About Fair4All Attitudes and Hate Crimes

Disabled people are sometimes subject to abuse, insults or physical violence because of their disability. BuDS is here to confidentially support you if you are a victim of this sort of disability hate incident. If you choose to report it to the police, BuDS can also support you and help you through the process. The information below is designed to help you with this.

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About Reach4Work

We have created the Reach4Work scheme specially to support jobseekers. 

In Reach4Work, we create a volunteer role within BuDS which suits you and which helps you to reach your work goals, whether that is getting working experience, learning new skills, moving a step closer to work, or helping you move from BuDS into a new job. The BuDS organisation includes people with both physical and mental health conditions, autism and ADHD and many professional volunteers. This creates a wealth of learning opportunities.

By volunteering alongside other disabled people, you will gain experience, training and employment related advice. You will learn about remote working, collaborative software and flexible working practices and learn vital work skills for the “new normal”. You can volunteer at your own pace. We have volunteers working at every level within the charity, even as a new volunteer there are opportunities to quickly make a big impact that will impress future employers. We also have an extensive network to help you find paid work.

To find out more about the Reach4Work scheme, please visit the Reach4Work website using the button below.

About IAG Covid-19

The IAG team works tirelessly to produce easy to read, fact-checked and reliable articles about issues relevant to disabled people. During the Covid-19 pandemic, these have included weekly risk posts which break down the latest case, hospitalisation, death and vaccination statistics; analyses of Government policy, and scientific updates about the coronavirus. To read these posts, please see below or visit our Facebook page using the button below:

If you would like to volunteer for the IAG team as a researcher or writer, please visit our volunteering page to find out more.

About The Fair4All Card

The Fair4All Card is a secure photo card that helps disabled people communicate the reasonable adjustments they need to shops, services and organisations in Bucks. It has a photograph of the Card Holder to prove that it is being used by the right person. BuDS issues the Fair4All Card only to disabled people who are legally entitled to reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act 2010 or exemptions from Covid regulations. Many shops, services and organisations in Buckinghamshire recognise the Fair4All Card alongside Thames Valley Police.

To find out more about the Fair4All Card scheme, please visit use the button below:

Covid-19 Risk Assessment Week Ending 11th October 2021

The risk of meeting an infected person while you are out and about in the Bucks community has RISEN AGAIN for the fourth week in a row (to 10 October) and is still VERY HIGH. The number of patients in local hospitals with Covid-19 is also slightly HIGHER. The pandemic in Bucks is steadily getting WORSE and so we continue to urge everyone to stay extremely ‘Covid-Careful’, and to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. Read on for more details.

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Parklife 2021

Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS) regrets to announce that it will not be present at, or supporting, the Parklife Festival in Aylesbury on 28 and 29 August. Our own Covid impact assessment for this event shows that the Parklife event would lead to hundreds of people becoming infected with Covid and, as a disability charity, we could not in any circumstances support an event which credibly might lead to hundreds more people becoming ill or disabled. BuDS has formally asked the event organisers to cancel their event in the interests of public health, but they have declined to do so.

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Meeting Safely Out Of Doors

Even with the high numbers of people infected with Covid-19, BuDS is not recommending that people go back to or continue shielding. By shielding, we mean completely self-isolating yourself and never meeting other people. We recommend that everyone – even extremely clinically vulnerable people – think about their mental health and continue to meet family, friends and loved ones safely out of doors. This article by the expert BuDS team provides the fact-checked information you need to help you meet people safely out of doors.

If you need help or support or you’re anxious about Covid-19, BuDS is here for you. Please e-mail buds-support@buds.org.uk, call 01494 211179 (voicemail) or message us and we’ll do all we can to help.

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