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Bedford & District Society

for people with learning difficulties


National links


Royal Mencap

Royal Mencap is the national organisation to which Bedford Mencap is affiliated. Services are wide ranging and the web site contains lots of useful information. If you would like to discover more about the national Mencap organisation go to www.mencap.org.uk


If you have a general enquiry about services for people with a learning disability, please contact the Mencap Learning Disability Helpline on 0808 808 1111.


Mencap Artspider

Mencap Artspider is a Mencap backed website featuring work by artists with learning disabilities including; video, poetry, music and paintings, photos and drawings.


For more information go to www.artspider.org.uk You can also contact Artspider by emailing the at artspider@mencap.org.uk


Association for Supported Living

This is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improvement of supported living services for people with learning disabilities. For more information please see the website details and link below:


Website: www.a-s-l.org.uk


British Institute of Learning Difficulties

The British Institute of Learning Difficulties is a national charity committed to improving the quality of life people in the UK with a learning disability.


To check out their website please go to www.bild.org.uk



Cerebra is a charity set up to help improve the lives of children with brain related conditions. They offer financial assistance through grants and vouchers as well as practical and emotional help via their sleep service and stress helpline.



Second Floor Offices

The Lyric Building

King Street


SA31 1BD



Tel: 01267 244 200

National helpline: 0800 328 1159

Fax: 01267 244 201


Email enquiries@cerebra.org.uk

Website: www.cerebra.org.uk



Contact a Family

Contact a Family provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children. For further advice on Contact a Family please go to their website. Details follow below:


Website: www.cafamily.org.uk


Department of Work and Pensions – Benefit enquiry line

General Enquires: 0800 882 200

Website: www.gov.uk


Downs Syndrome Association

This is a national organisation focusing on all aspects of living with Down’s syndrome. It has a national office and a network of regional volunteer support groups.


Langdon Down Centre

2a Langdon Park



TW11 9PS


Tel Helpline: 0333 1212 300

Open Monday to Friday, 10.00am – 4.00pm.

Tel: Education Advice 0845 230 2172

Email: educate@downs-syndrome.org.uk

Website: www.downs-syndrome.org.uk


Dyspraxia Foundation

Tel: 01462 454 986 (10.00am – 1.00pm Monday to Friday)


Email: dyspraxia@dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk

Web: www.dysparxiafoundation.org.uk


Epilepsy Action

Tel: 0113 210 8800

Helpline: 0808 800 5050

Email: epilepsy@epilepsy.org.uk

Website: www.epilepsy.org.uk


Equality and Human Rights Commission

This is a government organisation which promotes and advises on equality and human rights including the work of the former Disability Rights Commission.


Tel: 0808 800 0082


Website: www.equalityadvisoryservice.com


Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

The organisation is part of the Mental Health Foundation and works to promote the rights, quality of life and opportunities for people with learning disabilities and their families.


Tel: 0207 803 1100


Website: www.learningdisabilities.org.uk


Grooms Holidays

Grooms Holidays is a charity which provides holiday services and housing to people with disabilities and their carers.


Tel: 08456 584 478


National Autistic Society

This is the UK’s leading charity for people affected by autism.


Telephone Helpline: 0808 800 4104

Website: www.autism.org.uk


PWSA (Prader-Willi Syndrome Association)

Email: admin@pwsa.co.uk

Tel: 01332 365 676 (9.30am – 3.30pm Monday to Friday)

Website: www.pwsa.co.uk


Rett Syndrome Association (RSAUK)

Tel: 01582 798 911

Email: support@rettuk.org

Website: www.rettuk.org



Scope is a national organisation focusing on all aspects of living with cerebral palsy.

Helpline: 0808 800 3333

Email: response@scope.org.uk

Website: www.scope.org.uk


Social Care Line

This is the UK’s most extensive database of social care information.


Tel: 020 7024 7650

Email: socialcareonline@scie.org.uk

Website: www.scie-socialcareonline.org.uk


Tax Credit Helpline

Tel: 0345 300 3900

Website: www.gov.uk/taxcredit


Telephone Helplines Association

The Telephone Helplines Assocaition organisation provides independent, expert advice, support, training and advocacy for the providers and users of helplines.


Website: www.helplines.org.uk



Unique is a UK-based charity which welcomes members worldwide. Unique is a source of information and support to families and individuals affected by any rare chromosome disorder and to the professionals who work with them.



PO Box 2189





Tel: 01883 330 766

Email: info@rarechromo.org

Website: www.rarechromo.org


Vitalise (formerly Winged Fellowship Trust)

Vitalise is a national disability charity providing breaks for people with disabilities of all ages and their carers.


Tel: 0303 303 0145

Email: bookings@vitalise.org.uk

Website: www.vitalise.org.uk