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Take a look at the latest issue of our email newsletter: Updated May 31st 2019

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New - Free wellbeing workshops

Learn techniques and skills that will help you to feel healthy, happy and able to cope.

For Bedford and Central Bedfordshire residents...

Thanks to funding from Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council we are able to provide a wide ranging support package including a series of wellbeing workshops.

Our Community Wellbeing and Creative Wellbeing Projects are full of practical support and include workshops for:

  • Mindfulness
  • Relaxation
  • Stress management
  • Meditation
  • Empowerment
  • Mindful art including Zentangle relaxing art, Aboriginal art and stone painting

Read the full details on our website.

The wellbeing workshops are being held at three locations: Dunstable, Bedford and in Leighton Buzzard.

Please contact us by email or call 01582 470900 for more information or visit our website.

Read all about our free wellbeing workshops

For Carers Week we would like to invite you to the launch of our new Luton carers service, Carers Central, on 14th June 2019.

The event will be taking place at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts, 3 Saint Mary’s Road, Luton from 11 am to 2pm.

Thanks to Luton Council in partnership with NHS Luton Clinical Commissioning Group for funding this event.

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Learn about all the free services and expert advice available for unpaid carers in Luton.

There will be presentations explaining the services from the Carers Central team, CHUMS, NHS Luton CCG and Total Wellbeing plus stalls and refreshments for all. 

Find out about social prescription from Total Wellbeing, how CHUMS supports young carers and how Carers Central will help carers in Luton.

Get help and support from all these local organisations:

  • Luton Asian Carers Service
  • Carers In Bedfordshire (Carers Lounge)
  • Luton Recovery College
  • Community Action Bedfordshire (Voluntaryworks Luton)
  • Total Wellbeing
  • CHUMS for young carers
  • Penrose Synergy
  • Centre For Youth and Community Development
  • Carers Eating Disorders Association

The Disability Resource Centre has recently received funding from Luton Council in partnership with NHS Luton Clinical Commissioning Group to provide a new carers service called Carers Central.

The main aim of the new service is to help carers in Luton to access support and advice by email, face to face, telephone & web.

This event will also be a good opportunity to network and gain a better understanding of services available to people within Luton.

Book your free place at this event

If would like to book a free place for this event please contact us on 0300 303 0201 or email; carerscentral@drcbeds.org.uk

Places can also be booked on eventbrite here.

Book your free place at our Carers Central launch event

World MS Day

​We are always here to help with advice and support for people with MS. We’ll be at the MS Therapy Centre in Bedford on 27th June from 10am to 2pm helping visitors with lots of useful advice and information about our free services.

New - Free life skills courses

Training to help you move forward if you are looking for work or want to learn new skills.

Our Courses For Life are short courses that will help you to build your confidence, learn computer skills and to relax and feel calm. 

We also offer an employment support course to develop the skills that will help you back into work.

These courses are starting soon.

Secure your place today.

Take a look on our website or please call us on 01582 470900 or email us to find out more.

Read about our Couses For Life

Free riser-recliner seating demonstrations

Book your free space at our regular seating demonstrations on Thursdays… https://www.drcbeds.org.uk/seating-demonstration

A brand new walker and seat combined

Brand new in our disability equipment shop

The Carlett 900 is a shopping trolley and seated rollator in one. It is stable yet manoeuvrable; well suited for use about town thanks to its large rotating wheels, double system handbrake and double action safety brake.

Our price is £170 ex. VAT.

We are open until 7pm every Tuesday for carers

1-2-1 help with all your questions about care for unpaid carers in Luton.

Call 0300 303 0201 and chat to Lorraine and Levi from our brand new Carers Central team. They are ready to help you with any carer-related matter for carers in Luton.

Read about our Carers Central service

We are out and about helping disabled people at venues across Bedfordshire

  • 4th June – Usha will be at the Stotfold Carers Event, Shefford Health Centre from 10:30am to midday 

  • 20th June –  We’ll be at the Carers Café, The Scout Hut, Grovesbury Road, Leighton Buzzard from 1pm to 4pm

  • 24th June – See us at the Central Bedfordshire Care Conference at the Rufus Centre in Flitwick 

  • 27th June – Wendy will be at the MS Therapy Centre in Bedford providing advice and displaying some of the equipment from our shop, from 10:30am to 2pm

Find out all the venues we’ll be attending in June

Fitness suite session times

Check the days and times for all the sessions in our fitness suite, which is especially designed for disabled people.

Vacancy for a new Trustee

You could be the person to help steer our charity through an exciting future.

The role of Trustee is to give senior staff a clear strategic direction, as well as support in the effective and efficient delivery of the charity’s services.

Read about becoming a Trustee

Disability advice

Our disability advice service is confidential, independent and free.

This service provides up-to-date information and advice to people of any age and with any disability, older people, their families, carers, friends and associated professionals.

The advice service is open to everyone, there is no formal referral process and it is free.

Please do ask us a lot of questions. We are all trained and ready to answer.

We can help you with benefits, carers, employment, sport, support groups, training and more.

Please email us to ask us a question, book a one-to-one appointment or call us on 01582 470900.

Our Facebook page has over 800 followers

With all the latest updates and news our Facebook page is an increasingly popular place to visit and now has over 820 followers and fans. 

Keep up to date on our Facebook page

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Calling all carers in Luton...

Your Carer Support Workers, Lorraine and Levi will be holding a carers drop-in session every 2nd Tuesday of the month at Luton Central Library from 10am to 12pm in the Well and Wise Room (situated on the ground floor).

In June we will have a stall at Luton Arndale Centre on Thursday 6th June from 10am – 3pm.

Come along and we’ll help you have an understating of the benefits and services you may be entitled to.

  • Carers’ Assessments
  • Carers’ breaks
  • Place to come and talk confidentially
  • Benefits issues like carers allowance, PIP or DLVA
  • Money management
  • Support into employment
  • Applying for blue badges
  • Benefits appeals

Contact us for full details

Mental Health Week

We fully supported Mental Health Week 2019 with our wide range of free services for disabled people and people with long term health conditions.

See our popular article which features a BBC radio interview with Graham Waugh, from BIG Health and Fitness.

Read about Mental Health Week

Improve your health, confidence & wellbeing

We can help you to be happy with who you are, with our "This is me" support programme.

Inspired by stories such as The Greatest Showman, our "This is Me" programme of free workshops and 1-2-1 support is here for you.

Part funded by the European Social Fund.

Thanks to our funders and partners, these new workshops are free for unemployed people with long term health conditions in Bedfordshire.

Please email us or call us for a chat about the best free workshops for you.

There's always something new at our disability equipment shop here in Dunstable

New disability equipment

Take a look at our demonstration kitchen plus a brand new shower/wet room, both with lots of thoughtful features. Please feel free to book an appointment with our highly trained team, at a time to suit you.

We have plenty of new items on display and for sale including a starlift, mobility scooters, manual wheelchairs, kitchen utensils, continence supplies, rollators, riser-recliner seating and more.

Contact our equipment team to book an appointment

A trillion smiles for Amazon

We’ve joined the Amazon Smile program so when you shop at Amazon they’ll automatically donate vital funds for our charity.

If you are already an Amazon customer then please see our website to find out how the scheme will work, it’s as simple as a couple of clicks​.

Regular Events

Benefits form-filling workshops on Mondays

The benefits form-filling workshops are designed to help you negotiate your way through the rather in-depth and sometimes confusing benefits claim forms.

Expert help with seating on Thursdays

Every Thursday we offer expert help with choosing the best chair. Our seating specialist is here to advise on getting the correct chair size, support to help maintain the correct posture and pressure care to prevent skin or muscle irritation.

PA drop-in sessions on Friday mornings

Find out what it is like to work as a Personal Assistant in care with a disabled person at our drop-in sessions every Friday.
Over 60’s coffee morning every Thursday

Come along to our weekly free social event for older people.
The popular social, informative and interactive regular event includes taster exercise sessions, an art & craft club, free
refreshments, regular free advice sessions and guest speakers.

New - Drop-in employment support sessions

Every Friday from 2pm to 4pm

At our free employment support drop-in our work coaches, Sharon and Shyrus will be available to help you 1-2-1 with looking for work.

See our events page

Support Groups

Carers Support group

We hold meet-ups twice every month for carers in the Luton area. Join Lorraine and Levi for informative question and answer sessions.

Check our events calendar for full details.

Physical Health and Emotional Wellbeing (PHEW) Support Group

Get support from people with real life experience of managing their own health, and/or caring for our loved ones who have health conditions.

Addictive Behaviour Support Group

There is help for you every Monday here at The Disability Resource Centre from 4pm to 5pm, supporting people to tackle their addictive behaviours. Our group leader, John, started this new support group, volunteering his time as part of the SMART recovery programme. 

Carers Eating Disorder Association (CEDA)

If you care for someone with an eating disorder, this support group could help you. The support group holds a monthly meet-up to share experiences, offer help and provide lots of sympathetic support. Please see the CEDA support group on Facebook.

Fibromyalgia Support Group

Come along to the Fibromyalgia support group meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. Check the support group’s popular Facebook page for updates and useful information.

Mindful Art Support Group

Join us on Mondays every week to enjoy a couple of hours of mindful art. You can learn new techniques, share your own skills and find a new way to relax.

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

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Keep up to date with our news and the best of the web on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

The Disability Resource Centre
Poynters House, Poynters Road, Dunstable LU5 4TP
Phone: 01582 470900
Email: information@drcbeds.org.uk
Website: www.drcbeds.org.uk

Charity Number 1041712

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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.

On this form-filling workshop (held most Mondays) you will have help and guidance to complete your PIP or AA (attendance allowance) claim form.

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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