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Support Groups: Education

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.

Thrift Farm.
Missenden Abbey Garden Centre.
Branching Out.


0333 121 0201




The Equip programme works in partnership with local colleges to ensure that young people with a learning disability and/or autism are keeping up to speed with the curriculum and learning vital life skills. Equip also gives individuals a safe space to join in, socialise and form friendships. As part of this programme members can take part in activities like arts and crafts and creative media sessions, as well as other new interests. There’s also the chance for members to undertake a work experience placement, such as horticultural work at the Green Dragon Eco Farm, or retail work at Sainsbury’s. Here our members learn the skills required for working life and build the foundations for finding paid work in the future.

Contact :   01494 434448

Email : nclude@talkback-uk.com

Website: https://talkback-nclude.com/nclude/equip/




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


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



For people up to the age of 25.

National site:


Bucks Adult Learning:


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


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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


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. https://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 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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