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What other help is available?

16 to 19 bursary fund

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation so they can remain in education.

There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursaries:

  • A vulnerable bursary of up to £1,200 a year for young people in one of the defined vulnerable groups.
  • Discretionary bursaries which institutions award to meet individual needs, for example, help with the cost of transport, meals, books and equipment.

Institutions are responsible for managing both types of bursary. Students who want to apply for support from the bursary fund should contact their chosen institution to make an application.

Concessionary travel scheme

Children and young people with certain disabilities may be entitled to a free bus pass through the Concessionary Travel Scheme. The pass allows free off-peak travel on most local bus services anywhere in England. Bedford Borough pass holders can also travel for a fare of £1 on most peak-time bus services within the Borough.

If you have any further queries about the Concessionary Travel Scheme, please contact the Community Welfare Unit on 01234 718075.

SEND advice

The SEND Advice Service (formerly Parent Partnership Service) offers free confidential information, advice and support on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to young people and parent(s)/carer(s).

Bedford Borough SEND Advice Service
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street 
Bedford 
MK42 9AP

Tel: 01234 276267
Email: sendadvice@bedford.gov.uk
Web: SEND Advice web pages