- CBC - Advice Central
- Anglian Water - Private Pumping Stations
- Nurse Led Clinic Family Information - understanding behaviour and sleep problems in children (SEPT)
- BiggleswadeTalking Newspaper
- Power Cut - Contact Details (101)
- The Academy - Get Qualified to Work with Children and Young People
- Bedfordshire Age UK
- Making a positive difference through Talking Therapies
- (CAP) Buying alcohol at CHRISTMAS for someone under 18?
- Link a Ride - Enquiries
- Sleeping Rough Update - Not sure how to help someone sleeping rough?
- Biggleswade Community Agent
- Dog Training
- Revitalise (was Vitalise)
- Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP)
- Biggleswade Talking Newspaper
- Voluntary and Community Action
- Midshire Search and Rescue Voluntary Group
- The Windfarm Community Fund
- Green Aiders: free gardening help for Biggleswade residents
- Biggleswade Walk 4 Health
Please note information is in the same order as listed above.
CBC - Advice Central
The Academy - Next Course on Tuesday 13 June
Anglian Water - Private Pumping Stations
Biggleswade Town Council has received the following notification from Anglian Water:
Currently, homeowners spend
hundreds of pounds every year for electricity running costs, maintenance
and repairs to look after these private pumping stations. They may even
have been flooded if it’s broken down in the past.
As of 1 October 2016, many of these private pumping stations automatically transferred over to Anglian Water and became our responsibility. We have taken over all of the maintenance and the running costs too, saving customers hassle, worry and money.
We’d like to ask for your support in letting local residents know about this, and asking them to get in touch with us if they think they have a private pumping station.
To help customers identify and report the pumping stations, further information can be found: www.anglianwater.co.uk/privatepumpingstation
If you have any questions about this campaign, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any other queries, please contact our Public Affairs Team on email@example.com.
Thank you in advance for your support. Anglian Water Private Pumping Stations Campaign Team
Nurse Led Clinic (SEPT)
The Nurse led clinic workshops for Behaviour and Sleep are a new service based at the Child Development Centre in Kempston.
They offer support in a group setting to families who are experiencing similar difficulties and provides practical solutions and strategies to manage sleep and behaviour concerns.
For further information please click here: Additional Information
Biggleswade Talking Newspaper
The Academy - Get Qualified to Work with Children and Young People
Working with children can be both demanding and rewarding. This leaflet will tell you how the Central Bedfordshire Academy of Social Work and Early Intervention can help you start or further your career in childcare.
Please click here to view the PDF version of The Academy's leaflet.
Age UK Bedfordshire is a local, independent charitable organisation, devoted to older people and their informal carers. They are all about prevention and their main aim is to help older people in Bedfordshire to enjoy their later years and to remain in their own homes longer.
Please click here for the PDF version of their VOICE Magazine
Hard copies of VOICE are distributed to 2000 older more vulnerable people in Bedfordshire every 6 months. The next publication is due in May 2017. If you require hard copies please contact Jo Rising the Facilities and Support Services Manager:
Also you can contact Jo Rising if you feel or know someone who would like to contribute to the magazine.
Making a positive difference through Talking Therapies
If you suffer from any of the following then this Wellbeing Service will help you:
For further information please call into our offices in Saffron Road for a leaflet
- Not Sleeping
- No Motivation
- Low Mood
CAP Notification - Christmas Underage Supply of Alcohol
In Partnership with Biggleswade Town Council, Police, Trading Standards, Alcohol Retailers, Schools and the community, we wish to draw your attention to the following:
Supplying alcohol to a person under the age of 18 is illegal. This action can result in a £90 on-the-spot fine or a criminal record.
LINK A RIDE
We have been asked by Link a Ride to add their poster so you can become aware of their services - assisting people who are unable to use ordinary buses.
SLEEPING ROUGH UPDATE
Streetlink Promotion - Not sure how to help someone sleeping Rough?_____________________________________________________________________BIGGLESWADE COMMUNITY AGENT - FREE SERVICE
We have received this Streetlink Promotion from Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) regarding people who may be sleeping rough.
Streetlink are funded by the Government as part of its commitment to end rough sleeping. They aim to offer the public a means to act when they see someone sleeping rough, and provide the first step someone can take to ensure people sleeping rough are connected to the local services and support available to them. Streetlink will notify CBC of any rough sleepers in our district which are reported by the public. CBC can then refer to outreach workers to support them.
CBC would like to heighten the public's awareness of Streetlink, especially with winter approaching. Anyone can become homeless, and sleeping rough can be dangerous and can damage the person's health. Rough sleepers may not be known to local services because they remain out of sight, bedding down at different times of day or night, and moving from place to place.
The post of Biggleswade Community Agent is hosted by Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity and is largely funded by Biggleswade Town Council.
A new source of support is available to the residents of Biggleswade and Gill Reeves has been appointed the Community Agent. Gill will be seeking to help residents access information and services; particularly those struggling with an issue and do not know where to turn for help, or who are feeling socially isolated. The service is free and confidential and includes signposting to statutory and voluntary organisations; and community groups.
Gill can talk to you over the phone or visit you at home to help with things such as;
feeling safer at home
pensions and benefits
support for carers
joining a local group
local volunteering opportunities
housing issues or
If you, or someone you know, could benefit from this support, please call Gill on
07534 484750, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be advised Gill is DBS checked and usually works 9.00 am - 2.30 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
For key points please click here: Key Points
REVITALISE SUPPORT FUND
Respite holidays for disabled people and carers - Revitalise have introduced a Support Fund. If you wish to receive further information then please call into our offices in Saffron Road for a copy of their brochure.
CAP UPDATE - July 2016
Supplying alcohol for someone under 18 is illegal - We have received useful information on CAP and have a limited amount of packs in the Biggleswade Town Council offices should you wish to have one.
CAP - 1
For further information please click on the links below:
/Biggleswade-TC/UserFiles/Files/CAP - 2.pdf
/Biggleswade-TC/UserFiles/Files/CAP - 3.pdf
VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY ACTION
Do you need help in preparing for the workplace -
Please click here for Contact Details and further information - Thank you.
MIDSHIRE SEARCH AND RESCUE VOLUNTARY GROUP
Are you aware of a missing vulnerable person - Midshires Search and Rescue is a voluntary group which assists the police in searching for missing vulnerable people, and helps the other emergency services during civil emergencies. They are urgent need to recruit more volunteers and we are underrepresented with people from West Bedfordshire and particularly from the Biggleswade area.
Please click here for more information
THE WINDFARM COMMUNITY FUND
Are you seeking funding for projects - The Windfarm Community Fund is a result of the Langford and Biggleswade Windfarm development. Applications are welcome from voluntary and community organisations seeking funding for projects in the Langford and Biggleswade area.
An application form and guidance notes are available from the Councils website. Environmental, education and Community projects can be supported and must fit any of the following criteria; the use of Renewable Energy; Energy conservation; Environmental education; Initiatives to promote greening of communities with in the ‘parishes’; the application of energy efficiency measures; Community engagement and development and Initiatives that encourage sustainable communities.
Contact Sarah Hughes Community Engagement Manager 0300 300 6166 for further information or discuss ideas and visit the Councils website for the application form (see link above).
GREEN AIDERS: FREE GARDENING HELP FOR BIGGLESWADE RESIDENTS
Are you over 65 and need help with your garden - Gardens in Biggleswade will be getting some care and attention over the coming months – without householders having to get their hands dirty or spend a single penny!
Green Aiders is a free one-off gardening service for older (65 years plus) and disabled people in Biggleswade, run by community charity Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire.
From January to April the Green Aiders will tame 16 gardens. The work will be carried out in two-and-half-hour sessions by Groundwork staff and a volunteer team of adults with learning disabilities. Residents can be council or housing association tenants, owner-occupiers or private tenants.
The aim of the project is to improve the physical health and mental wellbeing of vulnerable and disabled residents in Biggleswade, as well as providing the volunteers with valuable gardening training and experience. The Green Aiders will, under the supervision of Groundwork staff, provide a garden rescue service for older and vulnerable householders whose gardens have fallen into a state of disrepair.
Councillor Carole Hegley, Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive Member for Social Care and Housing, said: “This sounds like a win-win situation, as the team of volunteers will benefit from some physical and social activity in the outdoors, and residents will benefit from having their garden made over.
“The volunteers tend to come from the same area as those they are helping, so they get to chat with other people living in their community as well as seeing the physical benefits of the work which they are doing. And the skills which they learn during the Green Aiders scheme can be transferred to other areas including the workplace.
“Having a tidy garden means the residents we are helping will be able to enjoy the health benefits of being able to get outdoors without fear of tripping over in an unkempt area, for example.”
Chris, a Green Aiders volunteer in 2015, said: “Green Aiders has taught me a lot of things and helped me relearn a lot too. I always feel better at the end of a Green Aiders day because it’s active and social. It’s given me a chance to do better for myself and for other people at the same time.”
If you or someone you know needs a Green Aiders visit, call Christian on 01582 720147 or email Christian.Iszchak@groundwork.org.uk.
Green Aiders is funded by the Oliver Ford Foundation, Langford and Biggleswade Community Fund Group’s Local Community Fund, and Biggleswade Deanery.
BIGGLESWADE WALK 4 HEALTH
Regular Weekly Walks -
Wednesdays at 10.00am
Walks of approx. 30-40mins and 60 - 90 mins,
Meet: Dan Albone Car Park, Shortmead Street,
With the opportunity to stop for tea and coffee after the walk
Thursdays at 10.00am
Walks of approx. 30-40mins and 60 - 90 mins
Meet: Stratton School, Eagle Farm Road
For those looking to do a little bit more:
Tuesday Afternoon 2pm
Walking with Janette: approx. 90 mins.
Start points vary – phone or email Janette for details.*
NO NEED TO BOOK - JUST TURN UP WHY NOT TRY THEM ALL?
For further information please contact:
Janette Sibley: *Tel: 07771 54 0117 e-mail: email@example.com
Mike Fayers: Bedfordshire Health Walks Manager Tel: 01234 832619