History

Watch our founders remember how The Disability Resource Centre all started.

1989

The concept of a local resource centre is established by local disabled people.

Partnerships are formed with the local health authority and community trust.

Initial user engagement commences and a project group is formed.

1989

1994

Charity created.

First employees.

Poynters House opens and welcomes first services and tenants.

Services provided: Information and Equipment.

1996

Poynters House opened by HRH The Duchess of Gloucester.

The Disability Resource Centre partnership model repeated all over the country.

Services provided: Information and Equipment.

Poynters House opened

1998

Bedford office opened.

Direct Payments Support Service commences.

NHS facility, Independence Square, opens.

Services provided: Information, Equipment and Direct Payments Support.

1999

The Disability Resource Centre receives national HSJ Award commendation for multi-agency partnership working.

Services provided: Information, Equipment, Direct Payments Support and Community Loans project.

2002

Information Outreach Service introduced.

Lord Howland becomes our Patron, who later succeeded to The Dukedom of Bedford.

Services provided: Information, Equipment, Direct Payments Support and Information Outreach.

Outreach Service introduced

2004

First BBC local radio interview held.

Direct Payments Support Service expands.

Transport Matters project commences.

Services provided: Information, Equipment, Direct Payments Support, Information Outreach and Transport Matters projects.

2005

Milton Keynes Direct Payment Support Service commences.

The Disability Resource Centre is recognised by Department of Health and National Centre for Independent Living as providing best practice.

Information guide first published.

Services provided: Information, Equipment, Direct Payments Support, Information Outreach and Transport Matters projects.

2007

Woburn Suite meeting rooms and conference facilities opened.

The Disability Resource Centre website launches.

The Disability Resource Centre wins local Equality and Diversity Training award.

Services provided: Information, Equipment, Direct Payments Support, Information Outreach and Transport Matters projects.

2009

Marsh Farm Advice Service commences.

Enterprise Hub opened by His Grace,The Duke of Bedford.

The Disability Resource Centre becomes Department of Health National User-Led Action and Learning site.

Services provided: Information, Equipment, Direct Payments Support, Carers’ Support, Information Outreach and Transport Matters projects.

Marsh Farm Advice Service commences

2010

Northamptonshire Centre for Independent Living established in Corby and Northampton.

Services provided: Information, Equipment, Direct Payments Support, Carers’ Support, Disability Rights, Information Outreach and Transport Matters projects.

2012

The Disability Resource Centre becomes Paralympic Ambassador.

The Disability Resource Centre leads on Paralympic Flame events throughout Bedfordshire and Luton.

Services provided: Information, Equipment, Direct Payments Support, Carers’ Support, Information Outreach and PA Training Academy.

2014

LuDun room opened by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire.

Health, Learning and Work team created.

First Scouts welcomed for Disability Awareness badge sessions.

Services provided: Information, Equipment, Direct Payments Support, Carers’ Support, Information Outreach, Employers and PA Training Academy.

2015

The Disability Resource Centre celebrates 21 years.

Advice transformation project pilots AdviceCentral.

The Disability Resource Centre service users receive Community Learners Award.

Services provided: Information, Equipment, Direct Payments Support, Carers’ Support, Information Outreach, Employment Support, Employers and PA Training Academy.

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