Over 1250 items donated to ‘Active Minds’ in first full week

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Bedford Borough Council picked up 153 boxes of donations from people across Bedford Borough, containing over 1250 items, as the first full week of the Active Minds scheme came to a close.

The Council put out a call asking for any unwanted books, DVDs, jigsaw, board games, or craft items to be donated, so they could be passed onto those in need in these extraordinary times.

Across the Borough, people are self-isolating, shielding and staying safe in their homes for what has already been a long period of time. The Active Minds scheme has been set up to help people stay busy and keep their minds active. 

In amongst these over 1250 items, the Council has received crafts kits, games, jigsaws, and books for all ages and interests.

With the donations being set aside for three days and cleaned to ensure they are safe to pass on, the Council is now ready to start getting these donations out to people who need them.

If you or someone you know would benefit from receiving one of the active minds donations, please get in touch with the Council. You can request a donation online at www.bedford.gov.uk/activeminds or if you are unable to you can call on 01234 718101. The team will then drop off the donation to your doorstep so you don’t have to leave the house.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said “Thank you to everyone who has already donated for the amazing generosity shown. These are really difficult times we are all living through but time and again the community spirit of our Borough has shone through.

“I am really pleased that we can start dropping off these donations to help people keep their minds active and engaged while staying safe at home.

“We are of course still accepting donations; please get in touch with the team at www.bedford.gov.uk/activeminds and someone will come out to pick up your donation.”

Currently, the team are accepting:

  • Books (children’s and adults)
  • DVDs (children’s and adults)
  • Jigsaws (children’s and adults)
  • Board Games
  • Small home craft items (e.g. colouring books, crochet sets)

Unfortunately they cannot accept large items – if it doesn’t fit in a carrier bag then unfortunately it is too big.