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Local Support Organisations Updates

Find out what services, local organisations are providing during the lockdown.

If you are not sure which organisation can help, check out the Bedfordshire Carers Guide or speak to a Support Worker for advice.

If you are not sure which organisation can help, check out the Bedfordshire Carers Guide or speak to a Support Worker for advice.

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Access Bedford

ACCM UK (Seva Trust) – Bedford town

Age UK Bedfordshire – covers Bedfordshire

  • Visit website.
  • Contact by phone or email.
  • Still running home and gardening services

Alzheimer’s Society – covers Central Bedfordshire

Autism Bedfordshire – covers the whole of Bedfordshire including Luton

  • Children Services text helpline. To read more.
  • Children’s Service Covid-19 Support Group available on Facebook
  • Online support for parents of adult children. Dates 28 April, 12 May, 26 May from 7pm to 8pm. See facebook advert.

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Bedford Borough Council 

Bedford Borough Children’s Centres

Bedford Borough Local Offer.

Bedford Borough Parent Carers Forum.

Bedford Borough Sports

Bedford SEND Independent Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS). 

Bedfordshire Downs Syndrome Support Group

Bedford Open Door covers Bedford Borough & Central Bedfordshire

  • 12 sessions of free, confidential telephone / online counselling for young people aged 13 to 25 years.
  • To register or to refer a young person please call 01234 360 388, text 07922 105 200 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BRCC  

  • Your Wellbeing website.
  • You can request support from village/community agents or the Good Neighbour Schemes. Their contact number is 01234 838771.

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Caraline Support for eating disorders

Carers Eating Disorder Association (CEDA)

Central Bedfordshire Council.

Central Bedfordshire Local Offer.

Central Bedfordshire SENDIASS.

Central Bedfordshire SNAP Parent Carer Forum.

Central Bedfordshire Children Centres

Citizens Advice Bedford covering Bedford Borough & Central Bedfordshire

  • Visit website.
  • If you live and/or work within Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough you can contact Citizens Advice Bedford money advice service for free, independent and confidential advice.
  • Contact via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . See Twitter advert.

Citizens Advice Leighton Linslade

  • Visit website.
  • Telephone and email - signposting and advice on a range of issues including support to make a Universal Credit Claim and specialist debt advice

Community Works 4U

  • Able to provide DVDs to rent.
  • Contact via 07496 620 911 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for support.

Couple Village Support

D, F updated 18/5

Directions for Bedfordshire

  • Supporting people with offending histories. 
  • Visit website

Disability Resource Centre

  • Updates on their services. Visit website.
  • Chat and Collect Mobility Equipment Shop. To read more.
  • Contact via phone and email

 Families First Bedfordshire 

 Flitwick Community Lifeline by Flitwick Town Council 

  • Active on Facebook page
  • For help with shopping and other general help - 07833 314 903. 
  • For prescriptions from Highlands Surgery - 07572 167608 (office hours – held by an employee of the Town Council.)   

Flitwick Baptist Church 

The Forum: Busy Getting Stronger

Fun 4 Young People – YMCA

  • Follow on Twitter.
  • Daily activities on Zoom

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Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire

  • Just Ask in Lockdown.  This is the time we would have been on the road for our outreach programme, 'Just Ask 2020'. Talking to the community, providing information, advice and guidance about local social care, health, housing and additional services. 
    We still want to hear from you during lockdown:
  • Weekly newsletter – 23 April 20  

Hear2Listen covers Bedfordshire

Home-Start Central Bedfordshire

  • Will provide weekly support via phone, video messageing (WhatsApp, Skype) or text messaging.
  • Follow on Facebook
  • They continue to take referrals for support that can be achieved via phone.  Visit webpage for more details.

Houghton Regis Council

Houghton Regis Helpers 

 

J, K, L - updated 18/5

Jobcentre Plus Bedfordshire

  • Follow on Twitter.
  • Bedford office only - If struggling with applying for Universal Credit especially if categorised as vulnerable, ring 01234 361 636

 Knotting  - Bedford Borough

Leighton Listeners

The Lighthouse, Leighton Buzzard

  • Connecting via phone or Zoom on 07939 931 622.
  • Open Monday, Tuesday & Friday 5.30pm to 9pm & Wednesday 10am to 3pm. See poster.

Luton – Need Help

Luton Council

Luton Carers

  • Contact Carers Central. Visit website.
  • Telephone helpline available, Monday to Friday
  • Carers Virtual meetings via Zoom

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Maternity Voices Partnerships

  • Maternity Voices Groups are running using facebook.
  • Bedford Maternity Voices – search for @bedfordmvp
  • Luton & Dunstable Maternity Voices – search for @lutonmvp

MacMillan Cancer Welfare Rights Service covers Bedfordshire

  • Visit website.
  • Telephone Appts for benefits and bereavement support only at present, also can do via email.
  • Online applications for UC , blue badges etc where possible. 
  • Electronic filling of AA forms etc, emailing or posting to client for signature.

Mid Beds Cancer Support Group 

Mind BLMK - Crisis Café cover Bedfordshire

  • Crisis Café Updates. Read jpg.
    Support video - How might I deal with difficult emotions? To listen. 27/4
  • Support video - What to expect from the Mind Crisis Café. To listen. 27/4
  • Available 7 evenings a week from 5pm to 11pm. Ring on 01525 722 225. Visit Twitter.
  • Mind BLMK taking referrals for support. To read more.

MS Therapy Centre

Music24 

N, P, Q, R

NOAH Academy

Power in Discussion Community Group

  • Available to talk to people experiencing social isolation. Ring 07946 028 903.

Queens Park Community Orchard, Bedford.

Red Cross Support

  • Doing shopping for people.
  • Contact on 01234 341503 or 07525 902552. 

REMAP - Bedfordshire North

  • Visit website.
  • Closed but might be able to repair an item if needed.
  • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Ring Anthony Bond on 07982 453 108

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Samaritans – Bedford

  • Welfare Checks Services by the Samaritans.
  • Support workers need to refer -  Leaflet.

Sandy – All in Together

Sharnbrook – Bedford Borough

Shefford Town Council Support Line

  • Follow on Facebook.
  • For anyone in the community who needs help during the COVID 19 crisis. 
  • Co-ordinating local support and working together with Churches Together, Shefford Good Neighbours and Lloyds Pharmacy. 
  • Able to pick up shoppoing, walk a dog, post a letter, pay a bill, collect a prescription, deliver a hot food or chat over the phone. 
  • Volunteers with have ID badges and a password to share when organising deliver. 
  • Ring  07923 224 636 

 Shefford - Need Project, Shefford Baptist Church  

  • Provides food parcels, clothing, equipment & furniture 
  • Visit website. 
  • Follow on Facebook

 Sightconcern

  •  Visit website.
  • Telephone and online support.
  • Support packages if needed.

Signpost Bedfordshire

Sorted Counselling Services

  • Not taking any new referals at the moment.

Souldrop – Bedford Borough

SSG, Bedford

Stotfold Need Project, Kings Baptist Church

  • Provides food parcels, clothing, equipment & furniture 
  • Visit website.
  • Follow on Facebook.

St Andrew’s Money Advice

  • Visit website
  • Providing money advice via remote service 

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Tibbs Dementia Foundation

  • Activity sessions via Zoom e.g. Music 4 Memory, Fitness sessions, Poetry group
  • Posting on Youtube – click here.
  • Weekly contact calls
  • Closed facebook page. Request access
  • Sending out CST materials
  • Midweek magazine and weekly newsletter.
  • Contact Tibbs to access their support.

Tithe Barn School Foodbank, Houghton Regis

  • For families, isolated, vulnerable and elderly.
  • Ring Monday to Friday, 10 to 11.30am on 07599 995 091.

Wilstead – Bedford Borough

Wixam’s Shopping Club – Bedford Borough

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