Local activities

Our local activities section is currently offline due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Most local groups and activities are now not happening.

This section will be back up and running as soon as local community activities restart.

If you are feeling isolated and lonely, or need help dealing with your problems then getting involved with a local group can offer great support.

Use our local activities listing to browse through some of the help and support that is available in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire.

24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline

The Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

A Different Brew Cafe

A Different Brew offer a wide variety of snacks, hot meals, home-made baked goods for you to try.

A warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere.

Active Lifestyle Service

Whether you are completely new to sport or physical activity or would like to do a little more each day, we can help.

As part of our leisure services, our active lifestyles team is dedicated to the development and delivery of physical activity and wellness programme, ensuring the whole community has the opportunity to lead an active, healthy and happier life.

We have a wide range of events every week, from free guided walks to walking football. Each event is listed on the Central Bedfordshire Council website showing where it is and if it is free or has a cost.

Age UK Bedfordshire

Age UK Bedfordshire is an independent local charity. We’ve been working in the local community to help older people for 30 years. We have 20 dedicated staff and over 15 volunteers helping us to deliver services and activities for older people in Bedfordshire.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.

AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Amicus trust, Bedford

Amicus Trust have been supporting the single homeless community for over 40 years, and our commitment now is as strong as it was in 1974.

We have grown from our roots as a soup kitchen and now have projects offering support and accommodation in Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Huntingdonshire and Buckinghamshire.

Autism Bedford

Autism Bedfordshire’s services help break down the barriers to social participation for autistic people and their families by providing places where they can go and feel comfortable, accepted and not judged by society.

Baby Brasseries, breastfeeding support groups

Baby Brasseries are social support groups for breastfeeding mums, where they can access support from each other and staff.

For further information regarding Baby Brasserie venues speak to your health visitor or visit: NHS Bedfordshire Children & Young People’s Services Facebook Page.

Bedford 5K Your Way, Move Against Cancer

5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer is a community-based initiative to encourage those living with and beyond cancer, families, friends and those working in cancer services to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at a local 5k Your Way Parkrun event.

Meeting point: The bandstand

When: Last Saturday of every month

Contact: Sylvia Jones

Bedford Bereavement Befrienders

Meets Every Tuesday from 10.00am – 12.00pm in the Chapter House. 

Bedford Bereavement Befrienders run a drop-in support centre from the Chapter House every Tuesday between 10.00am and 12.00pm providing both a coffee morning or the one to one counselling for adults whether recently bereaved or many years past.

Bedford Borough Council Active Adults Programme

We offer a range of sporting activities for adults. This enables you to increase your fitness and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.


Bedford Borough Council Housing Advice

We can give you advice and support with:

  • managing your landlord / tenant relationship
  • how a landlord can end your tenancy
  • illegal eviction
  • mediation with family and friends who are asking you to leave
  • relationship breakdown
  • claiming benefits to help you stay in your property
  • managing debt to reduce arrears

Bedford Borough Early Help

Bedford Borough’s Early Help Guide aims to provide information on services in Bedford Borough for parents, children, young people and professionals working with families. Whether you are looking for childcare, youth clubs, activities, support groups, voluntary organisations or targeted services for children.

Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum

BBPCF are a group of parents and carers of SEN & disabled children who work in partnership with local authorities, education, health, social care and other providers to ensure the services they commission, plan and deliver meet the needs of SEN & disabled children and their families.

Any parent or carer of a child or young person aged 0-25 can be a member.

Bedford Foodbank

We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis.

We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Our foodbank works using a voucher referral system. In order to get help from our foodbank, you will need a voucher issued by local agencies.

Bedford Guild House

Bedford Guild House is a registered charity in the heart of Bedford Town Centre.

We offer a wide range of activities and social events for people aged 50+.
You will find something for everyone here – tutored arts and crafts lessons, well-being and physical fitness classes and one off workshops. We also organise day-trips and holidays.  We have comfortable spaces for people to socialise and make new friends.

Bedford Menopause Support Group

This is a new group is for anyone who is perimenopause, menopause, or anyone who wants to find out more information.

The aim of the group is to arrange meetings to allow people to openly discuss the topic, at times inviting professional speakers.

Bedford Stroke Association

Bedford Stroke Recovery Service provides high quality information, practical advice and emotional support following a stroke. Whether you are a stroke survivor, carer or family member, we will begin working with you after a stroke. We will continue to provide the support you need, both at home and in the wider community.

Bedford Women’s Centre

Bedford Women’s Centre is based in the Raleigh Centre which is in the Cauldwell ward of Bedford on Ampthill Road. Our aim is to support women in the community to improve the quality of life for them and their families. We offer one to one support and mentoring, weekly workshops, training courses and support groups for women to promote healthy relationships and eradicate Domestic Abuse.

Bedfordshire & Luton Care Services Directory

The Bedfordshire & Luton Care Services Directory 2019/20 lists care providers and care homes across Bedfordshire.

Due to Coronavirus our service is now operating a telephone response only. However, our team is still offering support.Do you need help?