USEFUL LINKS

Here you will be able to find information about other local and national organisations that might be of interest to you. Click on the links to learn a bit more about each one.

Here you will be able to find information about other local and national organisations that might be of interest to you. Click on the links to learn a bit more about each one.

NATIONAL

 

CONTACT

Contact supports families of disabled children across the UK, whatever their condition or disability. They provide information, advice and support and bring families together. Contact campaigns to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society.

W: www.contact.org.uk   E: info@contact.org.uk   T: 0808 808 3555

MACINTYRE

MacIntyre provides learning, support and care for more than 1,500 children, young people and adults who have a learning disability and/or autism, at more than 150 services across England and Wales. A wide range of services includes registered care homes, supported living, outreach, accredited training schemes and lifelong learning services, as well as a residential special school and further education provision.

W: www.macintyrecharity.org   E: hello@macintyrecharity.org   T: 01908 230100

THE MAKATON CHARITY

The Makaton Charity exists to ensure that everyone living with learning or communication difficulties has the tools and resources they need to communicate. They provide training, 

advice and support to families, carers, and professionals; 

develop and produce printed and electronic resourceswork 

with others to make their information accessible; work in partnership to influence society and empower people. 

W: www.makaton.org   E: info@makaton.org   T: 01276 606 760

MENCAP

Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability, supporting thousands of people with a learning disability to do the things they love. Find advice, support, services and much, much more.

W: www.mencap.org.uk   E: helpline@mencap.org.uk   T: 0808 808 1111

LOCAL

 

1ST BEDFORDSHIRE INCLUSIVE GIRLGUIDING 

The South Bedfordshire Division now has an Additional Needs Girlguiding Unit - but everyone is welcome from wherever you live. Nicknamed 'BIGG', the unit is for girls aged 5 to 14 who may not be able to attend the usual weekly meetings, but still want to experience the opportunities that Girlguiding has to offer. Meet new friends whilst trying exciting activities and become part of a worldwide community of girls who come together to have fun, learn and make things happen. Meetings run on Saturday mornings in Leighton Buzzard. Take a look at their Facebook page for more information.

W: www.girlguiding.org.uk   E: specialneeds@bedsguiding.org.uk

CARERS IN BEDFORDSHIRE

Carers in Bedfordshire is a not-for-profit registered charity providing support for carers of family members and friends throughout Bedfordshire.

W: www.carersinbeds.org.uk   E: contact@carersinbeds.org.uk   T: 0300 111 1919

FAMILIES UNITED NETWORK (FUN)

FUN is a member based charity supporting children and young people living with additional needs or disabilities throughout Bedfordshire.                        

W: www.familiesunitednetwork.org.uk   E: info@familiesunitednetwork.org.uk   T: 01582 420800

FREDDIE & FRIENDS SUNSHINE STOP

Freddie & Friends is a non-profit company providing a venue and service for the local additional needs community. It is starting to fundraise to make this happen in Leighton Buzzard to support all ages and abilities.

W: www.freddiesunshine.co.uk   E: freddiesunshinestop@gmail.com

HORSES HELPING PEOPLE

A therapeutic horsemanship centre located on the Bucks/Beds border, which benefits a wide range of adults and children, including those with behavioural challenges, mental health problems and learning difficulties. It helps to improve mental and physical wellbeing and social skills.

W: www.horseshelpingpeople.co.uk   E: info@horseshelpingpeople.co.uk   T: 01525 377688

INNOVATIONS

Innovations is a service for adults with learning disabilities and Autism covering all areas of development and key life skills. They strive to offer a high quality service for inspirational growth and development, with programs designed to help individuals achieve their potential in a vibrant and innovative environment.

W: www.innovations-wow.com   E: info@innovations-wow.com   T: 07846 338153

KIDS IN ACTION

Based in Dunstable, Kids in Action provides support and social opportunities for children and young adults with special needs and disabilities, aiming to make a positive difference to each and every individual, encouraging their participation in social activities, in a safe, non-judgemental environment.

W: www.kidsinaction.org.uk   E: info@kidsinaction.org.uk   T: 01582 477762

LEIGHTON BUZZARD OTTERS SWIMMING CLUB

A swimming club founded in 1993 for people with disabilities, based in Leighton Buzzard. 

W: www.facebook.com/LB-Otters-Swimming-Club-1691342481097852/

LIMITLESS BY MENCAP

LIMITLESS is a social group by Mencap in Dunstable for adults with learning disabilities, putting on a wide range of weekly themed activities.   W: www.facebook.com/LimitlessByMencap/   

E: limitlessmencap@gmail.com   T: 07958 734913

L.O.A.F. (AUTISM BEDFORDSHIRE)

L.O.A.F. provides a place where children with autism and their families can feel comfortable, accepted and valued. It is a calm, supportive environment that enables the children to feel safe, join in and not be judged if they don’t.

W: https://www.autismbedfordshire.net/saturday-services-loaf   T: 01234 214871

OUTSIDE-IN

Outside-iN is dedicated to supporting and educating families, adults and professionals living with or working with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and associated conditions.

W: www.outsidein-solutions.com   E: enquiries@outsidein-solutions.org   T: 07824 634762

SNAP PARENT CARER FORUM

SNAP are a Parent Participation Forum enabling parent carers to participate in developing and influencing local services. They work with service providers, individuals and organisations to bring real-life perspective and experience to the planning and development of services that families use. Check out the online events calendar to find out what's on in Central Bedfordshire, and click here to find out how to become a member.

W: www.snappcf.org.uk   E: admin@snappcf.org.uk   T: 07984 545044

SPECTRUM COMMUNITY ARTS

A performing arts organisation that aims to enable participants of all ages to develop their self-esteem and self-expression in a safe, encouraging environment. A range of weekly, term-time sessions and one-off day camps that can involve dancing, singing, acting and creating, based in Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes.

W: www.spectrumca.co.uk   E: jade@spectrumca.co.uk   T: 07741 280328

TEENAGE ADDITIONAL NEEDS GROUP (TANG)

TANG provides a safe, fun and friendly environment for young people aged 12 - 19 with disabilities or additional needs, run by the TACTIC Centre in Leighton Buzzard. Qualified youth workers run free activities and games including table tennis, music, baking, football and much more! The club runs every Monday evening in Linslade.

W: www.tactic-centre.co.uk   E: tactic@leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk   T: 01525 373838

THOMLEY

Thomley is a place for people of all abilities and disabilities. They bring disabled people, their families, carers and friends together with experienced and nurturing staff that understand their needs. Thomley enhances the well-being of disabled people through delivering activities that helps develop the skills they need to run their day-to-day lives.

W: www.thomley.org.uk   E: enquiries@thomley.org.uk   T: 01844 338380

'YES WE CAN' DISABILITY SPORT

The YES WE CAN Disability Sports club was established by the Rotary Club of Leighton Linslade to provide a wide range of sporting activities for those with disabilities in Leighton Buzzard and the wider district.

W: www.leightonlinsladerotary.com/yes-we-can/  T: 01525 211484

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Email: info@lbmencap.org

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