Participating in the community

Participating in the community

Friendships, relationships and being a part of the community they live in are really important to a young person's quality of life. There are many ways to get involved other than being in education or employment.

Finding out what is available in your local area

The Central Bedfordshire Family Information Directory (link opens in new window) is a good place to start exploring what is available in your local area.

Your local library (link opens in new window) is also a good source of information about what's going on where you live. There is a section for children and teens (link opens in new window) on The Virtual Library website too. You can also find out what’s on in libraries by following the Bedfordshire Libraries Facebook page (link opens in new window).

You may be able to use a portion of your personal budget or direct payment to receive support which will enable you to engage with your local community.


Volunteering can provide alternative opportunities for you to gain skills, achieve your goals, and develop a better sense of civic duty and responsibility. See our volunteering page for more information and opportunities.

Social media

Social media is a good way to keep in touch with friends and family, especially if you go off to do different things when you leave school. It is important to make sure that you are safe online.

The cyberbullying page from the Anti-bullying Alliance (link opens in new window) contains information on how to protect yourself against online bullying.

Staying safe in the community

People with a learning disability may suffer from hate crime or a type of disability hate crime called 'mate crime'.

Find out what hate crime covers and how to report hate crime.

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