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Tell us what is most important to you.

We want everyone who lives in Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes to have the opportunity to shape the services that they use.

This means making sure your voice is heard and sharing what you feel is most important.

We have worked closely with strategic partners during the pandemic. These include Healthwatch, the Voluntary Alliance, local authorities and people from communities. This has allowed us to share important public health information and use your feedback to help us communicate better.

That approach has given people the confidence to get vaccinated and tell us about their personal experiences in accessing health and care.

The next few years are going to be challenging for health and care as we recover services after the pandemic. That makes it even more important that we keep our conversations with local people and communities going. That way, residents’ voices will be at the centre of all decisions about health and care services.

Help shape how we work with local people and communities

We recently asked residents, health and care staff and partners to help us to shape our approach to working with local people and communities.

Following this, we plan to co-design our principles for engagement.

We will share these as soon as they are finished, but some of the principles we’ve heard so far include:

  • Listening to all communities and giving everyone an equal voice
  • Making it easy for people to share their views
  • Ensuring feedback leads to change

How can I get involved?

There are lots of ways that you can get involved.

You can join:

Current Consultations and Surveys

Any current consultations that are open for feedback will display in the drop down below.

  • Primary Care in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes

    Primary Care in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes

    We are inviting residents across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes to join us to talk about what primary care is and how it is changing. 
    We are holding in-person events and an online event during March 2024, with additional events being held in May 2024. The in-person events are being held in each local authority area and will focus services in that area. We encourage people to attend the event in the area that they live to talk about services local to them. 
    The events will focus on group discussions to talk about what primary care is and how it is changing.
    We will ask your views on how 24/7 primary care is provided where you live and how services could be improved.
    The dates and venues are listed below, together with a link to register.  Places are limited and registration for the events will close when all places have been booked.
    Places can also be booked by calling 07342 069394 and leaving a message giving your contact details and the event you would like to register for.

    Central Bedfordshire

    Wednesday 8 May 2024 1.30 - 3.30pm (Registration from 1pm)  

    Dunstable Community Halls                                                      

    Manchester Pl,                                    


    LU6 1HT

    Thursday 9 May 2024 10.30 - 12.30pm (Registration from 10am)  

    St Andrews Rooms                                                      

    St Andrews Street,                                    


    SG18 8BA

    Bedford Borough
    Monday 18 March 2024   10.30 - 12.30pm (Registration from 10am)
    Addison Centre                       
    Howard Park            
    Bedford Road
    MK42 8PN
    Online Event
    Monday 18 March 2024  7.00 - 8.30pm
    Held on MS Teams
    Thursday 21 March 2024   2.30 - 4.30pm (Registration from 2pm)
    Boyle Family Room                    
    Luton Irish Forum       
    Connolly House
    102 Hitchin Road
    LU2 0ES
    Milton Keynes
    Friday 22 March 2024   10.30 - 12.30pm  (Registration from 10am)
    Orchard Suite                        
    Holiday Inn                  
    Central Milton Keynes
    500 Saxon Gate West
    MK9 2HQ
  • Bedford Borough Council - Homeless and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2024-2029 Consultation

    Bedford Borough Council - Homeless and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2024-2029 Consultation

    Bedford Borough Council has produced a draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2024–2029 (the Draft Strategy) for public consultation for public consultation and would welcome your feedback.  

    They are particularly keen to hear from people who have experience or are experiencing homelessness and agencies who support people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home. 

    Their draft strategy sets out the vision to:

    • prevent homelessness
    • increase the supply of suitable accommodation
    • provide meaningful support

    Consultation will run from 5 February 2024. 

    All comments must reach the Council by 5pm on 15 March 2024

    Read more about the strategy and consultation by following this link

  • Central Bedfordshire Council Adult Social Care Strategy 2024-2029

    Central Bedfordshire Council Adult Social Care Strategy 2024-2029

    Central Bedfordshire Council has a vision Adult Social Care.  The vision is 'To help people live their own lives and play a full and active part in the life of the community'.

    The Adult Social Care Strategy will cover how they plan to do that, the key priorities, how they intend to deliver these and what difference this will make for local residents.

    Have your say to the Adult Social Care Strategy - Find out more here.

    Consultation closes Sunday 12 May 2024.

  • Healthwatch Bedford Borough Priority Listening Survey

    Healthwatch Bedford Borough Priority Listening Survey

    At the start of each new year, Healthwatch Bedford Borough puts out a Priority Listening Survey. This survey helps to inform key priority areas of focus for local residents and key stakeholders.

    This survey is anonymous- you do not have to say who you are and we will not identify you.



Previous Engagement

Find out about previous consultation and engagement activities.


Volunteering with health and care organisations in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) is a great way to support your local community.

There are lots of opportunities to get involved from volunteering for your local hospital or ambulance trust, for an organisation that works with the NHS, for your local council or supporting your community.

Volunteering can be highly rewarding. To find out how to get involved, contact the volunteer managers within our Partners, visit the Volunteering web pages on Partner websites or browse the UK’s national volunteering database.

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Charity

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Milton Keynes University Hospital Trust

East of England Ambulance Service

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

In Central Bedfordshire and Luton, Community Voluntary Service (CVS) run volunteer centre services working with individuals and organisations. In addition, Voluntary Works is a consortium of local voluntary and community sector organisations.

In Milton Keynes, CA:MK is a hub for volunteering. They match volunteers with opportunities with local charities and community groups.

Why some local people volunteer:

Simon Patterson, Good Neighbour Scheme volunteer
Bea Scholes, volunteering at a vaccination centre.

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