groups and departments and subject to statutory assessment procedures.

Austin Canons
Bedford Road
MK42 8AA

Tel: 01234 345 565
Email: office@st-johns-school.co.uk
Website: www.st-johns-school.co.uk

Grange Academy
Grange Academy is a school for pupils whose special needs fall mainly within the category of Moderate Learning Disabilities. The Academy has pupils between the ages of 5 and 16 years of age. Visits to Grange Academy can be arranged by telephoning the school office.

Halsey Road
MK42 7JD

Tel: 01234 407 100
Fax: 01234 407 110
Email: grangesch@deal.bedfordshire.gov.uk
Website: www.grange.beds.sch.uk


Faith and Light
A social and fellowship group for people with learning difficulties and their friends.

The group meets at the Church Hall, St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Goldington, Bedford, MK41 0AP on the third Sunday of each month between 5.00pm and 7.00pm.

Contact: Mary and Rev. Derek Draper
Tel: 01480 384 031

Acorn Prospects: Alternate Mondays at Kempston Centre.

Coffee Mornings: Thursdays at Roise St Pentecostal Church.

Tel: Ruth Heathfield on 01234 310 447 or 07500 927 410

Leisure time

The centre runs inclusive arts projects including photography, painting and film.

Bedford Creative Arts
1 Create Studios
104 Midland Road
MK40 1QE

Tel: 01234 818 670

Website: www.bedfordcreativearts.org.uk

Riding For the Disabled (RDA)

The Elizabeth Curtis Centre
Chestnut Avenue

Tel: 01234 824 469 or 0845 241 4380

More details are available from the website: www.elisabethcurtiscentre.co.uk

Bedford and District Handicapped Riders Association

The Riding Centre
Balls Lane

Tel: 01234 838 362

Bedfordshire Games
An annual athletics meeting for teenagers and adults with learning disabililties. Held at the Bedford International Athletics Stadium, Barkers Lane, Bedford Contact Elaine Russell 01234 214942 or Ann Tredget 01234 345565.

North Beds Toy Library
North Beds Toy Library loans toys in good condition to parents, grandparents and childminders including specialist toys for children with profound disabilities.

The Child Development Centre

Tel: 01234 310 278

Health Services

Child Development Centre
The Child Development Centre (CDC) is a centre for children from 0-19 with disabilities and special needs. It works to help children reach their full educational, physical and emotional potential. Health, education and social services staff work at the centre as a team to assess children’s needs.

Hill Rise

Tel: 01234 310 278

Children’s Respite Care

The children’s hospice service supports families from across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes caring for a child or young person diagnosed with a life-limiting condition. General enquiries: 01582 492339

Keech Cottage
Childrens Hospice
Great Bramingham Lane
Nr Luton

Tel: 01582 492 339

Email general enquiries: pasque@pasque.org
Website: www.pasque.org

Bedfordshire Continence Service
Tel: 01582 528 820 or 01582 528 821

Twinwoods Health Resource Centre
An NHS run centre which offers treatments and therapies for people with learning disabilities. Service referral is via: Your GP, other health professional, School Nurse, SENCO or social worker.

Milton Road
MK41 6AT

Tel: 01234 310 589 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

Mencap – Regional Office Covering Bedfordshire

Dawn Line, Regional Partnership Officer
East Region
Mencap, Suite 2 Malvern Gate
Bromwich Road

Telephone: 01933 359 294

Email: dawn.line@mencap.org.uk