Local activities

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

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

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.

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.

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 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 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.

Bedfordshire Fibromyalgia support group

The Disability Resource Centre runs a regular network and support group with occasional guest speakers for people with Fibromyalgia.

Dates: Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.

Please arrive at 1.15pm for a 1.30pm start.

Please do join us. If you are unable to attend, please let us know if you would like to be kept informed by e-mail or post.

Cost: £2.50 including refreshments and handouts.

Bedfordshire Victim Support

We provide domestic abuse support services across Bedfordshire and have Independent Domestic Violence Advisor services based in Luton, Bedford and at Bedford Hospital.

Monday to Friday: 8am to 5pm
Saturday: 8am to 4pm

Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service (IAPT)

The Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service offers a range of free and confidential talking therapies and specialist support to help you feel better.

Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge scheme helps you park closer to your destination if you’re disabled.

Information regarding the process how to apply for a blue badge and guidelines on what is considered when making a blue badge application.



Supporting and advocating for people with a learning disability and challenging behaviours.

Providing life and work experiences whilst helping people learn, grow and develop; we aim to give each individual a sense of purpose and achievement, helping them to build self-esteem whilst giving them the chance to discover and develop their individual abilities.