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Sight Concern Bedfordshire offers information on a wide range of eye conditions.  They have accredited staff who can help to complete benefit advice forms for people with visual impairments, and have catalogues of toys, everyday living and education equipment.  They also offer a telephone befriending service, and hold information on specialist schools and holiday activities.

Contact:

Bedford

Tel:  01234 311555, email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Address:  Bedford Office and Resource Centre, Kings House, 245 Ampthill Road, Bedford, MK42 9AZ

 

Luton:

Tel:  01582 655554, email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Address:  Luton Resource Centre, 1 Union Street, Luton, LU1 3AN

 

VICTA is based in Milton Keynes and supports children and young people who are blind or partially sighted and their families across the UK.  They have an online parent support network, and organise a number of activities such as family weekends and activity breaks.

Tel:  01908 240831

Website:  www.victa.org.uk

Parent Support Network:  www.throughscarlettseyes.com

 

Blind Children UK (formerly the National Blind Children's Society) helps children and their families tackle the challenges of sight loss, so they can enjoy their childhood and realise their potential as adults.  The organisation has a family support and information service which provides comprehensive support to all parents and carers of children and young people with a visual impairment.  They aim to provide a skilled listening service, offering immediate emotional support and practical help.

Tel:  0800 781 1444

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Website:  www.blindchildrenuk.org

 

Deafblind UK was launched in 1928 by a small group of deafblind people and their carers to offer mutual support and understanding in the face of conditions they found "unjustifiably cruel and hard".  Today, Deafblind UK is a national charity that is still focused on meeting the specific needs of those with both a hearing and sight loss.  Deafblind's vision is that people who have a combined sight and hearing loss should have the same rights, access and opportunities as others.

Tel:  0800 132320

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Website:  www.deafblind.org.uk

 

The National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) is a partnership of organisations working together to improve outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment (SI).  The agreed purpose of NatSIP is:

  • to improve educational outcomes for children and young people with SI, closing the gap with their peers, through joint working with all who have an interest in the success of these young people;
  • to help children achieve more and fulfil the potential of children and young people who have SI;
  • to promote a national model for the benchmarking of clear progress and impact criteria for children and young people who have SI;
  • to support a well-trained SI workforce responsive to the Government agenda for education;
  • to inform and advise the DfE and other national agencies on the education of children and young people with SI
  • to promote collaboration between services, schools, professional bodies and voluntary bodies working with children and young people who have SI;
  • to promote collaborative working between education, health and social care professionals in the interest of children and young people who have SI.

www.natsip.org.uk

 

Families United Network is a registered charity and membership organisation which works to support children, young people and families living with disabilities throughout Bedfordshire.  They offer short breaks, family services and parent/carer forums.

Tel:  01582 420800, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The CBC SEND Parent and Young Person Partnership Service is a statutory service which works at arm's length from the local authority and offers a free confidential support service for parents and carers of children with special educational needs.

The Partnership can offer information, advice, support at meetings with schools and the authority, contact details for local organisations and support groups, and a telephone help line.

Contact them on 0300 300 8088 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Central Bedfordshire Council's Children with Disabilities Team

The Children with Disabilities Team is made up of social workers who work with disabled children and their families.  You can ask for an assessment, however this service is based on assessed needs therefore there is no guarantee of a service being offered.

Their role is to:

- assess the needs of children and families

- offer support, advice and information

- plan a programme of care for children and families where this is needed

- liaise with Health, Education and voluntary organisations to make sure that the help and support offered to families is co-ordinated and appropriate

- provide short-term breaks and long-term care for children and young people when this is needed.

Telephone:  0300 300 8169

 

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