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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.

Thrift Farm.
Missenden Abbey Garden Centre.
Branching Out.


0333 121 0201

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.


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 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


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



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. 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 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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