We are now taking bookings for our Summer Activity Schemes for 2019. You can download a date request form below. Please be aware that the forms are to request dates only. 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 days.

Summer term dates vary across Bedfordshire which has affected our schedule, therefore please ensure you tick the correct dates on your request form.

The deadline for date request forms is 5pm on Friday 1st March 2019. 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 both the form and £25.00 deposit have been received. You can pay over the phone using a credit or debit card or by cheque made payable to 'Autism Bedfordshire'. We are also able to accept direct payments; please contact us to for details. Please note daily fees for the 2019 scheme are £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.

Date Request Cover Letter

Date Request Form - Bedford

Date Request Form - Luton

If you are returning our form by post, please note our address is: Suite B1, 1 Hammond Road, Elms Farm Industrial Estate, Bedford MK41 0UD.

Please select the group you feel would be most suitable to your child’s needs. The 2019 schemes will consist of the following groups:

ACTIVITY SCHEME: For children with autism and Asperger Syndrome aged 3-9 years old. We provide 1:1 and occasionally 2:1 where necessary, supporting up to 25 children each day.

JUNIOR HOLIDAY CLUB: For young people with autism and moderate to severe learning difficulties between 10-13 years old. We provide 1:1 and 2:1 where necessary, supporting up to 8 young people each day.

SENIOR HOLIDAY CLUB: For young people with autism and moderate to severe learning difficulties between 14-17 years old. We provide 1:1 and 2:1 where necessary, supporting up to 8 young people each day.

SUMMER FUN: For young people with high functioning autism or Asperger Syndrome between 10-17 years old.  We provide support for up to 10 young people each day.

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 need to drop your child to the venue base between 9.30 and 10am. Collection is at 3pm. Daily activities will commence after 10am. Please take note of venue details for each group as these may be different from previous years.

Venue Details

Group

Bedford

Luton

Junior Activity Scheme (3-9yrs)

Wootton Lower School – Harris Way site

Richmond Hill Special School – West site

Junior Holiday Club (10-13yrs)

Wootton Lower School – Harris Way site

Richmond Hill Special School – West site

Senior Holiday Club (14-17yrs)

Wootton Lower School – Harris Way site

Richmond Hill Special School – West site

Summer Fun (10-17yrs)

Kempston Youth Centre (Week 1 & 2)

Families United Network Centre (Week 1) & Lealands High School (Week 2)

If you have any questions or are unsure which group would be most suitable for your child then please contact a member of the Children’s Services Team in the office on (01234) 214871.

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.

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.