Updates June 2020: Latest updates from the government for education and childcare settings can be found by clicking here.

There have been changes to BDCPS services following the recent Covid -19 outbreak and recommendations from the government.

BDCPS have already made a switch to the ‘virtual world’ and are finding as many ways as we can to stay in touch, maintain support and keep spirits high. We are busy creating resources for you to use at home too, these will be available to download in our Resources section of the website, which also contains links to useful websites during this crisis.

We have developed a COVID 19 policy and we highly recommend that all parents, carers and staff & volunteers read it carefully. Face to face services will be reviewed again after the 12 week period of social distancing, which will be June 17th. We will continue to review regularly and update you on any new initiatives or changes. The office team are all still available and will be safely working from their homes.

To keep spirits high we have planned a number virtual activities to keep everyone at home occupied. Our support for young people includes virtual clubs where our registered young people meet up online with friends and there’s chat, music and lots of fun via Zoom.  We also have a dedicated closed Facebook group for registered young people to chat, share stories, ask questions and get information and support.  We also have trained staff making calls to young people who are feeling isolated.

We have teamed up with Spectrum Community Arts to give free access for our registered users to join Jade in the sensory movement, dance and interactive story telling sessions via Zoom. Our parent carer choir will continue to run on Zoom; we will be holding fortnightly quizzes, which are FREE to enter, but optional donations can be made using this link. Keep looking out for other activities we have coming up!

We are continuing to plan for ‘Skool’s Out’ summer playscheme, but this is of course something which may change but we will keep all updated when we have more information nearer the time.

Summer bookings have been sent to all parent carers, so please do get these back to us with your requests, as soon as you can. Although summer this year will run very differently with small groups onsite at Ridgeway, we have some exciting and creative ideas to make this summer as special as it can be! For any parents who have worries or concerns and no longer wish to send their child along, this is absolutely fine, just let us know. We are putting in place stringent safety measures to protect our young people and staff. Do get in touch if you have any questions at all.

Links for information about COVID-19

How to wash your hands – video

How to wash your hands – printable PDF

Government guidance on Covid-19

NHS health information on Covid-19

Self-Isolation tips

Register for support as an extremely vulnerable person

List of vulnerable conditions

Parent Advice Sheet

Hospital Communication Passport – a really useful resource from ‘Include Me Too’. One we hope you will not need, but it is good to be prepared.

Bedford Borough Council Support Hub are working hard to support residents who are in self-isolation with no family or friends to help. They have set up a Community Hub to deliver basic food parcels, collect and deliver essential prescriptions and offer a friendly link with the outside world. If you need help: if you have no family or friends to help and you need food or prescriptions, you can ask the Community Hub for help. People can ring 718101 or email  Covid19help@bedford.gov.uk
If you can offer help: if you and others in your household are healthy and you want to help us support residents who have no other support network, then they would love to hear from you.

Bedford and Luton Crisis Support: Click HERE for information

Social Prescribing: People can still self-refer to social prescribing for support – https://yourwellbeingbedfordshire.org.uk/improve-your-quality-of-life/support-and-advice/

Kempston Advice Hub: Supporting people with money, housing, benefits, health and wellbeing concerns. People can still self-refer / refer: Click HERE for referral form and information

Noah Academy will be hosting an online course using the application ‘Zoom’. This course will be focusing on combating feelings of stress and anxiety over isolation during this COVID-19 quarantine through work with mindfulness. Courses are being run using an online website or application and so learners MUST have access to a phone, smartphone, tablet or laptop AND an email account. 
The class will run Mondays & Wednesdays 13:00-16:00
Next start dates: Monday 27th April 

Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service (Improving access to psychological therapies) is still taking referrals.  However as staff are working from home they are asking people to e-mail.  Details at https://bedfordshirewellbeingservice.nhs.uk/