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Dunstable North Children’s Centre November – December timetable



November December 2019 timetable

Please click on the link to view the timetable for events and activities at the Children's Centre

Dunstable North Children’s Centre aims to provide a high-quality integrated service that meets the needs and requirements of the community that it serves. The centre offers a wide range of activities and support to families with children under five years old living in the local area.

Dunstable North Children’s Centre opened in October 2008 and is based on the same site as Beecroft Academy on Westfield Road, Dunstable. The Centre serves the Northfields, Dunstable Central and Watling wards, plus Eaton Bray and Totternhoe villages. However, All visitors to The Centre and any of the other venues we utilise across the community are very welcome, regardless of their postcode!!

In July 2013, Ofsted graded the centre as Good and noted that some aspects of the service were outstanding! A copy of our report can be found either on the Ofsted website or our own new website www.beehivecc.com which is currently under construction so do keep checking for updates!


Look out for changes to our contact information as we are likely to have a new telephone number and new email addresses soon. Some of our groups and sessions change regularly according to the needs of the community, venue or staff availability. To ensure you are kept up to date, please make sure we have your current email address and/or telephone number. Send an email to enquiries@beehivecc.com or call us on 01582 699092 / 0300 300 8106 or pop in to the Centre Monday to Thursday 8.30 am-4.30pm and Friday 8.30am-4.00pm to let us know of any changes in your contact details.

Families First Bedfordshire is recruiting


Starting salary – £26,473 pa

About us

Families First Bedfordshire is delighted to announce that the Big Lottery has continued to fund their Horizons Service and we are now looking to recruit a qualified Play Therapist to join our dedicated and passionate Horizons team. Horizons is an innovative service for women and children living in Bedford Borough who have been exposed to Domestic Abuse, Substance Misuse and/or Mental Ill Health.

The Horizons Play Therapy team tackles the growing mental health problem among our children by providing 1:1 and/or group therapy on a needs led basis. We have delivered our well-regarded play therapy service in local partner schools for over 5 years.

The role involves 37 hours of therapy delivery per week to children and young people in schools or other community spaces across Bedford. Our Play Therapists liaise with the school, maintain a clinical caseload, supporting this with appropriate clinical administration (including outcome measures), meet with parents/carers, attend supervision, training and CPD, and adhere to Families First Bedfordshire’s policies, procedures and Practice Standards in order to ensure the most effective support of children and young people. A full driving licence is essential for travel.

What we are looking for

There is also scope within this role to deliver training and facilitate new projects. You will have a keen interest in the work we do at FfB tied with a ‘can-do’ attitude. Demonstrable experience in supporting vulnerable children within your professional capacity as a Play Therapist is essential.

What we can offer you

You will be well supported by the Horizons Team. We will provide a safe and secure environment for you to work in and all expenses such as travel and external supervision will be met by the Charity. We offer family friendly policies; including paid family days, and a strong commitment to your continued professional development. Ongoing support and mentoring will be provided to the successful candidate through monthly line management supervisions. This is a great opportunity to work within a team of equally committed professionals.

To apply

For further details and an application pack see www.familiesfirstbedfordshire.org.uk or contact HR:

Email: hr@familiesfirstbedfordshire.org.uk Telephone: 01234 341977 X2014

Visits to FfB are welcome. Contact HR to book an appointment.

Closing date: 9.00am Monday 7 October 2019. Please note, we will be assessing applications throughout the recruitment period and reserve the right to close vacancies early if suitable candidates are identified. It is therefore advisable to submit your application as soon as possible.

FfB follows safer recruiting guidelines and this role is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance, 2 references and proof of qualifications.


Stepping Stones is recruiting

Childcare Assistant 

Salary: Starting at £8.21 per hour

Permanent contract

18-22 hours per week

Are you passionate about working with children? Do you have the skills and experience to create a safe environment where children can learn, develop and have fun?

We have an exciting opportunity for you to be part of our Childcare Team in Luton.

Stepping Stones (Luton) is a charity working with vulnerable women with an onsite childcare facility to enable women to overcome childcare barriers to attending appointments.

The role will work within Stepping Stones’ Childcare in Luton requiring the individual to provide inclusive play and learning opportunities for all children attending Childcare. You will need to maintain a safe, stimulating and enjoyable environment and be alert to potential safeguarding concerns.

You will need to have at least a Level 2 early years education and childcare qualification, with the desire to work towards a Level 3 qualification.

This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of our diverse team, supporting the provision of services for vulnerable women.

The role is hugely rewarding, but busy and demanding so you’ll need to be able to manage your time well, be able to keep a calm head under pressure.

This post is classed as having a high degree of contact with children or vulnerable adults and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. An enhanced disclosure will be sought through the Disclosure and Barring Service as part of Stepping Stones’ employment checks and personal interviews will be required as part of the employment process.

To apply please visit our website www.steppingstonesluton.co.uk to download an application form and job description. CVs will not be accepted.

For more information please contact our Childcare Manager Linda Rogers for an informal chat on 01582 457114.

Closing date for applications: Friday 27th Sept 12 noon all applications should be returned to:


Click on the logo below to download the job description

The Hope Programme is recruiting


The Hope Programme is a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in Bedfordshire working with victims - survivors of sexual violence and abuse. We provide independent specialist support to people over the age of 10 years, in secure counselling facilities in Bedford, Luton and Central Bedfordshire.

There is a vacancy for an

Administrator - Volunteer Co-ordinator

The deadline for applications is Friday 20th September. The interviews will take place on the week commencing 23rd September.

Please click on the links below for more details

THP app form[1]

Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator JD and PS[1]

Details of where to send the completed applicaton form are at the begining of the form.



Being a Parent Programme

FREE 9-week Parenting Programme for Mum, Dads and carers of children aged up to 11.

There is always something new to learn as a parent. We all know being a parent isn’t always easy.The Empowering Parents Empowering Communities (EPEC) sessions help parents develop new skills. The programme is held in a trusting, non-judgemental environment, where parents are encouraged and supported to explore new ideas. This is done in a fun, informal way and delivered by parents who have first-hand experience of the challenges of parenthood.

Booking is essential; the Being a Parent Programme includes a free crèche, Tea/Coffee & Cakes!


  • Come along to exchange ideas and tips that help with parenting

  • Develop communication skills that are effective

  • Celebrate the joys and successes of parenting

  • Learning to make playtime fun

  • Deal with the challenges of being a parent

  • Identify your own needs and your child’s needs

  • Meet likeminded parents

Where and When?

Beehive Children’s Centre, Westfield Road, Dunstable, LU6 1DW

Monday afternoons 1.00-3.00pm during school term

Beginning 30th September 2019


For more information and bookings, please contact our EPEC Hub  Co-ordinator Colette Fletcher Tel No: 01582 660061

Email: office@home-startcentralbeds.org.uk

Alex Skeel Charity Gala Night in aid of Families First Bedfordshire & ManKind


Families First Bedfordshire is delighted to have been chosen as one of the charities Alex Skeel is supporting on the 28th September 2019 at the

Charity Gala Night

This amazing event will be held at

Bedford International Athletics Stadium

7.00 until late

To book your tickets call Lee Frost: 07701 052845, but be quick there are a limited number available.

All funds raised will go towards Families First Bedfordshire's dedicated, Male Victims support service; Talk:4M.

Get out your posh frock or dinner jacket & come along to support this great cause and have a ball.

Look forward to seeing you there.


Victim Support is recruiting

Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)

Victim Support is recruiting for an experienced Independent Domestic Abuse Advisor (IDVA) to be part of our dynamic Beds IDVA team based across Bedford, Borough and Central Beds.

                   County/Borough                 Bedfordshire

                   Office location                    Bedford
                   Full time/Part time              Full time
                   Hours per week                  37.5
                   Basic Salary                       (unqualified) £23,460 per annum (qualified) £25,000 per annum
                   Contract type                     Fixed Term
                   DBS required?                   Yes
                   End date                            (if fixed term) 31/03/2020 could be extended subject to funding
                   Police vetting required?    No
                   Closing Date                     28/08/2019
                   Ref No                               2290

If you would like to apply or for more information, please. click on the link below in the logo.

You will be redirected to the Victim Support page where you can download a full job description and apply for this post. Good Luck!

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