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Bedford & District Citizens Advice Bureau

What We Do

Get advice online now from for practical, reliable, up-to-date CAB information on a wide range of topics. The information covers England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and is continuously reviewed by our team of advisers.

Support Us

Volunteer for us an adviser or gateway adviser. Contact for more details. All training provided

Road Victims Trust

What We Do

The Road Victims Trust is a registered charity offering a range of free support services to residents of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire who have been affected by fatal road collisions. The support is provided by specialist counselling volunteers, supported by experienced staff Co-ordinators.
Every referral we receive is for us a tragedy unfolding, of lives and families changed forever, but also represents a chance for us to offer our service that will make a difference to those affected.

146 Bedford Road, Kempston, Bedford MK42 8BH

Registered charity number 1142336

Support Us

You can help in many ways, by organising an event to raise much needed funds, forming a Community Fundraising Group, Corporate sponsorship, joining our Club 1000 and attending events. Anything that you do will be very much appreciated.
8.30am – 4.30pm Monday – Friday

Relate Bedfordshire and Luton

What We Do

We can help you, your partner and family with breakups, arguments, affairs, sexual problems, step-families, retirement, new baby… anything that has an effect on your relationships.

Registered charity number 1096688

6 St Pauls Square Bedford MK40 1SQ

Young People Counselling: 07904 791022

Education & Learning: 01234 342503

Support Us

Ways in which you can help include:
Single donation ~ Regular donation ~ Volunteer ~ Leave a legacy


What We Do

Talk to us any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.

Registered charity number 219432

23 Foster Hill Rd Bedford Bedfordshire MK40 2ES

Support Us

Donate or volunteer. Your nearest branch will get in touch and invite you to an information evening, where you can talk to people from your area who already volunteer, and ask as many questions as you like

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Bedfordshire Wildlife Rescue

What We Do

Bedfordshire Wildlife Rescue was set up by Sam Bedford, who has been involved in animal welfare for many years and runs the charity with a small team of volunteers from her home in Houghton Regis.
Small Wildlife rehabilitation Charity specialising in bird care in Beds and Herts.

Registered charity number 1110714

Support Us

Legacies ~ Sponsorship ~ Donations ~ Fund raise for us

Bedfordshire Wildlife Trust

What We Do

The Trust has managed nature reserves, right across the three counties, for many years.
Now we’re connecting these reserves together. We’re working with other land owners and managers, to create ‘joined up’ landscapes that are more valuable for wildlife.

Registered charity number 1000412

Support Us

  • Support us- Join! Every single person who joins makes a vital difference…
  • You will save nature and wildlife sites close to home
  • You will join a growing band of 35,000 local people who already support our work
  • You will enjoy lots of chances to get closer to nature – events, activities, practical ideas and things to spot
  • As well as visiting our 126 local nature reserves, you have access to nearly 2300 reserves nationally (a small list of exceptions apply)
  • As a member you can request a permit for Pitsford Nature Reserve free of charge.

RSPCA – Bedfordshire North Branch

What We Do

We run our Charity Shop on Bedford Bus Station. RSPCA Bedfordshire North branch is a small independent animal charity that works under the guidance of the national RSPCA. The branch foster carers provide a safe place for rabbits, cats and other small animals that the national RSPCA inspectors collect and rescue.

6 Thurlow St, Bedford MK40 1LR, United Kingdom

Registered charity number 202037

Support Us

Volunteer at our shop, donate or adopt an animal.

Canine Partners

What We Do

Canine Partners train dogs to assist with a range of practical tasks such as:

  • Opening and closing doors and cupboards
  • Retrieving a variety of items
  • helping you to get undressed
  • pressing buttons and switches
  • raising the alarm in an emergency
  • unloading washing machines and tumble driers
  • much more besides, depending on your individual needs

Lorraine Lotan, Satellite Co-ordinator
Clapham, Bedford,
Lorraine specialises in promoting responsible dog ownership, making dog training fun for dogs and owners in obedience and agility.

Registered No. 803680

Support Us

Fundraise, become a Volunteer Puppy Parent

Cats Protection Bedford, Biggleswade and District

What We Do

  • rehoming around 200 cats a year
  • running a trap, neuter and release service for feral cats
  • promoting neutering
  • running a lost and found service for cats in our area
  • offering support and advice to people with cat-related problems.

12 Springfield Avenue, Bedford MK42 7PR

Registered No. 203644

Support Us

You are now able to donate to the branch via our PayPal account on MissionFish. Donations do not only have to be financial – we always welcome unopened cat food, such as food which perhaps your own cat does not like. Prescription food is particularly welcome, because we do need this for some of the cats in our care, but it is expensive. Please contact us for more information, or simply drop the food off at our shop at the Springfield Centre, Orchard Street, Kempston.

Hula Animal Rescue

What We Do

The aims of the Charity are to relieve suffering and distress, by providing refuge and care to unwanted domestic animals until suitable permanent adoptions can be found

Registered Charity No 1094115

Support Us

Volunteer, at HULA the staff rely on volunteers to help with many aspects of the daily animal care.
We are open to visitors Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Monday) between 1pm and 3pm.

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Autism Bedfordshire

What We Do

Autism Bedfordshire provide different services for all those affected by autism. Please contact us for information on Children’s Services (Aged 0 – 17) or Adult Services (Aged 18+).

Autism Bedfordshire Salamander House 2 – 10 St John’s Street Bedford MK42 0DH

Registration no: 04632497

Support Us

There are a number of ways to ‘Get Involved’ with Autism Bedfordshire, from raising money, volunteering your time, becoming a member or working for us!

Bedford & District Cerebral Palsy Society

What We Do

Originally established in 1954, BDCPS is a small local charity which provides play schemes and youth clubs for disabled young people (aged 0 to 25) in addition to critical support and funding to families, parents and carers.
At BDCPS we focus on ABILITY rather than disability. We go to great lengths to en-sure all clubs are inclusive, creative, inspiring and empowering.

Centre for Voluntary Services, 43 Bromham Road, Bedford, MK40 2AA

Registration no: 1156447

Support Us

Volunteering at BDCPS is great fun and extremely rewarding! It looks great on your CV and it gives you a unique opportunity to make a difference to the lives of disabled young people in the community. If your school, work or organisation are interested in hosting a fundraiser on our behalf we would be extremely grateful!


What We Do

At Headway Bedford we provide a supportive and stimulating environment for people who have an acquired brain injury. We recognise that each person is different and no two injuries are the same and for this reason our services reflect this, focusing on the needs of the individual.

Bedford Health Village, Kimbolton Road, Bedford MK40 2NT

Registration no: 1075469

Support Us

Volunteer. Those working in local Groups and Branches throughout the UK may need your help. It could be a few hours a week giving administrative help, time spent on a telephone information line, helping with activities for those with brain injury, posting leaflets in your area, or organising outings and events. Help may be needed with activities such as art and crafts, hobbies, and computer skills.

Help for Heroes

What We Do

If you have suffered a life-changing injury or illness whilst in service, or you care for someone who has, we are here for you. Find out how we can provide swift financial assistance and a long term support network while sharing incredible offers we receive from the hugely supportive public.

Unit 14 Parkers Close, Downton Business Centre, Downton, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 3RB

Registration no: 1120920

Support Us

Do a bike ride, volunteer at one of our national collection weekends, get your company involved…or just donate!

MS Therapy Centre

What We Do

Provides therapy, support and information to all MS sufferers. Activities: physiotherapy, counselling, speech therapy, dietician, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, yoga, aromatherapy, reflexology, chiropody, massage and continence advice. All ages. No membership fee – by donations. Disabled access.

Bradbury House 155 Barkers Lane Bedford MK41 9RX

Registration no: 802510

Support Us

Volunteer, fundraise or donate.


What We Do

Dreamflight is a UK charity that changes young lives through taking children with a serious illness or disability, without their parents, on the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida.

7C Hill Avenue, Amersham, Bucks. HP6 5BD, UK

Registration no: 1117303/SC044892

Support Us

There are many different ways in which you can support Dreamflight, from volunteering for the trip, making a one-off or regular donation, buying a Dreamflight child a gift, or by getting your organisation involved.

Sight Concern

What We Do

Sight Concern is a local charity based in the Bedfordshire County to help and support people and their families with sight impairment.

King’s House, 245 Ampthill Road, Bedford MK42 9AZ

Registration no: 1117209

Support Us

Volunteer. Volunteer Co-ordinator Joanna Clark Direct line 01234 264023 or Email

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Age UK

What We Do

We’re Age UK Bedfordshire and our goal is to enable older people across the region to love later life.

78-82 Bromham Road, Bedford MK40 2QH

Registration no: 1090535

Support Us

Donate, volunteer in a shop or offering advice.

Alzheimer’s Society

What We Do

The Alzheimer’s Society is a charitable organisation providing information, support and services to people living with all types of dementia, their carers, family members, health professionals, and anyone else with concerns about their memory or that of someone else.

Suite B2, Emerald Court The Pilgrim Centre Brickhill Drive Bedford Bedfordshire MK41 7PZ

Registration no: 296645

Support Us

There are many ways you can help us lead the fight against dementia. From making a monthly donation, signing up to one of our fundraising events, volunteering in your local area or getting involved in our campaigning issues.

The Bedford Guild House

What We Do

Provide activities & services for people over 50.
Registered Charity. Provide lunches and refreshments day outings and holidays. A wide range of regular activities and special events. We are open Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 4.00pm – Closed Saturday and Sunday.

56 Harpur St, Bedford, MK40 2QT

Registration no: 1123721

Support Us

We need volunteers so please contact us to see if you can help.

The Royal British Legion

What We Do

The Royal British Legion helps the whole Armed Forces community through welfare, comradeship and representation as well as being the Nation’s custodian of Remembrance.

199 Borough High St, London SE1 1AA

Registration no: 219279

Support Us

Volunteers are the lifeblood of The Royal British Legion all year round, and during the Poppy Appeal. We rely on volunteers as our Poppy Appeal Organisers and Collectors, Caseworkers, Visitors, Information volunteers, Fundraisers and much more.

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Community Resettlement Support Project CRSP

What We Do

We are a small, local charity working with offenders and ex-offenders as they resettle in the communities of Bedford, Bedfordshire, Luton and North Hertfordshire.

Chaplaincy Office, HMP Bedford, St Loyes Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK40 1HG

Registration no: 1126089

Support Us

Volunteer. Volunteers provide a core service which is best described as “befriending” as well as providing practical support and encouragement to clients. This befriending role is different to mentoring and coaching in that its main aim is to build a non-judgemental trust relationship with the client and provide a mixture of both emotional and practical help depending on the needs of the client.

BeCHaR – Prebend Day Centre

What We Do

To ease the plight of the homeless and disadvantaged in the Bedford area, providing immediate support as well as the longer term assistance necessary for independence and re-integration.

12 Prebend St, Bedford, MK40 1QW

Registration no: 1006938

Support Us

You can help in many different ways including volunteer work and donations.

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Family Support

F A C E S Bedford

What We Do

FACES offer a range of preventative family support services to meet the needs of local parents/carers and young children aged 0-19 years. We also offer support to teenage parents and parents. Open 9 to 5 Monday to Thursday and 9 to 4 Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

100 Queen’s Drive, Bedford MK41 9BS

Registration no: 1108574

Support Us

FACES are always looking to increase our volunteer team. We welcome volunteers with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds.

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Bedford Hospitals Charity

What We Do

The charity has recently finished raising £600,000 for new Gamma Camera facilities in the X-ray Department. The current appeal, the Challenge Cancer Appeal, is for £750,000 to develop and improve cancer services throughout the hospital.

The Bedford Hospitals Charity PO Box 342 Bedford MK40 3XS

Registration no: 299250

Support Us

We need your support to raise £750,000 to improve cancer services at Bedford. Every single penny donated to this appeal will go directly to making a difference to cancer services at Bedford Hospital, so please help us by giving generously.

Bedford Lions

What We Do

We raise funds to help needy people and other charitable organisations.
The vast majority of all money raised is used in our local community, but a small amount is used via Lions Clubs International to assist in international disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes and flooding.

32 Partridge Piece, Cranfield, Bedford MK43 0RN

Registration no: 282588

Support Us

The club meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month (No meetings in December, because we are very busy helping Santa.) find us at the Fox and Hounds Pub, Golding ton Road Bedford, meetings commence at 8 pm, so either come along and pay us a visit, or to find out how you can join in with the fun and service just give Derek Beazley, club secretary a call on 01234 771213

Harpur Trust

What We Do

We’ve got one goal – to help and support the people who live in and around our town.
Even though we’re one of the largest Charities in the UK, everything we do is for the Bedford area. Using the legacy of Sir William Harpur, our founder in 1566, our aims are clear and simple.
We’re here to inspire and support people in the Borough of Bedford to improve their lives by:
• providing and promoting education
• offering help and relief to anyone who is sick, in need, hardship or distress
• providing recreational facilities with a social welfare purpose

Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford MK41 7PZ

Registration no: 1066861

Support Us

There are a number of ways to ‘Get Involved’ with Harpur Trust, from raising money to volunteering your time!

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Mental Health


What We Do

Mind BLMK offers a range of services aimed at meeting individual needs and promoting mental health recovery, wellbeing and independence. – See more at:
Open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9.00am-4.00pm Saturday: 10.00am-1.00pm

3 Woburn Road, Bedford MK40 1EG

Registration no: 1068724

Support Us

Become a Volunteer. For general enquiries about volunteering, ring 0300 330 0648 or email

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Terminal Illness

Bedford Daycare Hospice

What We Do

Caring for the people of Bedford with life limiting
illness. From diagnosis through investigations and treatment, to remission or palliative care.

Gladys Ibbett House, 3 Linden Road, Bedford MK40 2DD

Registration no: 1001614

Support Us

You can help by either as a hospice volunteer, or with financial donations or a legacy.

Sue Ryder – St John’s Hospice

What We Do

We provide incredible hospice and neurological care for people facing a frightening, life-changing diagnosis. It’s not just expert medical care we provide. It’s the emotional support and practical things we take care of too. We do whatever we can to be a safety net for our patients and their loved ones.

Saint John’s Road, Moggerhanger, Bedford MK44 3RJ

Registration no: 1052076

Support Us

Volunteer, donate or help at one of our events.

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YMCA Bedfordshire

What We Do

The mission of YMCA Bedfordshire is to enable positive transformation in the lives of young people.

43 Bromham Road, Bedford, MK40 2AA

Registration no: 801035

Support Us

There are a number of ways you can help our work:

  • Make a donation
  • Become a Supporter
  • Sponsor a room
  • Offer supported lodgings to young people
  • Be prepared to commit to pray regularly for our dozens of workers and hundreds of clients
  • Leave a legacy
  • Payroll Giving

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