Local Charity Information

Bedford & District Cerebral Palsy Society

Main contact: Adam Emmes adam@bdcps.org.uk

​Originally established in 1954, Bedford and District Cerebral Palsy Society (BDCPS) is a small local charity which provides flagship Playschemes and youth clubs for disabled young people (aged 0 to 25) BDCPS focus on ABILITY rather than disability and go to great lengths to ensure all clubs are inclusive, creative, inspiring and empowering.

Whizz Kids

Main contact: Dermott Dolan d.dolan@whizz-kidz.org.uk

Whizz Kids' mission is to transform the lives of disabled children by providing the equipment, support and life skills they need, when they need them – giving them the chance to develop their full potential.

Headway Bedford

Main Contacts: Liz Findlay liz@headwaybedford.org.uk & Stephanie Wingrove stephanie@headwaybedford.org.uk

Headway Bedford provide a supportive and stimulating environment for people who have an acquired brain injury. Brain injury is the largest cause of acquired disability in the working age population – it's most commonly caused by road traffic accidents, assaults, falls and strokes. The consequences of brain injury can be life changing for the individual and those close to them.

Families United Network

Main Contact: Diane Rhodes diane@familiesunitednetwork.org.uk

Families United Network (FUN) is a registered Charity and membership organisation which works to support children, young people and families living with disabilities throughout Bedfordshire.

Active Futures

Main Contact: Emily Andrews emily.andrews@active-futures.org.uk

Active Futures 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 Active Futures aim 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.

They 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.


Main Contacts: Gaye Beattie gaye.beattie@btinternet.com (Leighton Buzzard) & Philip Hetherington philip.hetherington@mencap.org.uk (Luton)

MENCAP see themselves as the leading voice supporting people with learning disabilities. Everything they do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.

Sight Concern

Main Contacts: Mark Chapman MarkChapman@sightconcern.org.uk (Luton) & Susanne Freer SusanneFreer@sightconcern.org.uk (Bedford)

The main aim of Sight Concern Bedfordshire is to support people with different levels of visual impairments across the county. SCB is a local, independent charity which aims to enhance the independence and quality of life of all blind and partially sighted people, in Bedfordshire and Luton.

Disability Resource Centre

Main Contacts: Mick Dillon mickdillon@drcbeds.org.uk & Melanie Hawman Melanie.Hawman@drcbeds.org.uk

The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) provides free advice on any aspect of living with a disability. They can also provide info/advise on personalisation, equipment facilities and events

For further details call 01582 470900. Open Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm.

Kids in Action

Main Contact: Ron Overton ronkidsinaction@aol.co.uk

Kids in Action is a Registered Charity, which provides support for disabled and disadvantaged children and young people and there families. They provide opportunities to get involved with a variety of sporting and social activities and they run a youth and holiday clubs all year round

Autism Bedfordshire

Main Contact: Elizabeth McTernan liz.mcternan@autismbeds.org

Autism Bedfordshire is an independent charity providing information, advice, emotional and practical support to individuals with Autistic Spectrum Conditions,(A.S.C.) their parents/carers, families and associated professionals throughout Bedfordshire and Luton.

The charity was founded in 1991 by parents of autistic children, to share information and support each other. Over the years the charity has expanded and developed its services, earning a widespread reputation for being an excellent provider of quality autism support. It is estimated that over 6,000 people in the county have A.S.C. and Autism Bedfordshire is the only voluntary organisation that is specialised in supporting children, young people and adults with A.S.C.

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