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Celebrating 25 years

Helping disabled people in Bedfordshire, Luton and Northamptonshire

Jill Pick our Chair of the Board of Trustees talks about how our charity was started and our progress over the last 25 years.

“On 14 February The Disability Resource Centre celebrates 25 years of changing the lives of disabled people.

As we begin our celebrations we can look back on so many achievements.

The Disability Resource Centre became a registered charity on 14 February 1994.

The small steering group of disabled people set out to create a centre where people would have access to disability information and equipment advice to improve their lives and increase independence.

They worked with statutory and other voluntary organisations to have services under one roof at Poynters House in Dunstable providing a one stop shop.

The vision and confidence of that initial group has led to over 150,000 information and advice enquiries being dealt with over the 25 years.

In recent years those services have been built on to include equipment sales and wheelchair loans, support with direct payments, support for carers, employment support, advice on welfare benefits, peer support groups and health and wellbeing courses.

Disabled people have always been at the centre of everything The Disability Resource Centre does.

We know the value of those services from the feedback we receive and the personal stories of the difference our staff and services have made.

As part of our 25th anniversary we will be asking individuals who have been supported by us to post their appreciation online.

Some of our services are funded by contracts, but The Disability Resource Centre is increasingly reliant on fundraising and donations to enable us to meet the needs of disabled people.

Lorna Bailey is running in the London Marathon in April in support of The Disability Resource Centre. To help us mark our anniversary we will be focussing on raising funds and encouraging people to donate and contact us if they can help with fundraising.

The Disability Resource Centre provides services for people with disabilities and long term health conditions, of all ages. Many people have contributed to the success of the organisation. Staff, volunteers, trustees and funders have all played a part in shaping The Disability Resource Centre as the highly valued place that it is today. Thank you to all of them.

The needs and aspirations of disabled people continue to require our support.

Please join us in making our 25th year a year of celebration of all that has been achieved so far”.

Jill Pick

Chair of the Board of Trustees

The Disability Resource Centre

14th February 2019

We are so excited to celebrate 25 years of our charity serving the community. From the establishment of our free advice services for disabled people in Bedfordshire to the development of a whole host of free services for the people of Bedfordshire, Luton and Northamptonshire.

Watch our founders talk about how The Disability Resource Centre all started:

Take a look at our history timeline featuring all our achievements.

Meet the management team that runs all our operations and say hello to our Trustees.

Find out about the difference we make to the lives of disabled people everyday.

We help people at venues and events across the region

Read all our latest news and check when we are running our latest events.

We will be visiting a venue or community centre near you so check where we will be.

Please call us on 01582 470900 or email us anytime.

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 Please consider donating to The Disability Resource Centre today so we can continue our vital services.

You can hire a wheelchair from our charity. The Disability Resource Centre hires out manual wheelchairs (including children’s wheelchairs) and other equipment like ramps, rollators, crutches and walking frames to help you with your mobility.


Hire our fully equipped meeting rooms with free wifi, a digital projector, tea & coffee facilities, flexible room space and on-site parking for over 100 cars, including 12 dedicated disabled parking bays.

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Come along to our Friday drop-in session for 1-2-1 support from our employment coaches. We help people across Bedfordshire who are looking for work.

Every Thursday we offer expert help with seating and a full demonstration of all the chairs and riser-recliners we have in our shop. Our seating specialist is here to advise and help you choose the best seating.

For new or existing Personal Assistants (PAs) our free training will help improve your skills in a way that is specific to your role. We are holding monthly PA induction training sessions…

Check this page to download the timesheet you need for PAs and employers that we are supporting with direct payments including payroll and other services.

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