About us...

We started in 1997

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. 

Over the last 26 years the project has evolved and flourished into a service whereby we offer a range of different workshop and social activities and support to enhance each individuals level of independence, social opportunities and wellbeing support for all of  the people who use our service. All of our activities and workshops are designed and planned to meet the needs of our service users in order to provide a meaningful day service for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. 

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 and by working together with service users and their families / carers our aim is to helping individuals 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.

We are actively working on the development of our site in order to further develop our offer and increase the range of activities and support that we can provide.  This will help us to extend the range of inclusive beneficial services and activities that are currently limited in provision or just not available.

What we do and offer...

Currently we have over 130 people accessing our day opportunities and attending our clubs, evening functions and holidays. Below is a sample list of the type of activities that we provide
  • Gardening / Horticulture
  • Woodwork                                                  
  • Independent Living skills
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Drama
  • Gym
  • Swimming
  • Music
  • Interaction within the community / volunteering on community project
  • Working in our Tea Room & Store front and back of house
Please contact us for further information.