Our Summer Activity Schemes in Bedford and Luton provide social, educational and play experiences for children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (A.S.C.) aged 3 to 17 years.

We are now taking bookings for our Summer Activity Schemes for 2018. You can download a date request form below. Please be aware that the forms are to request dates only. Due to the demand for spaces we are committed to offering all applicants an opportunity to access our scheme. Each applicant is able to apply for one full week (5 days) of scheme, however depending on the demand we may not be able to offer all 5 dates if requested.

The deadline for date request forms is 5pm on Friday 9th March 2018. Forms received after this date will be added to the waiting lists if no current spaces are available. Date requests will not be processed unless the £25.00 deposit has been paid over the phone using a credit or debit card or a cheque has been received. Please note daily fees have increased for the 2018 scheme and are now £25.00.

After the closing date spaces will be allocated. You will receive confirmation of the dates you have been allocated in April along with an invoice for the remaining balance. This invoice will include membership fee of £20.00 for those who are not already members (in order to access the Summer Activity Scheme you must be a member of Autism Bedfordshire).

Due to funding we are only able to offer a maximum of a week to each child. Therefore please select the group you feel would be most suitable to your child’s needs.

Currently we run 8 separate schemes across the county.

Junior Activity Scheme

In 2017 Ofsted officials rated our Junior Activity Scheme in Luton as Outstanding.

The summary noted "Staff have an excellent understanding of holiday care. They create a relaxed and welcoming environment, where children feel at ease and develop social skills as they interact with others. They balance this extremely effectively through offering children stimulating play opportunities that help build the skills support their learning."

You can read the full report here.

Our Junior Activity Scheme is for children aged 3-9 years at any point on the autistic spectrum and can support up to 25 children per day. Each child is supported 1:1 (and occasionally, 2:1) by a trained member of staff or volunteer so they can access a wide range of activities or outings safely and according to their ability. The activities include art and crafts, soft play, sensory play, bouncy castles, music, outside play equipment, visiting entertainment and trips out to go swimming, trampolining and to indoor and outdoor activity centres.

 Venues:

 Bedford: Wootton Lower School, Harris Way, Wootton, Beds, MK43 9FZ

 Luton:  Richmond Hill School, Sunridge Ave, Luton, LU2 7JL.

Summer Fun

Summer Fun is a youth club for young people aged 10-17 years with high functioning autism or Asperger Syndrome.  It offers 1:1 support when appropriate, otherwise the young people are encouraged to interact with each other, with the staff supporting them.  Up to 10 young people can attend each day. As a result of the high demand for this scheme, we offer two weeks at both Bedford and Luton so more young people can benefit.

 They go on daily outings to swimming pools, bowling alleys, gymnastic centres, boating lakes and the cinema.

 Venues: Lealands High School, Sundon Park Road, Luton, LU3 3AL.

 Bedford: Kempston Youth Centre, Hillgrounds Road, Kempston, Bedford MK42 8QH.

 Luton: TBC

Junior Holiday Club

Junior Holiday Club is for young people aged 10-13 years with A.S.C. and moderate to severe learning difficulties. It is similar in style to Summer Fun but with a higher staffing ratio (at least 1:1 support and sometimes 2:1), to enable the young people to access the activities safely. There are a range of outings geared towards the different needs and interests of these individuals e.g. swimming, trampolining, canoeing, outdoor play and animal farms. Each group can support up to 8 young people, depending on their needs.

 Venues:

 Bedford: The Nightingale ASC Centre, Mark Rutherford School, Wentworth Drive, Bedford, MK41 8PX.

 Luton: Richmond Hill School, Sunridge Avenue, Luton, LU2 7JL.

Senior Holiday Club

Senior Holiday Club is for teenagers aged 14-17 years with A.S.C. and moderate to severe learning difficulties. As with the Junior Holiday Club, there are a range of outings to places such as Caldecotte Lake (canoeing), Milton Keynes Gym, swimming pools and Harthill Adventure Playground. Each group can support up to 8 young people, depending on their needs.

 Venues:

 Bedford:  The Nightingale ASC Centre, Mark Rutherford School, Wentworth Drive, Bedford, MK41 8PX.

 Luton: Richmond Hill School, Sunridge Ave, Luton, LU2 7JL.

Date Request Form - Bedford

Date Request Form - Luton

Ours are the only schemes in Bedfordshire and Luton specialised to support children and young people with A.S.C..  We spend a great deal of time planning the programme of activities, assessing each child’s needs and structuring the days to take account of these needs.  The result is, we believe, a quality social experience for the children and a rewarding experience for all who work on the project.

All of our activity schemes provide a wide range of appropriate and engaging social, play and sporting activities including sand and water play, art and crafts, bouncy castles, swimming and visits to popular outdoor activity venues.  Please note that all activities are subject to change and some are yet to be confirmed. You will still be able to drop your child(ren) between 9.30 – 10am. Daily activities will still commence after 10am and collection is at 3pm. 

If you have any questions or are unsure which group would be most suitable and would like to discuss this, please contact a member of the Children’s Services Team in the office on 01234 350704.