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Young Minds

We’re the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. Find out more about us, our mission and how we work
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Young Epilepsy

For those in distress or requiring urgent support, Young Epilepsy has partnered with Shout to offer free, confidential, 24/7 text support to young people and families living with epilepsy. To start a conversation, text ‘PURPLE’ to 85258.
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YMCA Family Learning

We meet the needs of our communities, creating opportunities for all to develop in body, mind and spirit
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Winston’s Wish

Help to make sense
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Well Child

WellChild is the national UK children's charity making it possible for children and young people with exceptional health needs to be cared for at home instead of hospital, wherever possible.
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TreeHouse –Ambitious About Autism

Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. We provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and campaign for change.
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Transitions uk

Transitions UK was formed in October 2014 and born of a real frustration that the needs of our young people are not being properly addressed, let alone met. Our founder and CEO, Ron Overton, shared his vision to change that and was encouraged by others to get the charity off...
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Tourettes Action

Tourettes Action works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is the leading support and research charity for people with Tourette Syndrome and their families. We want people with TS to receive the practical support and social acceptance they need to help them live their lives to the full.
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The Prince’s Trust

We believe that every young person should have the chance to embrace exciting opportunities. So, we help 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed or struggling at school to transform their lives.
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The ME Association

We are a small medical charity and I feel very proud of all our achievements. Management and strategic direction is provided by a dedicated team of trustees, including several, like Dr Charles Shepherd, who work on a daily basis, volunteering their time for free.
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The Family Holiday Association

The Family Holiday Association is the only national charity dedicated to providing British seaside breaks and day trips for families struggling with some of the toughest challenges life can bring. The majority of families we help have never been away before. A simple break from a stressful situation can create...
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The Edward Gostling Foundation (Grants to charities not individuals)

We provide grants to other charities that support people of all ages living on low incomes who have a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness. We do not accept grant applications from individuals.
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The Children’s Society

We listen. We support. We act. Because we believe no child should feel alone.
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The Challenging Behaviour Foundation (for children and adults with SLD)

Our vision is for anyone with severe learning disabilities who displays challenging behaviour to have the same life opportunities as everyone else. We work to improve understanding of challenging behaviour, empower families with information and support, and help others to provide better services and more opportunities.
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The Avenue

Support for all those involved with a child on the Autistic Spectrum
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Talktime (10-21 years old) Chargeable telephone service

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Spectrum Support

Spectrum Support & SENDiTots run under the umbrella of FACES, Bedford. We are a parent to parent support group for parent/ carers who have children with (or believe to have) ASD and or ADHD. The aim of the group is to offer advice and support for parents/carers, as well as...
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South Beds (BDA)

We are a small group of dedicated parents and teachers, many of us with specialist dyslexia training, who offer practical help and guidance to children and adults. We are an independent registered charity, run by volunteers and entirely self funded.
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Sorted (Dunstable and Houghton Regis Youth Counselling Service)

Sorted offers a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL counselling service for young people aged between 10 and 25 years.


Established in 2001 by three parents, who have children with special needs, upon researching and finding out there was a lack of social and recreational resources and opportunities for children with special needs during out of school hours in the local area. Corresponding with the parents, local authorities, bedfordshire and...
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Single Parent Action Network

This site is an information site for anyone who is raising children on their own, whether through relationship breakup, illness, bereavement, work commitments or choice. It is run by Single Parent Action Network, a campaigning organisation working to make sure that your stories and your questions about single parenting are...
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Sight Concern Bedford & Luton

Sight Concern Bedfordshire is a local, independent charity with offices in Luton and Bedford. It was founded in 1999 by the amalgamation of three charities, Enterprises by the Blind, Sight Concern (North Bedfordshire) and The South Bedfordshire Society for the Welfare of the Blind, who had provided services for over...
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Sickle Cell Society

The Sickle Cell Society supports and represents people affected by sickle cell disorder to improve their overall quality of life.
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Sibs exists to support people who grow up with or have grown up with a disabled brother or sister. It is the only UK charity representing the needs of over half a million young siblings and over one and a half million adult siblings.
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Providing specialist advice and support for spina bifida and hydrocephalus across England, Wales and Northern Ireland
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For everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world. We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.
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We're Scope, the disability equality charity in England and Wales. We provide practical information and emotional support when it's most needed and campaign relentlessly to create a fairer society.

Sandy trampoline club 10-17yrs

Who is this for? All disabilities between 10-17 years old Where? Sandy Sports Centre, Engayne Avenue, SG19 1BL When? Thursdays, 6-7pm How much? £4 a session, please book directly with Sandy Sports Centre Who do I contact? Tina Jeeves on 01767 681872, email Please note: This group runs in...
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Royal Society for Blind Children

We provide a range of services in London and across England and Wales for blind and partially sighted children and young people, their families, and the professionals who work alongside them.
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Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

We’re the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people. We recognise everyone’s unique experience of sight loss and offer help and support for blind and partially sighted people – this can be...
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Rett UK is the only UK charity which provides professional support to people living with Rett syndrome across the UK. Rett UK was founded in 1985 round a kitchen table by Yvonne Milne MBE. Since then we have grown to be the leading provider of information to not only families...
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Potential Plus (Gifted Children)

Welcome to Potential Plus UK. We are an independent charity supporting children with high learning potential and their families. Many will remember us as the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).
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POhWER – Support for people with a learning disability

We are a charity that provides information, advocacy and advice services across England, offering direct and local support via Professionals and Volunteers. Our independent, free services reach individuals struggling with particular challenges in their lives.
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PATOSS (Tutors)

Patoss offers a range of services designed to support, grow and reinforce our members professional practice.
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PAPYRUS Prevention of young suicide

PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.
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Outside In

Outside-iN is a community interest company 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.  ADHD and ASC are complex, often hidden, spectrum conditions. Our specialist team of professionals are unique in that they all...

OAASIS (Office for Advice, Assistance, Support and Information)

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Child abuse is preventable - not inevitable. And it’s up to each of us to do everything possible to keep childhood safe from abuse, so children can grow up healthy and thrive. That’s why we're here and drives what we do. So as long as there’s abuse – we will...

No Limits Biggleswade (10-17yr olds)

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National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS)

We are the National Deaf Children’s Society, the leading charity for deaf children. We’re here for every deaf child who needs us – no matter what their level or type of deafness or how they communicate.
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National Children’s Bureau

We’re the charity that works collaboratively across the issues affecting children to influence policy and get services working together to deliver a better childhood.
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National Centre for Domestic Violence

The National Centre for Domestic Violence was established in 2003 to help survivors of domestic violence and abuse obtain protection against an abuser, as well as offering services to the police, probation service, domestic abuse agency workers, the legal profession and judiciary.

National Blind Children’s Society ( NBCS)

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National Autistic Society

We are the UK's largest provider of specialist autism services. Our trained staff and volunteers bring passion and expertise to the lives of 100,000 autistic people every year. In this section, you'll find services directed towards autistic people, parents and carers and professionals.
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Muscular Dystrophy Group

Muscular Dystrophy UK is the charity for the 70,000 people living with muscle-wasting conditions in the UK. We bring together people affected by more than 60 rare and very rare progressive muscle-weakening and wasting conditions.
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Mind BLMK works across our communities to support positive mental health and wellbeing. Working closely with a range of partners, we offer a number of activities from our wellbeing centres and local venues to make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of people in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton...
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We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
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MENCAP Learning disabilities helpline

Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers. Our vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included.

Marlins (Special Needs Water Activity Club)


We are Look, and we’re on a mission to support young visually impaired people and their families to thrive. We do this through mentoring, transformational events, youth forums and parent support groups.

L&D Specialist coaching

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Kooth 11-18yrs

XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.
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Through our life-changing work, KidsOut gives disadvantaged children positive experiences to support them becoming future members of our society and workforce.
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We offer friendly, impartial, non-judgemental information, advice and support to parents, carers and family members who are concerned about their child or young person being bullied. Bullying may be taking place inside or outside of school, in sports/youth clubs, over social platforms or phones.
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Kids In Action – Activities & clubs

Kids in Action is a charity for special needs children with a strong focus on positively transforming young people’s lives.
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Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a registered charity (number 327691) operating in England. IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
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Communication is the most fundamental life skill for children and young people. Their ability to learn and to develop friendships depends upon it, but many face an uphill struggle. Almost all children and young people in the UK – more than 1.4 million - have speech, language and communications needs...
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Hope Again

Hope Again is Cruse Bereavement Care's website for young people.  Cruse is a national charity that provides support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone close to them dies. We also work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.
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Home-Start Central Bedfordshire helps young children and their families who are struggling with physical and mental ill health, disabilities, bereavement and domestic abuse.

Grief Encounter

We support bereaved children and their families to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close. Our services are free, funded through the generosity of our supporters.
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The charity supporting single parent families to live secure, happy and fulfilling lives
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Foxgloves is a large Victorian house located on the north side of Bedford within easy reach of local community facilities, the town centre and bus / train station. Foxgloves also has its own mini bus to support activities in the wider community. Inside the house: 3 large bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms 3...
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Foundation for People with Learning Difficulties

Prevention is at the heart of what we do. Our knowledge, informed by rigorous research and practical based study, has been pioneering change for more than 70 years and we aren't afraid to challenge the status quo or tackle difficult or under researched issues.

Flitwick Community Swimming group Saturdays 4-5pm

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Family Lives

People contact us about all aspects of family life that include all stages of a child’s development, issues with schools and parenting/relationship support. We also respond when life becomes more complicated and provide support around family breakdown, aggression in the home, bullying, teenage risky behaviour and mental health concerns of...
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Families United Network

Because what FUN does is so very important and makes a genuine difference to the families, children and young people we support. Families bringing up children with disabilities and special needs deal with all manner of pressures. Sadly this can include disapproval and misunderstanding from the public. For example, one...
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Face to Face (SCOPE)

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English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS)

In April 2018, we became Activity Alliance (previously known as the English Federation of Disability Sport). We join members, partners and disabled people to make active lives possible. Together, we challenge perceptions and change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport.
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Dyspraxia Foundation

The Dyspraxia Foundation is a country Wide charity, founded in 1987 as the Dyspraxia Trust by two mothers who met at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. After being told that their children had Dyspraxia they were astonished and dismayed to discover that no facilities existed to help or...
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Dyslexia Action

Dyslexia Action is a leading provider of specialist teacher training/practitioner training and specialist teacher/practitioner assessor training. We offer a range of pathways to achieve specialist teacher/practitioner assessor status. Our dyslexia courses are designed to strengthen the expertise and confidence of teachers, SENCos, practitioners, teaching assistants, learning support staff, language therapists,...
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Dwarf Sports association uk

Making sports accessible to people with restricted growth
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Down’s Syndrome Association

Children and adults with Down’s syndrome are all unique individuals with their own personalities, family backgrounds and preferences that make them who they are. Here you will find answers to questions that we are often asked about Down’s syndrome. This information will help you to separate the facts from some...
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Down’s Heart Group

a charity offering support and information relating to heart conditions associated with Down's Syndrome. We hope you find the content useful, however, this is only part of the specialised help available to parents and professionals,
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Disability Law Service

We provide free legal advice on community care, employment, housing and welfare benefits to disabled people and their carers to ensure that they have access to their rights and justice.
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Department of Education

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Deafblind UK

Deafblind UK is a national charity supporting people with sight and hearing loss, enabling them to live the lives they want. If you or someone you know is affected by reduced sight and hearing, we can help.
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Cystic Fibrosis Trust

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Contact A Family (includes advice on all disability)

We are Contact, the charity for families with disabled children. We support families with the best possible guidance and information. We bring families together to support each other. And we help families to campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and others.
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CHUMS Mental Health, Emotional Wellbeing Service for Children and Young People provides therapeutic support in a variety of ways.  CHUMS has developed a unique service delivery model to ensure that children and young people are able to access a service that supports their individual needs.
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Children Today Charitable Trust

At Children Today we are proud to help change the lives of children and young people with disabilities across the UK every day.
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You can contact Childline about anything. Whatever your worry, it's better out than in. We're here to support you and help you find ways to cope.
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Childhood Bereavement Network

The Childhood Bereavement Network (CBN) is the hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families across the UK. We underpin our members’ work with essential support and representation: bringing them together across localities, disciplines and sectors to improve bereavement care for children.
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Child Bereavement UK

We provide confidential support, information and guidance to individuals, families and professionals throughout the UK. Our support team is available to respond to calls, live chats and emails 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, except for Bank Holidays. We are a member of the Helplines Partnership
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In the UK today there are around half a million children and young people with brain conditions that result in complex medical, educational and social support needs. Our research work across neuro-developmental conditions gives us a unique perspective within the charity research sector allowing us to provide research-driven solutions and...
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Carers in Bedfordshire Sibling project

Carers in Bedfordshire strive to identify and support all carers of family and friends. We will enhance their health and well-being by offering specialist support according to their needs and wishes. We will ensure carers voices are heard and respected in the development and delivery of all services.
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Carers in Bedfordshire

Carers in Bedfordshire strive to identify and support all carers of family and friends. We will enhance their health and well-being by offering specialist support according to their needs and wishes. We will ensure carers voices are heard and respected in the development and delivery of all services.
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Caraline (Anorexia and Bulimia)

Welcome to Caraline. It is our mission to support individuals living with an eating disorder along with their family and friends, we have been doing this for 26 years. Today, 3 March 2020 marks the anniversary of the start-up of our charity. 26 years ago today Caraline was launched in...

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Bullying UK

Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. We know that many people play active roles in raising children, from dads and mums, grandparents, stepparents and non-resident parents. Our role is to...
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British Institute of Learning Difficulties (BILD)

Our vision is a society where everyone can enjoy the same rights and opportunities
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British Dyslexia Association

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British Diabetes Association – Diabetes UK

We are Diabetes UK. Our vision is a world where diabetes can do no harm. We’re leading the fight against the UK's biggest and growing health crisis. And it's a fight that involves us all – sharing knowledge and taking on diabetes together.

Behaviour Awareness Group (BAG)

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Beds & District Cerebral Palsy Society

Originally established in 1954, BDCPS is a small charity based in Bedfordshire, which provides playschemes and youth clubs for children and young people with complex disabilities (aged 0 to 25). In addition BDCPS also provide critical support and activities to families, which includes parent carers and siblings.
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Bedfordshire ME Support Group

We are a small medical charity and I feel very proud of all our achievements. Management and strategic direction is provided by a dedicated team of trustees, including several, like Dr Charles Shepherd, who work on a daily basis, volunteering their time for free.

Bedfordshire Football Association Limited (Disability Football)

It is a none profit making, charitable venture, which was designed as a resource for those involved or wanting to get involved in disability football. There is therefore no charge for teams to be listed on this site.

Bedfordshire Downs Syndrome Support Group

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Bedfordshire Domestic And Sexual Abuse Partnership

The Partnership brings together key agencies across Bedfordshire to raise awareness, to deliver services and to work together to improve our local response to domestic abuse. At BDAP we work closely with local authorities and other agencies to provide services in the local area, we deliver a two-tier training programme...
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Bedford Vue Cinema

10am last Sunday of the month
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Bedford Open Door (13-25 years old)

Bedford Open Door is a charity providing FREE and confidential counselling to young people. Counselling is provided by a team of fully trained, experienced and friendly volunteer counsellors.
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Bedford Educational Association

BEA is able to offer grants to schools and educational organisations in Bedfordshire, as well as to individuals up to the age of 18 who live and/or attend school in the county. Schools can benefit from funding towards major projects or full funding towards smaller initiatives.
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Bedford Cineworld

11am first Sunday of the month
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Become (children in care)

Become is here to make a difference to individual lives right now, and the care system as a whole for future generations. Since 1992 we’ve been working to improve the everyday lives and future life chances of children in care and young care leavers.
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Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that involve disordered eating behaviour. This might mean limiting the amount of food eaten, eating very large quantities of food at once, getting rid of food eaten through unhealthy means (e.g. purging, laxative misuse, fasting, or excessive exercise), or a combination of these behaviours....
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Autism Bedfordshire

Autism Bedfordshire’s services help break down the barriers to social participation for autistic people and their families by providing places where they can go and feel comfortable, accepted and not judged by society. With the encouragement and support of specialist trained staff we help autistic people build their confidence, self-esteem,...
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Asthma UK

We work to stop asthma attacks and, ultimately, cure asthma by funding world leading research and scientists, campaigning for change and supporting people with asthma to reduce their risk of a potentially life threatening asthma attack.
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Aquarius YP Bedfordshire Drug & Alcohol Action

We are a charity with services across the Midlands, supporting people affected by alcohol, drugs and gambling.
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Ampthill & Flitwick Youth Counselling service

Ampthill and Flitwick Youth Counselling service is unique as its is the only free counselling service for the young people of Ampthill and Flitwick and the surrounding area. We work with young people to find relief from problems and distress and help promote the well-being of those seeking help.The young...
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Afasic was founded in 1968 as a parent-led organisation to help children and young people with speech and language impairments and their families. We provide information and training for parents – and professionals – and produce a range of publications. Members meet in local groups in many areas of the...
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Advisory Centre For Education (ACE)

ACE Education continues the work of The Advisory Centre for Education For parents and carers ACE provides independent advice and information on state education in England. For professionals ACE offers a range of high quality training and consultancy services covering education law and guidance.
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ADDiSS – Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Services

We provide people-friendly information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to anyone who needs assistance - parents, sufferers, teachers or health professionals. Whatever you're looking for in ADHD, we'll do our best to help.

ADD/ADHD Family Support UK

The UK ADHD Partnership (UKAP) was established in January 2013 by mental health and allied professionals who share an interest in improving outcomes and securing better futures for children and young people affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), together with their carers and families. The Partnership brings together practitioners...
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Action for Sick Children

ACTION FOR SICK CHILDREN has championed for more than 50 years on behalf of children and young people’s healthcare, whether in hospital or at home and from national policies to individual family cases
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Action for Children

We protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. Last year, we helped more than 387,000 children and families across the UK.


Contact Us


We may be contacted by phone, email, text, Facebook, Twitter and through an on-line self-referral form on the Central Bedfordshire website.