Community Support and Groups

Bedford & District Cerebral Palsy Society

BDCPS is a small local charity which provides playschemes and youth clubs for disabled young people (aged 0 to 25) in addition to critical support and funding to families, parents and carers.

Telephone: 01234 351 759

Website: www.bdcps.org.uk

Email: [email protected]

British Red Cross

Bedford Independent Living Service, supporting Independence. Please see here for a self referral form.

Embroiderer’s Guild

The Bedford branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild is open to everyone, including beginners, interested in textile art. The group meets for talks and workshops on traditional and modern subjects.

Website: www.virtual-library.culturalservices.net

Email: [email protected]

Dunstable foodbank

Dunstable Foodbank was set up 2012 to respond to the needs of families in crisis in Dunstable, Houghton Regis and the surrounding villages. It is now part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by several local churches as well as The Trussell Trust.

Telephone: 07874 200056

Website: www.dunstable.foodbank.org.uk 

Dunstable Good Neighbours

A voluntary organisation, aiming to provide help to local residents in need. They are able to provide short term help such as small practical tasks around the house, assistance with form filling, occasional lifts to the doctors, shops etc, or friendly visits to those who are lonely or isolated.

Telephone: 07491 455777 (between 09:00 and 17:00. If there is no answer, please leave a message).

Website: www.dunstablegoodneighbours.co.uk

Email: [email protected]

Bedford Women’s Centre

Supports women in the community to improve the quality of life for them and their families. Offers one to one support and mentoring, weekly workshops, training courses (both accredited and non-accredited) and support groups for women to promote healthy relationships and eradicate Domestic Abuse.

Telephone: 01234 316 801

Website: www.bedfordwomenscentre.org.uk

CAFPH

The support at CAFPH is not only directed to the person living with HIV but to carers and family members who support the services users. The support they offer is structured to suit the whole family.

Telephone: 01582 726 061 or 01582 726 063

Website: www.cafph.org

Email: [email protected]

Citizens Advice Dunstable

Citizens Advice Dunstable (CAB) is an independent charitable organisation that helps people resolve their problems by providing information and advice. The service is open to anyone: it is free, independent, confidential and impartial. CAB exists to help those who live or work Dunstable.

Telephone: 01582 670003 

Website: www.dunstablecab.org.uk/   

The Prebend Day Centre

Bedford Concern for the Homeless and Rootless (BeCHaR) has been running The Prebend Day Centre since 1993. They take a holistic approach to helping individuals take the next step towards reintegration into the local community. This is achieved through our drop-in centre and support team, which is available to vulnerable men and women (individuals in crisis) aged 16 and over.

Telephone: 01234 365 955

Website: www.prebendcentre.org.uk