In Bedford alone there are over 2,400 adults (340 between 18 and 25) and 800 children with a learning disability and these numbers are increasing with population growth and are exacerbated by areas with large minority ethnic groups and poverty.
From surveys and consultations we have found a great need for many new services and an increase in current opportunities. There are minimal opportunities available for people with a learning disability to engage in during the day. The situation is growing worse as the local authority (Bedford Borough Council) cut back on funding and reduce opportunities. Meaningful work placements in the community are very few and far between, along with limited access to work related training.
Opportunities for education and social interaction are also minimal.