We are here so that disabled people and their families have somewhere to turn if they need help in any situation.

We are here for you...

We are here for people affected by disability or with a long term health condition; carers, friends and professionals too.

We are an award-winning charity helping people in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Luton. 

Send us a message or a question anytime…

We are totally focused on helping the most vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis.

Our hard-working team offers a telephone/text/chat helpline open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm.
 
During the coronavirus crisis we can help you access reliable health and support information, and also put you in contact with NHS services to get medications delivered.
 

We are here with a listening ear too, offering emotional support to disabled people, older people, people with long term health conditions, carers and families.families.

Please contact us in any way you like…

WhatsApp:

07871 744157

Latest News

A big thank you to all our volunteers…

Volunteers Week 2020 Jill Pick, the chair of our charity’s Board of Trustees said “The Disability Resource Centre is fortunate to have an amazing group of volunteers who are part of our team working both front of house and behind the scenes.  On behalf of the Board of Trustees I would like to thank you

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4th May 2020

“We just received this lovely thank you card…

It’s so nice that the hard work of our team is valued so highly.

Read the words of a customer this week, in a card she sent to Stacey, who runs our new “chat and no-contact collect” disability equipment shop:

I am happy to say that on Saturday we enjoyed an hours walk around Houghton Hall Park, with me being pushed around in the ‘new’ wheelchair, that I received from your charity.

My partner heroically pushed me around. Including, at times, some hilariously reckless driving across grass so he could show the bluebells and primroses to me ‘close up’. There was a bit of squealing and a lot of laughter! Oh it was just wonderful to be out together. Sun or rain it wouldn’t have mattered, but oh we had such a lovely time. 

It didn’t even matter that I was in a wheelchair, it turns out, I was still me and he was still him, it was just lovely.

I never thought that I may have to end up adjusting to a life with a wheelchair, albeit hopefully only until the hospitals open back up. But this is where I am and we all have to make the best of this situation. It’s been hard to accept, making these changes. I used to be so independent and active. So when I realised life was heading this way, I had no clue where to start with accessing the type of things I needed. 

Your service has been such a help to me, and it is reassuring to know that should I discover there are other things I need, I now know where to come and who to ask to redirect me and assist, the service you provide in the community is amazing and I thank you again.”

 

New disability equipment “Chat and collect” service

Since we launched our ‘Chat and no contact collect’ service at our disability equipment shop last week we’ve been able to match many customers with items they have needed. We’ve helped local people with walking aids, commodes, bathing equipment, wheelchairs and dressing aids so far. 

So during the coronavirus crisis instead of visiting our shop you can now chat to us on the phone on 01582 470 900 or via the chat service on our website

Stacey, Chera and Susan are all here to help.

We’ll tell you all about any items you are interested in, send you some photos and talk through the exact specifications, plus the price.

You will be able to pay over the phone and collect from our centre here in Dunstable, with us observing the highest hygiene and social distancing guidelines at all times.

Read full details about this brand new service

 

 

Watch Paul demonstrate two products in our shop; a pedal exerciser and a Swedish trolley…

 
 

Important information for PAs and employers during the coronavirus crisis

We have just updated our links to the latest government guidance for PAs and individual employers with information on PPE, shielding, Covid-19 testing for PAs, new guidelines for DBS checks, PA recruitment, coronavirus training and many more useful links.

 

We’ve also been helping many local people find support for shopping, medications,  befriending services, claiming PIP benefits and many more…

Read about the ways we’ve helped vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis this week: 

– Mrs S hasn’t left her home in 3 months, she’s barely seen the postman. We were able to get her prescriptions delivered as well as find her details for local shops to deliver some essentials.

– Mr G had his tri-walker stolen while he was in hospital, we have used the ‘Chat and no contact collect service’ to talk to him, find a suitable replacement and get a walker to him so he can get around safely.

– Mr K was medically retired and wanted to apply for PIP, so we booked a telephone consultation with one of our expert disability benefits advisors. He has since been able to apply for PIP with all the information and advice he needed to be successful.

– Mr and Mrs L are shielding and they have no family locally. They needed some essentials and wanted someone to talk to. We were able to refer them to a local service to have a befriender call them, as well as deliver them some essential shopping.”

 

We are here for you

Our full team are all working at home and you can now contact us in many different ways:

– WhatsApp: 07871 744157
– Phone: 01582 470 900
– Facebook Messenger: @TheDisabilityResourceCentre
– Email: info@drcbeds.org.uk
– Text us: 07871 744157
– Chat to us now: On our website just click the pink ‘chat to us’ box at the bottom of every page, open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

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For specific advice about benefits, benefits appeals and all other topics we can arrange dedicated telephone appointments.

Our own website provides up-to-date web links to relevant and trustworthy websites during the crisis, both locally and nationwide.

We have launched a new page of links to the many organisations that can help with finances, jobs, paying bills and more, during the coronavirus crisis.

I’ll be writing to you again with further updates soon. 

We are all here to help you.

Melanie Hawman.

CEO. The Disability Resource Centre.”

 

When you are shopping online at amazon, please consider clicking our link and helping raise vital funds for our charity, contributed automatically by Amazon, at no extra cost to you.

Thanks very much.

 

Our Facebook page now has over 1000 followers…

With all the latest updates and news our Facebook page is an increasingly popular place to visit and now has 1011 followers and fans. 

 
 

The Disability Resource Centre

Poynters House, Poynters Road, Dunstable LU5 4TP

Phone: 01582 470900

Email: info@drcbeds.org.uk

Website: www.drcbeds.org.uk

Charity Number 1041712

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