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Agency Details: Community Action Bedfordshire

Telephone
01525 850559 (Main Office)
Address
Bossard House
West Street
Leighton Buzzard
Bedfordshire
LU7 1DA
E mail
Website
http://www.cabeds.org.uk
Organisation status
Voluntary organisation

This agency is a registered charity.

Regions Served
Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire
We deal with the following groups
General public with specific services for unemployed people.
Opening Times
Main Office : 09:30am – 3:00pm

Biggleswade Work Club at Biggleswade Library (First Floor Meeting Room), Chestnut Drive, Biggleswade SG18 0LL
9.30am to 12.00pm and 1.00pm to 3.00pm

Dunstable Work Club at Dunstable Library (Ground Floor Meeting Room), Vernon Place, Dunstable LU5 4HA
9.30am to 12.00pm

Houghton Regis Work Club at Houghton Regis Library (Meeting Room), Bedford Square, Tithe Farm Road, Houghton Regis LU5 5ES
1.00pm to 3.00pm

Leighton Buzzard Work Club at Leighton Buzzard Library (First Floor Meeting Room), Lake Street, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1RX
1.00pm to 3.00pm
Accessibility
Disabled access at all five locations.
Areas of law on which we give advice
Employment, Other
Level of service
Employment Support

At our Work Clubs our qualified Advisers provide ongoing support, information and advice tailored to your needs. We can help you with job searching, preparing a CV, job applications, exploring career options and volunteering to help you get into work, change your career, or develop your skills and interests.
We deal with the following other services
Our Volunteering:

Your Pathway to Employment project is designed to enable people who are unemployed or economically inactive to enhance their employability through volunteering.
The project will enable participants to consider volunteering as a viable and worthwhile progression route towards employment.
It will enable you to develop new skills, increase your self-confidence, build a demonstrable work-record and enhance your employability.

A half-day course, along with one-to-one information, advice and guidance that enables you to become ‘volunteer ready’ through the provision of activities that will include:
• an assessment of your skills, knowledge, interests and motivations for volunteering and any extra support needs
• assistance to select suitable volunteering opportunities that meet your career needs
• support to enable you to find out more about the volunteering opportunities you are interested in and how to get to an interview or information session
• arranged interviews and/or information sessions with volunteer-involving organisations
• being accompanied to interviews and supported to advocate your own skills, knowledge, interests, motivations for volunteering and any extra support needs (if required)
• assistance with the completion of application forms, DBS Disclosure Forms etc.

You will be placed in a volunteering role of your choice with support given whilst on the placement. You will also receive information, advice and guidance on how to present your volunteering experiences in a CV, job application or interview, and supported with job search activities.

The programme is delivered at our Work Clubs in Biggleswade, Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard; and in Bedford and Luton in association with Jobcentre Plus.
This programme is funded by the European Social Fund.
Description
Outreach Services Available
Accreditation
Matrix Quality Mark and Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation
Referral Procedures
Referrals accepted via Main Office.
Extra Services
Telephone advice
Call the Main Office number during opening hours (above)
Face-to-face advice
Drop-in or appointments at Main Office.
Other information
Community Action Bedfordshire is a voluntary and community sector support organisation that develops, enables, promotes and supports local voluntary and community action (including volunteering) across Bedfordshire.

Community Action works in partnership with others so that …..
• voluntary organisations and community groups have the skills, knowledge, structures and resources to fulfil their potential for responding to the needs of, and providing services to, their communities
• people are inspired to volunteer, have the opportunity to do so and have excellent volunteering experiences
• local communities are able to do more for themselves by creating, running and sustaining the community groups, social networks and cultural activities needed to develop strong and vibrant communities
• voluntary organisations, community groups and residents have a strong voice and an active involvement in influencing the decisions that shape the community in which they operate
• those who are socially and economically disadvantaged are able to participate more fully in society.