Declutter & Donate!

Whilst at home many of you will be having a good spring clean and sort out. Wondering what you are going to do with all the goods you no longer want? Well we have the solution for you!

Virgin Money Giving have partnered up with Ziffit, giving fundraisers and donors an easy way to raise some funds. Ziffit is a website that values your unwanted items, which can then be directly donated to your Virgin Money fundraising page! Easy!

All you need to do is set up a Virgin Money Giving page, where you can select BDCPS to raise money for. Once on your fundraising page, you just need to click ‘Donate your stuff’. This will then take you to the Ziffit website where you enter the details of the item you are donating, pack up your goodies for a courier to collect, then see the full value of the item go onto your fundraising page, which will continue to help with donations to BDCPS during this uncertain time.

Click here to start your declutter and donate mission!

Let’s Get Quizzical!

Can’t get to the pub? Let BDCPS bring a bit of pub fun to you with our first virtual quiz night! This Thursday 2nd April at 7:30pm, we invite you to join in a bit of quiz fun, in the comfort of your living room.

BDCPS are hosting our first online quiz night for a bit of fun in these stay at home times! It’s our first time hosting online so let’s see what chaos it brings!🤣

You will need to download ZOOM and join the meeting on Thursday by using the meeting ID below! Anyone can join, just grab some note paper and pens and be prepared!

Ellie will be QM & those who have been to her quizzes before know anything can happen so come along and enjoy the fun!

Who’s with us!? 🙌🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️

DETAILS: –

QUIZ NIGHT – THURSDAY AT 7.30PM!🤯🤩

Topic: BDCPS Quiz!

Time: Apr 2, 2020 07:30 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting – use this URL or open your Zoom app!

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/693431031

Meeting ID: 693 431 031

Updates to BDCPS services

19/3/2020

We are informing you of the changes to BDCPS services following the recent Covid -19 outbreak and recommendations from the government. We have developed a COVID 19 policy and we highly recommend that all parents, carers and staff & volunteers read it carefully.

The key points from government include:

  • Everyone in the UK is now being advised to avoid “non-essential” contact with others and “unnecessary” travel
  • People are being asked to work from home where they possibly can and avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues
  • People are being advised to stay at home for 14 days if they, or anyone in their household, has either a high temperature or a new and continuous cough
  • Those in at-risk groups will be asked to be largely shielded from social contact for 12 weeks
  • The UK is to scale up Coronavirus testing in the coming weeks
  • Mass gatherings will no longer be provided with emergency workers

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our children and young people and because many fall in the at-risk group we feel it is in everyone’s best interests to cancel all our clubs, play schemes and parent carer activities for the recommended time of 12 weeks, which takes us to mid June. We will be constantly reviewing and following government guidelines and further decisions will be made once this period of time is over. We will of course keep you fully updated on this throughout.  We will continue to support parent carers in these difficult times in the best ways that we can. We regret that we will be unable to provide any care as this has health implications to you, your families and to our staff.  

Instead we have a very keen team of staff and volunteers who have offered their support in terms of shopping, collecting prescriptions and medication, taking post to the post office, walking dogs or a simple chat via a telephone call. If any parent carer finds themselves unable to leave the house through self-isolation or any other reason we are here to help. Please drop us an email or call us on 01234 351759 to request help.

We will be continuing to work from home and will continue to be there for all of you as much you need us, to try and keep spirits high in the months ahead. Our office telephone number is on a divert so we will get your calls and voicemails you leave. We know it will be a scary time for many, so we want to reassure everyone that we are there for you.

We would also like to reiterate that any payments already made by service users for schemes and clubs will be automatically added as a credit to your account. If you would prefer a refund, this is absolutely fine just please get in touch.

We will continue to update you as things unfold but please continue to stay healthy, safe and well.

With all our love 
Team BDCPS 

Co-op Community Give Back

Over the past year, BDCPS have been one of the chosen community projects which our local Co-op stores in Bedford and Kempston chose to support. Thanks to all the Co-op members for choosing BDCPS each time you bought certain Co-op branded products, which gave a percentage back to us! Your generosity totalled a phenomenal £4235.86 which was presented on a nice big cheque from the lovely Claire and David in Kempston on 23rd November. This will mean we can continue to run the family hydro swim sessions for another year! For more information about Family Swim and to find out how you can come along, please email jane@bdcps.org.uk

Host Your Own Event

Here are some ideas to help you get started on your fundraising!

Quiz Night – Whether you ask your local pub or perhaps a sports/social club, this is a really fun way to raise some money! You can charge an entry fee and gather some extra money from a raffle too! Remember to tell the audience the rules….!

  1. The Quizmaster is always right, so don’t argue!
  2. No cheating – e.g. google!
  3. Remember not to take it too seriously! IT’S FOR CHARITY!

Bingo – Eyes down for another fun, family friendly occasion!

Cake Sale/Table top/Clothes sale – A sale of any kind is a fantastic way to raise some money! You might want to do cakes for people to eat, or if you are having a clear out of clothes/shoes or any items you no longer want it is a great way to de-clutter!

Charity Golf days

Afternoon Teas

60’s/70’s/80’s themed nights

Fundraising Ball

Take part in an organised run/walk/swim/cycle – or all four!!

Challenge your nerves with an adrenaline rush – Whether it is a skydive, free-fall jump, bungee jump or abseil, this can be a daring alternative to raise money!

Dress Down Days -Always a good excuse to get in your comfy clothes in the workplace!

There are loads more ideas that we haven’t yet listed! If you need any help, do get in touch by emailing fundraising@bdcps.org.uk and remember, whatever you do, make sure it is done safely and legally!