I am pleased to say that as of the Beginning of May 2017 we have changed our legal name to Bedfordshire Opportunities for Learning Disabilities or BOLD for short. We felt that our new name encompasses more clearly our activities and where we do it.

This was changed at the Charity Commission and Companies House. Our Charity number remains the same (1091271) as do our email, website and telephone numbers. Our email and website will change to reflect our new name in the future.

I would also like to inform you of a change in address.  We have now moved from our Brereton Road site and are now spread around Bedford using three sites. Our new official address will be the site where our café is operating from and where our new centre will be:

106 Clapham Road



MK41 7PJ

We have put in place mail forwarding for 6 months from the Brereton Road site just in case.

All correspondence in written form will now come with our new name, logo and address.



Planning Permission achieved for the new Education and work training centre with social and community facilities

Details of the BOLD appeal can be found on our dedicated web page – Capital Appeal


Café open 6 days a week

Our café, A Different Brew, located in the former Anglers Rest Public House is now open 6 days a week, Sunday to Friday (Closed Saturday for private functions).


BGC’s sound walk

Some of the project members recently collaborated with Kathy Hinde at Bedford Creative Arts in a sound project. They went for a walk around Bedford and recorded sounds that they heard. They had great fun walking around town recording sounds then after lunch they learnt how to up load and edit the recordings. They then put them onto the internet.

To listen to our sounds go to:

Click on Sound Map and select Beds Garden Carers from the drop down list under Filter by user.

Some of their comments and thoughts:

Helen: It was really, really interesting how the noises sounded when we listened to them. I liked going to the park and then listening on the head phones. I had loads of fun.

Brian: I thought it was good, sounds were interesting especially the gate noise. I would do it again if I was asked. It was fun!!!

Gary: It was brilliant, I liked the sound they were good. I liked the squeaking gate and the drilling. I liked walking. I had a good day I learnt new stuff. Smile


Lunch Club.

BGC’s lunch club has started again, it is £2, per person per day for a home cooked lunch/meal. Please see Nick at BGC for menu and for booking/paying.

Deal or No Deal Auction Evening.

BGC held it’s Deal Or No Deal Auction evening on Friday 19th August, thank you for all that supported the evening by attending and bidding generously on the boxes. In total nearly £800 was raised and will be go a long way towards reaching the goal of £1500 required to send the education department to the Tower of London.

Holiday Home Survey

Beds Garden Carers are looking to raise funds to purchase a holiday home that could be used by families of people with learning disabilities, indivuduals or even groups.

We need to know if this is something that would be used if we were sucessful in raising the funds; to help us do this it would be very helpful if you could complete the small 10 question survey……just follow the link.

Thank you.

Click here to take survey