Bedfordshire Opportunities for Learning Disabilities (previously known as Beds Garden Carers), was set up in 1997 to offer work experience for adults with learning disabilities.
Throughout the last 25 years the project has flourished and developed a wide array of work experiences, educational and social opportunities, workshops and meaningful day services for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour along with a diverse range of additional disabilities.
People with learning disabilities can suffer from discrimination, bullying, social isolation and poor health throughout their lives and it is the case that there is a lack of opportunities for this group of people and their needs are often neglected; our project addresses many of these challenges, on a daily basis, by working with them and their families helping them to live the life they choose.
BOLD has established a very successful model which our trustees would like to expand and develop further. Owing to the size and layout of our present building we are frustrated in the restricted numbers of members we can have at any one time and are limited in the scope of services we can provide.
A new building has been designed and it will enable us to develop further our current programmes and extend into a wide range of inclusive beneficial services and activities that are currently limited in provision or just not available.
Currently we have over 130 people accessing our day opportunities and attending our clubs, evening functions and holidays. Our current range that people can choose from includes: