FOR YOUNG PEOPLE & FAMILIES
Our youth clubs are inspriring, fun and creative, offering exciting activities and life skills for young people with cerebral palsy and associated disabilities aged from 0 to 25. We pride ourselves on our reputation for providing fun-packed, inclusive, stimulating and empowering activities. We offer a 1:1 staff ratio allowing access to unique and inspiring opportunities for young people with complex physical and health needs.
"Extraordinary activities for extraordinary young people"
Skool's Out Playschemes run in the school holidays. These are full days (9:30am - 3:30pm) of fun, inclusive, creative and empowering activities led by experienced staff and supported by volunteers who are all fully trained and DBS checked. For ages 8-17 years.
Summer Playscheme runs for three weeks, Easter Playscheme runs for five days and half-term Playschemes run for two days.
"Breaking down barriers through play"
A specialist monthly youth club for young people aged 5 to 12 (as of September 2017). Stampede takes place on the first Saturday of every month from 10am - 1pm.
Activities are fun and varied, ranging from arts and crafts, sports and games, outdoor walks and nature activities, themed sessions, trips out to access the local community, music etc.
"Removing dependence, promoting independence"
A teenage youth club for young people aged 13-17 (as of September 2017). JJ's Crew is a lively youth club offering teenagers a chance to spend quality time together learning new things and having fun at the same time. JJ's takes place on the fourth Saturday of every month from 10am - 1pm.
Each month is themed (eg. teamwork, communication, healthy living) and is based loosely around three optional activities (sport, cooking and media/arts/drama).
"Acheiving, Creating, Empowering - Without Limits!"
A pioneering monthly youth club for those in the transition age group (18 to 25). ACE Unlimited Club takes place on the fourth Thursday of every month (7pm - 9pm). We combine action-packed, exciting activities with life skills in order to achieve self-confidence and prepare for adulthood and independence.
The young people are encouraged to form cohesive peer groups and organise activities they want to do in addition to the monthly clubs. These could be trips to the theatre, days out, music concerts, sports events etc.
College's Out runs in the school holidays. Over the summer holiday we run one week of sports activities and one week of arts based activities. For ages 18-25 years.
We operate College's Out from University of Bedfordshire, Bedford.
In addition to these amazing youth clubs and activity schemes, BDCPS also offer access to bespoke residential trips and special days out to sports events, music concerts, theatre shows etc.
Past adventures include: a trip to see Stomp, a residential visit to Center Parcs including a Plan B concert, The Chellington Centre Residential, trip to the London Paralympics, visits to Kempston Outdoor Centre and the Caldecotte Xperience, Rhythms of the World Festival, watching England rugby internationals at Twickenham and a BedFringe Festival theatre performance!
Sweet Peas is a monthly early years SEN playgroup for 0-5 year olds. We have 2 monthly sessions held in different locations, one at Sunflower House, Bedfordand one at the CDC, Kempston. Music, stories and sesnory play are all on offer in an informal and relaxed environment giving parents and carers a chance to get together as well.
For more information please email us on or phone us on 01234 351759.
A family swim club based in St John's School hydrotherapy pool allows young people to swim with parents, carers and siblings in a relaxed environment in a highly specialised swimming pool with fully adapted changing rooms, hoists, toys, jacuzzi etc. Held on the fourth Sunday of every month.
A handful of staff and volunteers are available to assist alongside a fully qualified lifeguard.
A horse riding club held at Willington BDHRA on a various Saturday mornings throughout the year. For young people aged 8-19 (weight restrictions apply). It is amazing to see the effects of horse riding on the young people who take part. They love it!
Provides access to up-to-date information on local and national contacts for a wide range of topics regarding cerebral palsy and associated disabilities. Essential news and facts regarding support groups, newsletters, advocacy, campaigning and social activities are also provided. A friendly and professional team can help with a variety of problems and issues you may be facing.
A Bedford and District Cerebral Palsy Society sub committee meet quarterly to consider grants to individuals and families who are in need of specialist equipment for example, customised wheelchairs, second skins, splints, short residential breaks etc.
This is an opportunity for parents and carers to enjoy a relaxing time with others. This is normally in the form of a breakfast get-together yet we also include activities such as beauty therapies, country walks, health and fitness classes, visits to art galleries, stately homes and gardens, pampering sessions or being creative together.
It is a fantastic way to share experiences, advice, information and providing each other with care and support as well as having fun! Having the understanding of those who have been through similar experiences allows parents and carers to feel less isolated and better informed to face the challenges ahead.
Places for siblings are now available on our playschemes. It is a great opportunity for these often overlooked young people to enjoy a day out with their disabled brothers and sisters, or to get together with other siblings and have a great time. Following an extremely successful and popular pilot in 2013, we are looking to increase the number of opportunities available for these amazing young people!
Assistance and Welfare for Parents, Families and Carers
BDCPS are committed to supporting families and carers by providing assistance and critical support to help access
appropriate servcies by advocating, supporting at meetings, providing a friendly, listening ear and offering unique opportunities.