The Disability Resource Centre has an outstanding record of supplying high quality information, advice and support services to disabled people in Bedfordshire, Luton and Northamptonshire over the past 20+ years.
We are pleased that our standards and rigour have been recognised in our award of PQASSO level 1, endorsed by the Charity Commission.

Along with our partners, we deliver:

  • Advice and Information Services to Disabled People and their families
  • Advice and Information Services to Carers of Disabled People
  • Support under our Personalisation Services
  • Support to enable disabled people to work
  • Improving Health, Learning and Work opportunities
  • Disabled Sport

New Partners

We welcome the opportunity to work with new Funding Partners, Supply Partners and Customers.

BIG Health & Fitness

Big Health and Fitness – Gym for larger people

Watch this space – The Disability Resource Centre is going to be working with Graham and Jude from BIG health and fitness to make a healthy lifestyle accessible to our service users who wish to lose weight and get fitter.

Fitness is an essential tool in managing many different health conditions, but people that are disabled, obese or mobility impaired can feel intimidated or unsure that exercise and healthy eating is achievable for them.

There are many situations where people feel that they lack the confidence to try a mainstream gym or fitness class. It may be that you have left hospital and need to build up your fitness again or perhaps you have gained weight through injury and therefore do not feel ready to go back to the gym.

We are working together to make BIG’s approach to fitness accessible for all of our service users.

As the programme develops we will issue more information. In the meantime please contact Big Health and Fitness directly.

The Social Care Sector Skills Agency, Skills for Care are one of DRC’s funding partners. We work closely with them to assure that the wealth of educational and training resources they produce are provided free of charge to both aspiring and experienced Personal Assistants. This in turn benefits our service users, who are individual employers, by providing qualified Support workers. It adds value to the other services that we provide on behalf of local authorities, which ensure the smooth facilitation of Direct Payments.

As we continue to grow our Personalisation Service offer ,we are bringing in other partners who we work with in other departments to join in and grow the service that we can provide to service users, local authority partners and each other.

Recently we created a project using existing funding streams between Skills for Care, DWP and unemployed residents of Luton and Dunstable. We were delighted when we were invited to present this at Skills for Care Link-up event, which encourages partnership working to produce results for individual employers.

Skills for Care

If your organisation would like more information about working in partnership with the DRC then please contact: Melanie Hawman, Head of Operations and Development on 01582 470900 or

Funding partners:

Luton Borough Council Luton Borough Council
Skills Funding Agency Skills Funding Agency
London Luton Airport Limited London Luton Airport
European Social Fund European Social Fund
Skills For Care Skills ForCare
Bedfordshire and Luton Community Learning Trust Bedfordshire and Luton Community Learning Trust
Bedford Borough Council Bedford Borough Council
Central Bedfordshire Council Central Bedfordshire Council
Bedfordshire Clinical commissioning group
Luton Clinical Commissioning Group

Associated Partners

We have a supply chain network that includes charities, training companies and colleges. For our supply chain partners we offer excellent management; resources including training and marketing and a partnership culture of collaboration and cooperation.

Luton Law Centre Luton Law Centre
Luton Carers Network Luton Carers Network
Member of Disability Rights UK Member of Disability Rights UK

Corporate Social Responsibility

We are pleased to work in partnership with companies fulfilling their Corporate Social Responsibility roles, and companies offering us charitable rates for their work.

Thank you to:

Whitbread for painting our offices Whitbread for painting our offices

Partnership working in Northamptonshire

We have been working together with other local agencies in the following ways:

Our partnership Network includes:

  • Independent Living Scheme – Northampton Borough Council
  • South Northants Homes – Housing Association
  • Northamptonshire Carers – ‘Drop in Café’
  • Alzheimer’s Society Northamptonshire – Dementia Café

We are regularly involved with the following Organisations/services:

  • Oakley Healthcare – for equipment
  • Shire Mobility – for equipmentNorthampton Audiology Department
  • Kettering Stroke Association
  • Cynthia Spencer Hospice – Northampton
  • Lakelands Hospice – Corby
  • MS Nurse – Northampton
  • Deafconnect
  • Olympus Care
  • Learning Disability Partnership Board
  • Disability & Sensory Impairment working group
  • Hate Crime group (REC)
  • RDAC

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Improve your confidence. Reduce stress.

New course starts in February. We have just started the first group on this course and we’re now looking for more Luton residents to join the next course that starts in February.

We know and understand how difficult it can be to find work if you are a carer. You may struggle to find paid employment that fits around your caring commitments. 

If you wish to return to work in some way, but are unsure how to start, then we can help with 1-2-1 support with our employment advisors.

For 2020 if you would like to make a difference to your family’s life just make contact to see how our Support Into Employment programme may be able to help you.

Learn all about becoming a volunteer for our charity at our special new volunteer event on Wednesday 5th February 2020. Read more about volunteering at The Disability Resource Centre.


Douglas Campbell OBE

Melanie Hawman, the CEO of The Disability Resource Centre said “We are very sad to hear of the passing of Douglas Campbell OBE who worked diligently to raise awareness of disability rights…


About our Care Academy

Whether you are an employer or a personal assistant (PA) you can access a range of relevant and engaging workshops delivered by specialist trainers.

Meeting rooms for hire

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.

Help for Carers in Luton

Have you heard about the free service for carers in Luton, Carers Central? We offer lots of free 1-2-1 help and advice. We can meet-up at a time and place to suit you…


 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…

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