Local News on SEND
This Page features the latest news and developments in SEND
within Bedford Borough and the surrounding area.
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Childcare for Families with Disabled
This guide is designed to help families understand their rights
to free childcare for disabled children, and to help them challenge
decisions by local authorities and childcare settings, if access to
free childcare has been denied. Download guide here
Additionally, a short survey on families experiences in
accessing sufficient childcare is being undertaken by the charities
mentioned, and can be accessed here.
Parent Participation Project Social Care
Two workshops are being held on 15th June for parent
carers in Bedford Borough who may want to understand more about the
legal aspects of social care, particularly in relation to the
changes in the Children & Families Act and the Care Act.
For more information on these workshops click here.
Service Locality Teams
A table showing 0-19 Service locality teams, with details of
schools, their GP alignments, school nurses, health clinics and BBC
Children's Centres is available for Bedford Borough and Central
TANG (Tactic Additional Needs Group) in Leighton
TANG is a new youth group which runs
every Monday evening between 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm at Mentmore Road
Pavillian in Linslade.
Tactic is opening a free drop in session for
young people (aged 12 – 19) with disabilities or additional needs.
The Tactic Team (made up of qualified Youth Workers) will provide a
safe, fun and friendly environment for young people to socialise,
meet new people, develop their confidence and feel part of their
community. The session will also aim to provide specific,
professional advice and support for the centre users via a range of
For more information on the TANG Project
please contact Joe Head on 01525 373 838 or via email here
YMCA Princes Trust programme win prestigious
On Thursday 12th March a group of young people from Hemel
Hempstead were named as winners of the Community Impact Award, part
of The Prince’s Trust and Samsung Celebrate Success Awards.
Paul Hunt, CEO of YMCA Bedfordshire, said: “We are delighted to
be working in partnership with the Prince’s Trust delivering the
Hemel Hempstead Team 3 has surpassed all expectations and are
Every member of the team has been on an individual journey
overcoming many barriers and they should all be extremely proud of
what they have achieved not only as a team but also as
Caroline Barkham Programme Manager added: “The Team Programme
has been running successfully for over 2 years now in Hemel
Hempstead and has helped over 70 local young people into
employment, education or training. This award is the icing on the
Bedford Borough Council - Local Welfare
Bedford Borough Council introduced a new Local Welfare Provision
Policy from April 2013.
This scheme provides the most vulnerable residents with
assistance in the form of (1) Crisis grants and (2) Home in the
Community grants for essential household items (subject to funds
being available). For more information see these
pages from the Bedford Borough Website
Early Help Strategy 2015-2018 Consultation
Over the past 4 months the council has been developing an Early
Help Strategy for Bedford Borough. The strategy builds on the
consultation events held in the summer of 2014 in which many of you
were involved. The events provided a wealth of useful feedback, all
of which has been used in the development of the current draft
To view the draft strategy click here
For the summary leaflet click here
Parenting Programmes in Bedford Borough
All the programmes outlined are currently available to families
living in Bedford Borough. If you feel that you might benefit from
the programme, please discuss this with a relevant professional
such as your child's SENDCo or social worker who should complete an
assessment using the Common Assessment Framework.
Click here for more information on each
of the programmes currently available.
A New Website Launched
Central Bedfordshire want to know about your views and
experiences on Health and or Social Care in your local area. Find
more information here
Goldington Family Centre Local Child Contact
Child Contact Centres are great places for children to spend
time with a parent they no longer live with. Grandparents and other
family members can also use the centre. When parents separate or
divorce many face emotional and practical issues which can take
time to resolve. Parents also may find it hard to discuss and
arrange child contact. Child Contact Centres are places where
contact can take place safely and where parents do not have to
meet. Details of how to refer to this service can be found at the
GFC website and further
information about how the service is run can be found here.
Bedford Borough Parent Carers Forum
here to download the first edition of this newsletter from
Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum.