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Summer of SEND 2021 - Parent/Carer Resources

As part of our Summer of SEND we are releasing new resources but we also wanted to highlight other specific resources that are already available for parent/carers. Below is just a selection of resources but most if not all of these documents can also be found in our documents page on the Local Offer which can be accessed by clicking here . 

Active Adults 6 week try or have a go at something new

We offer a range of sporting activities for adults. This enables you to increase your fitness and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Active Adults

Active Adults is a sports programme aimed at over 35 year olds. It is ideal if you want to try a particular activity or have a go at something new. It is also for you if you tried a sport before and want to return to it in a relaxed, informal environment with other like-minded people.

Download our course summary booklet (PDF) for more information about the courses.

All sessions are held at local venues situated within the Borough. The sessions are run for adults, by experienced and qualified coaches. All required equipment will be provided.

If you like the sport and want to continue with it after the course has finished, we will give you information to help you to do so.

Courses may be cancelled if numbers are low. You will be notified a minimum of seven days before the start date and offered an alternative or a full refund.

Booking open for new courses week beginning 7 June 2021

A six week block of Active Adults courses returns next month to get you back active and doing the activities we have all missed over the last year.

We hope to bring you a full programme in September, but for now bookings for the outdoor courses are now open.

Book and pay for courses online

Due to COVID-19 we are unable to take cash or cheque for any courses this time.



Cardio Tennis



Riverside Tennis Club in the bubble



Golf Beginners (Mowsbury)



Mowsbury Golf and Squash Centre



Gold Improvers (Mowsbury) Fully booked



Mowsbury Golf and Squash Centre



Gold Beginners (Stagsden)



Bedfordshire Golf Club (Stagsden)



Golf in a day (9 June)



Bedfordshire Golf Club (Stagsden)



Nordic Walking (3 miles) 



Bedford Park (first session) and locations round Bedford



Nordic Walking (6-7 miles)



Mowsbury Park (first session) and locations round Bedford



Nordic Walking Commit2Fit Beginners



Bromham Mill (first session) and locations round North Bedford



Nordic Walking Commit2Fit Intermediates



Bedford Park (first session) and locations round Bedford



Tennis Beginners 



Riverside Tennis Club



Tennis Beginners / Intermediates 



Riverside Tennis Club



Tennis Beginners / Novices



Riverside Tennis Club 



Tennis Doubles Coaching



Riverside Tennis Club



Tennis Women only (Advanced)



Riverside Tennis Club 


All course bookings are on a first come first served basis.

If the bookings are very low on specific courses we may need to cancel them at short notice (one week before the start of the programme).

Disability Employment Page

Bedford Borough is delighted to launch it's brand new Disability Employment Page which aims to support people with a disability who are looking to access work as well as employers interested in doing more.

You can view this new dedicated page by clicking here

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Children Centre Sensory based activity ideas

The Children Centre will be offering sensory based activity ideas for you to try with your children at home. The videos provide you with a step by step guide and ideas of what to do with the resources. We will also be offering a live Story and Rhyme and Wriggles and Jiggles from one of our sensory rooms. To find out more about Children Centre services please visit their facebook page

Neurodevelopmental Disorder Diagnostic (NDD) Pathway

In Autumn 2020, Bedford Borough launched it's dedicated Neurodevelopmental Disorder Disagnostic (NDD) Pathway. This has been coproduced with colleagues across Education, Health and Social Care as well as with our Parent Carer Forum and it aims to provide clearer guidance on the pathway to diagnosis as well as the support services that are available both pre and post accessing the pathway.

You can view this resource by clicking here

New EHC Assessment Request Form

Bedford Borough launched it's new Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment Form (EHCNAF) in Easter 2021. This new EHCNAF had been coproduced over the past year to ensure that it was more holistic in capturing the needs of a young person. With new sections on health and social care needs relating to SEND it has already proved successful in better identifying all needs of a young person for whom an EHC assessment is being requested.

You can view the new EHCNAF by clicking here

To further support practitioners completing this new EHCNAF, we have also created a helpful prompt sheet to give advice and guidance on how to complete each section so that it truly reflects the child's needs. You can view this new EHCNAF prompt sheer by clicking here

Monthly round up of training available in Bedford Borough

Following feedback that parents/carers wanted to have one place which listed all the training available to them, we are pleased to launch our new monthly training page on the Local Offer. 

The page can be viewed here


Preparing For Adulthood Guide

In early 2021 Bedford Borough launched it's new Preparing for Adulthood guide. This guide aims to guide practioners, young adults and their families through the processes and support available as the transition into adulthood.

You can view the PFA guide by clicking here