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NAS Aylesbury Vale Branch

Email: aylesburyvale@nas.org.uk Carers BucksWebsite: http://www.aylesburyvalenas.org.uk

Description
The branch is at present being relaunched.

NAS South Buckinghamshire Branch

Email:southbucks@nas.org.uk website: www.nasbranch.org.uk/southbuckinghamshire

Description
Local support group aiming to inform and help local parents and carers by: publishing a newsletter; running a club for school aged children; organising regular family activities; liaising with local services and raising awareness.

GRASP

(Greater resources for Autistic/Aspergers children, supporting siblings and parents) G.R.A.S.P is a recently formed parent and family forum, supporting families affected by ASD and aspergers, in particular. We aim to hold regular outreach meetings in Aylesbury and North Buckinghamshire, with the primary objectives of sharing and exchanging information, providing empathy and support for one another’s’ families and help us all realise that we are not alone!

Contact: Shoshan Willetts 01296 486995 email: contactgrasp@gmail.com

Bucks Carers
Carers Bucks – Dedicated to supporting carers 0300 777 2722

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Carers Discount Card –
The card will give carers locally some great discounts across a range of local businesses in the county from food & drink and leisure, to health & beauty and transport. Some well known businesses have already signed up to the card including Frankie & Benny’s and Heaven Holidays. For more information about how you can register for the Carers Discount Card please send an email to beth.sawyers@carersbucks.org or call 0300 777 2722.

FACT Bucks

Fact Bucks, short for Families and Carers Together in Buckinghamshire, is a group of parents and professionals who meet to discuss real issues that affect children with additional needs and disabilities in Buckinghamshire.

admin@factbucks.org.uk

Relate

We offer a range of services to help you with your couple and family relationships, whether you’re young or old, hetrosexual or gay, single or in a relationship.

All staff within the Aylesbury office have received training on the autism spectrum.

Phone 01296 427 973 Email: enquires@relatemtb.co.uk Website: www.relatemtb.co.uk

Healthy Minds Bucks

NHS Service offering talking therapies, practical advice and employment advice
Healthy Minds
Buckinghamshire Primary Care Wellbeing Service
Floor 2, Prospect House
Crendon Street
High Wycombe
HP13 6LA

Welcome to Healthy Minds Bucks

Connect2PA Ltd is a new local business with a focus on creating personal support options for anyone directing their own care and support services.
We resister independent carers called personal assistants (PAs), who are vetted to ensure they have training, full disclosures, local authority accreditation, general business requirements and that they are ready to offer support. Any adult looking for personalised support, can save time locating the right person by accessing our register of personal assistants.

Email: info@connect2pa.co.uk

Leisure
Group with no name-social group

Social evening for adults over 16 with ASD

Meeting once a month from 7:30pm-9:30pm

The Group with No Name! Adult social group for adults with autism meeting in High Wycombe monthly on Wednesday evening.

If you would like more information or would like to come along, please email in the first instance. thegroupwithnoname@outlook.com

Halton Tennis Club
Inclusive support for people playing tennis, gym and fitness classes. See website for details.

Thomley Hall Cottage, Menmarsh Road, Worminghall, Bucks
Thomley is a place for people with all abilities and disabilities. Bringing Disabled Peopole, their families, carers and friends together with experienced and nurturing staff that understand their needs.
Funded through individualised budgets or direct payments.
16 and above.
01844338380. http://thomleyactivitycentre.org/

The Key Club BUCKS
Creative arts club for young people (18-26) with ASD or Aspergers Syndrome.
Held at the Hub, High Wycombe
ruth@turtlekeyarts.org.uk

Clearly Speaking, Buckingham
Clearly Speaking is an approachable, professional, caring support service for families and front-line professionals who live in England, we operate right across the UK with families coming from far as Carlisle, Wales and Cornwall just to attend our centre for help and specialist support for free, with services and intervention for those families living with special needs, Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), Aspergers Syndrome and all other associated difficulties like D.A.M.P, ADHD, global development disorder, specific learning issues as well as Tourette’s syndrome, EDS, Fibromyalgia to name a few. Janet Nicks the project director can also offer additional specialist help such as autism (ASD) diagnosis, customised therapy and CBT along with salt, disability benefit applications/appeals and advice in accessing local agencies to support your further needs where you might be struggling to contact.

We run many activity groups throughout the year, including weekends and after school. Our current activity groups to name a few include: Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, a gardening club (March to October), a girls support group (8 to 18 years), a coping with relationships course (young people aged 12 to 21 years of age), counselling services, youth clubs, volunteering opportunities, holiday activities and a special needs/disability Young People’s forum, board game café, knit and chat for parents and carers, adult social groups for those 18 or over (18+) on the Autism Spectrum. All of these facilities and services can be applied for via our website.

Janet Nicks also personally does a variety of regular support services including: the National Arts Award, curriculum based training and support sessions, work experience training, specialist support sessions and courses, support at meetings with schools, agencies and when appropriate SEN tribunals, individualise support and resources for children, young people and their families and a “One Stop Shop”.

Who to contact

Contact Name: Janet Nicks or Sonny Hawkins

Telephone: 01280 824871

E-mail: info@clearlyspeaking.org.uk

Address: Clearly Speaking, London Rd, Buckingham, MK18 1AS

Venue Notes

Situated between Buckingham secondary school and Swan Pool Leisure Centre. Buses to and from Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Bicester stop directly opposite the centre.

When is it on?

Opening times vary according to bookings, organised sessions and clubs.

Cost description

We charge a small amount per activity group to pay for art and craft materials or tuck shop. We encourage everyone who uses diagnosis or tribunal services to donate towards costs of paper, ink, Janet’s time, travel costs or volunteer if you are financially struggling. We will not ever directly ask for money towards any services except for our activity groups where discounts are available to those on benefit, retired or have more than one child attending.

Age Ranges

Junior Activities From Birth to 12 years.

Senior Activities From 13 years to 16 years.

Adult Groups from 16 years and over

Referral Details

Referral: no Referral required

You can be referred by local services and your GP if you prefer. We encourage to self refer by either by either completing our online form located on our website www.clearlyspeaking.org.uk or e-mailing us direct with your enquiry to info@clearlyspeaking.org.uk

Social Media Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clearlyspeakingsupport?fref=ts

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/ClearlyCoolClub Google+:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/116375078385722469090

Breaking Barriers – disability and exercise training including understanding of autism.

Breaking barriers can help you to increase your fitness, lose weight, gain muscle, tone up and improve your confidence.

  • Level 3 qualified personal trainer
  • Qualified Disability & Exercise Personal Trainer
  • Qualified GP Exercise Referral Personal Trainer

Contact Joe for a free consultation 07581039611 or
breakingbarriersPT@outlook.com

Gaming club

Meets at Dead Universe Comics Bourbon Street, Frias Square Shopping Centre, Aylesbury.

www.deaduniversecomics.co.uk

Phone: 07852 836 307

E-mail: deaduniversecomics@hotmail.co.uk

Social Link
Beaconsfield, Aylesbury and High Wycombe

The aims of the club are to:

  • Provide an arena  from which club members can develop a social network and gain support from peers
  • Promote independent living and the basic skills associated with this
  • Support club members in the transition from adolescence to independent adulthood

Social Link – Beaconsfield
The Roundhouse CYAC, St Mary’s Street, High Wycombe HP11 2HE
Club times: Mondays (all year except Easter Monday, Bank Holidays & Christmas Holidays) 7pm – 10pm

Social Link Aylesbury
YOUTH SPACE building, the Grange School, Wendover Way, Aylesbury, HP21 7NH
Club times: Wednesdays (all year except Christmas Holidays) 7pm – 10pm

Social Link Day Opportunities – High Wycombe
Green Street Centre, Desborough Street, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP11 2LY
Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am – 4pm

  • Drop in Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Green Street Centre 2:30pm – 4pm
  • £3.00 entry fee (£1 per carer)

To get in touch please use the following options:

  • E-mail: sociallinkclubs@yahoo.co.uk
  • Telephone: Wendy Dunn: 07949485919
  • Telephone: Emma Reeves: 07841205448 (Beaconsfield club/Day Opportunities)
  • Telephone: New Day Project: 07557 887101
  • Encourage the integration and interaction of club members within their local communities

Thames Valley Adventure Playground-Taplow
For adults over the age of 16. Every Friday from 10am – 5pm. Use of equipment and crafts. Woodwork sessions available on request. Contribution – £8 per user. Sensory room available for additional £5 per half hour.

Contact: 01628 628599. http://www.tvap.co.uk/index.php?page=home

Yoga

This therapeutic approach offers a step-by-step system of yoga poses designed to increase the mental and motor skills. Breathing exercises and relaxation techniques help to improve concentration.
Lyn offers free consultations for people concerning this therapy.
Please telephone or e-mail: Lyn Patton, Aylesbury Yoga Centre, 161c, Cambridge Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 1BB.
07799 197317
Hello@aylesburyyogacentre.co.uk (for bookings and enquires).

Soundabout

Soundabout offers community music sessions which run largely from their premises in Worminghall. The sessions are specifically for people with learning difficulties including people with autism. 2 Elizabeth House, Wornal Park, Menmarsh Road, Worminghall HP18 9HP.
Telephone 01844 338898
http://www.soundabout.org.uk/adult-music-sessions/4554679814

Cineworld Autism Friendly Screenings
http://www.dimensions-uk.org/support-services/autism-care/autism-friendly-screenings/

CEA Card
The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed for UK cinemas by the UK Cinema Association (UKCA), formally the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association (CEA). The scheme was introduced in 2004 and is one of the ways for participating cinemas to ensure they make reasonable adjustments for disabled guests when they go to the cinema; in particular it ensures a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them.
https://www.ceacard.co.uk/index.aspx

Monthly Tea Party in the Micklefield Library –
Run by Prevention Matters the Tea Parties aim to tackle social isolation and loneliness in vulnerable and older adults.
1:30pm until 3pm.
Andrea on 07546 520712 or Parveen on 07990 784304.

Fairfors Leys Lunch Club –
at Fairford Leys Church from 11:00 to 1:00. Everyone is welcome! For further information contact enquires@fairfordleyschurch.org.uk

Chiltern Music Therapy

Chiltern Music Therapy offers a variety of services for adults, young adults and children with autism. We see people across the spectrum of the condition, including those who have recently been diagnosed, to those with aspergers syndrome and anyone with a diagnosis of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). Our approach is tailored to each individual person or group, supporting them to make changes in any areas of life where they feel they have difficulties. The main objective of our work is to firstly assess and see whether Music Therapy could be of benefit to the client and then look at how best we can transfer benefits and abilities we see in the Music Therapy Sessions, into everyday life.
For children, we focus on improving understanding of social situations and interactions as well as looking at cognitive and learning skills and any emotional or behavioural issues.

For Post 16: Chiltern Music Therapy are also able to offer sessions as part of the transitions services within post 16 Buckinghamshire SEN provisions. Please do get in touch with us to find out more about this service.

For adults, we focus on assisting with learning and life skills, including difficulties with communication or social interaction to help clients take up employment, education, or volunteering opportunities, as well as providing psychological support at times of particular need. Where: we can offer one to one or group sessions at home, in the community, in supported living, or at schools and colleges.

Just join in! Our let’s sing group takes place in High Wycombe at the Arts4Every1 Centre on a Wednesday evening, between 6pm and 7pm.

You can self-refer or be referred by a parent, carer, GP, or other healthcare or education professional.

Simply call us on 01442 780541 or e-mail info@chilternmusictherapy.co.uk

www.chilternmusictherapy.co.uk

 

Bag Books

Bag Books are multi-sensory books which offer accessable stories for those who cannot benefit from mainstream books, the stories are told interactively, through actions and emotions rather than words and pictures.

 

Some library staff are trained to deliver multi-sensory stories to groups in libraries.  To organise a group bag book session, contact 08452303232.  Email: library@buckscc.gov.uk

 

Jigsaw Drama Group

Theatre club for people with disabilities.

Every Tuesday at 10 to 12 and at 1 to 3:30pm during term time at Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury.

If you are interested in joining either group or facilitating, please contact Vic Gerhardi on 01296 632491 for further information.

http://www.jigsawtheartre.org.uk/events.html

The Theatre Shed

The Community Theatre is a diverse group open to people of all different abilities and backgrounds from ages ten up into teens and beyond. It’s about having a wider range of ages working together and is particularly suited to young adults who may yet to have any experience within theatre. Workshops cover drama, movement and music and there are countless opportunities to create and perform at numerous shed events throughout the year. The Community theatre group meets a Chesham Youth Centre on Mondays from 18:45-20:00. http://www.shedatthepark.co.uk/communitygroups.html

Friendly Bombs

Drama group for people with moderate learning disabilities in Burnham.

The core aim of Friendly Bombs is to provide local learning disabled people with a true sense of theatre. We always work from classic texts. We produce a piece of theatre once it has been understood and reinvented by our group of actors. http://www.friendlybombs.co.uk/about.php

The Spectrum Club

We are a social youth club geared to young people with aspergers and high-functioning autism. We offer a range of activities and facilities, including:

  • An art table (includes Fimo modelling)
  • Baking and cooking in the tuck shop
  • Video games (Xbox 360 and Wii)
  • Pool
  • Card games
  • Table Tennis

Location: East Side Youth Centre, Highcrest Academy, High Wycombe

Times: Alternate Saturdays, one a fortnight
11-14 yrs – 2 – 4pm
14-21 yrs – 4 – 6pm

For more info, contact Mark and Jo Wengler

  • Home: 01494 488025
  • Mark mob: 07973 653933
  • E-mail: mawengler@aol.com

Spectrum Gaming Club

Movie screenings, video, cards and board games

Held every Monday evening 6-8pm at Castlefield Community Library, High Wycombe. £2.

spectrumconnectgroup@mail.com

Adult Social Group

For details e-mail autismbucks@buckscc.gov.uk

But here are some details anyway:

Adult Social Group run by Autism Bucks:

There are now two adult social groups, one in Aylesbury and one in High Wycombe with dates set during the year:

Aylesbury Evening:

Aylesbury Quakers Meeting House, 9 Rickfords Hill, Aylesbury, HP20 2RT

6:30pm to 9pm

Wednesday 28th June 2017

Wednesday 26th July 2017

Wednesday 23rd Aug 2017

Wednesday 27th Sept 2017

Wednesday 25th Oct 2017

Wednesday 22nd Nov 2017

 

High Wycombe Day:

High Wycombe Quakers Meeting House, 25 London Road, High Wycombe, HP11 1BJ

11am to 1pm

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Wednesday 12th July 2017

Wednesday 9th Aug 2017

Wednesday 13th Sept 2017

Wednesday 11th Oct 2017

Wednesday 8th Nov 2017

Wednesday 13th Dec 2017

Please contact Paulette Hunn (Autism Support Worker for Bucks), via our contacts page to find out more about these groups.  Or, telephone 

Paulette Hunn directly on: Mobile: 07917642227.

 

Horses Helping People

Therapeutic horsemanship benefits a wide range of adults and children, including those with behavioural issues, mental health problems and learning difficulties. It helps to improve mental and physical wellbeing and social skills.

It is also beneficial for anyone looking for a new way to improve confidence and self-awareness, or for a relaxing break from routine.

At Horses Helping People the focus is on building a trusting partnership between horse and human. It’s not all about riding, although some clients may ride as part of their activities.

Horses Helping People is located near Mentmore on the Bucks/Beds borders.

01525 377688 078155 47668 or 07710 465818 info@horseshelpingpeople.co.uk

http://horseshelpingpeople.co.uk/

Horsewyse

Horsewyse is an Equine Riding and Learning Centre with a difference. A Community Interest Company (not for profit) based near Long Crendon, on the borders of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Providing horse riding lessons, hacks and polocrosse for all abilities of rider from beginner to advanced.

They also specialise in ground-based and riding activities for children, young people and adults with learning, behavioural and physical difficulties, such as autistic spectrum disorders, emotional, social and behavioural difficulties, low confidence, selective mutism, attachment disorders, down’s syndrome and epilepsy. We also run activity days/children’s clubs, polocrosse horse hire and racehorse retraining.

Horsewyse CIC
Westfield Farm, Westfield Road
Long Crendon, Aylesbury
Bucks
HP18 9EW

Please contact Neil Smith by sending an email to horsewyse@btinternet.com

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Education, Supported Employment and Vounteering

Buckinghamshire Care

Supported Employment service helps people with disabilities and mental health problems find paid employment. We believe that with the right support everyone can have a paid job.

We offer our Supported Employment service to people across Buckinghamshire and neighbouring local authorities through a range of opportunities.

Back2Base. Thrift Farm. Missenden Abbey Garden Centre. Branching Out.

http://www.buckinghamshirecare.co.uk/day-opportunities-and-supported-employment/supported-employment/

0333 121 0201
Buckinghamshire.co.uk.

Talkback Amersham & Wycombe College and Aylesbury College

Equip offer a range of opportunities for young people on the autistic spectrum. Working with families, schools and young people to design bespoke learning packages to help students with ASD access mainstream colleges and/or their local communities. Contact Jacqui White 01494 434448 Jacqui.white@talkback-uk.com

Equip+ provision, which is funded through personal budgets/direct payments and is aimed at those who cannot or won’t get access to mainstream college and support, or people who would like to self-fund additional educational or social opportunities.

Talkback

Independence Unlimited – enhances personal development and the practical application of independent living skills and the essential life skills with a realistic day environment. Talkback hope to launch a complete roll out of this programme in the new year.

Contact Chris Taylor on 01296 434448 chris@talkback-uk.com

Nclude

Nclude provides a range of activities and courses that have been identified by people with a learning disability. We have Nclude Me, Nclude Women, Nclude Men and Nclude Choices. We have work and drama courses, two allotments, an Internet café and a media group. We also run an Nclude coffee shop, lunch clubs, social events, travel training courses and individual support. We are continually building new courses and activities in response to identified needs. We also provide a variety of training, co-led by people with a learning disability.

Nclude operate a flexible support, self-referral mechanism and are committed to working with referring teams and other organisations. Contact Chris Taylor 01296 337278. nclude@talkback-uk.com

Community Champion.

Buckinghamshire Trading Standards has volunteering opportunitiesto suit all ages from 13 years upwards.

Contact Chris Holden 01296 382782 or email: cholden@buckscc.gov.uk

Buckinghamshire Adult Education.

Have a number of different part time courses.

Call: 01296 382403

Life Skills Centre

The Life Skills Centre is a provisions set up to help young adults with learning difficulties develop the skills to live and work more independently within Aylesbury College Complex.

There is a specifically designed building to meet the needs of students with learning difficulties. Students can also be supported to access facilities in the main college campus. All students are enrolled as college students.

Referrals via Connexions worker.

For more information, please contact Jamie Coats on jcoats@aylesbury.ac.uk or 01296 588521

http://www.aylesbury.ac.uk/about-us/life-skills-centre

My World- Living My Life

My World- Living My Life offer bespoke packages based on needs and aspirations of individuals. Offering support with personal development and to manage their lives with greater independence. If the programme requires it, facilities can be accessed at their base in Chalgrove and Watlington where there are facilities for daily living skills, relaxation, recreation, socialising, gardening, music and outdoor space. My World- Living My Life also offer outreach support.

For people aged 16 years and above. Referrals are by family, social services, mental health teams.
Cost is depending on the level and type of support the person requires.

01844 339840 myworldautismsupport@googlemail.com

http://www.myworldautismsupport.co.uk/home

Apprenticeships

For people up to the age of 25.

National site:

http://www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide

Bucks Adult Learning:

http://www.adultlearningbcc.ac.uk/Page.aspx?pageid=59

Lindengate -Social & Therapeutic Horticulture.

Lindengate is a Buckinghamshire-based registered charity that offers specialised gardening, art & craft, cooking and construction activities to help those with mental health needs in their continuing recovery.

Group or one to one support or volunteer opportunities.

01296 622443

info@lindengate.org.uk.

http://www.lindengate.org.uk

Referral via Care Coordinator/Medical Professional or self-referral.

Road Farm

Road Farm Countryways CIC is part of Care Farming UK whose aim is to promote, enable and support the development and growth of Care Farming provision throughout the United Kingdom.
RFCCIC is working towards the code of practice introduced and we have accreditation under the CEVAS training programme (Countryside Education and Visits Accreditation Service). 01494 862413

Road Farm Countryways CIC

Community Impact Bucks

Community Impact Bucks have a number of volunteering opportunities.

Contact 03001111250 info@communityimpactbucks.org.uk

Vana Trust Farm

Vana Trust Farm offer a small, friendly environment, where individuals are given a range of activities to encourage their development. Programs are tailored to meet individual needs. This is a work based family and horticultural experience. 01844 237146. info@vanatrust.org.uk

http://www.vanatrust.org.uk/therapeuticfarm_farm/default.aspx

Sunnyside Rural Trust

Sunnyside Rural Trust have three sites in Berkhamstead, Northchurch and Hemal Hempstead and offer trainees work experience in various aspects of horticulture including planting, plotting on, digging & site maintenance as well as in practical activities such as working with willow. Trainees aged 16+, spend 1-5 days a week in supported placements to achieve their goals and objectives.

Tel: 01442 863364. http://www.sunnysideruraltrust.org.uk/about-us/

Time Credits

Volunteer hub for people who have a lot of time to help others. Volunteers can earn time credits to use on activities available locally or nationwide (for example entrance to the Tower of London).
Contact Community Impact Bucks on 0300 111 250.

The WORKAID Hub

The WORKAID Hub is a supported workshop experience for people with learning disabilities. We are also autism friendly and TEACCH trained. The attendees undertake a wide variety of jobs for the main WORKAID workshop. Many practical skills are learnt on the jobs and soft skills such as team work, pride in the job done, making friends and working to a correct standard build confidence for the future. The Hub is open 10 until 3.30 on Mondays and Tuesdays.

01494 775220. admin@workaid.org www.workaid.org.

Animal Antiks

Animal Assisted Learning.

Every individual that joins us, has bespoke sessions designed to maximise their potential, increase their confidence and improve their life, independence, social and functional skills. This is achieved by our combined expertise and unique assessment process. Our animals have been selected for their own talents and disabilities, which provide us with endless opportunities for visual aids. The animals also enable our clients to understand the impact of their behaviours on others around them.

01296 630637. Email animalantiks@yahoo.co.uk www.animalantiks.co.uk

 

 

 

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