Covid-19 Risk Assessment Week Ending 17th January 2022

The feared increase in hospitalisations and deaths from Covid-19 has arrived in Bucks, with both totals more than doubling. Also, the most reliable information shows that the Covid-19 pandemic in Bucks has NOT improved, with an incredible 1 in every 19 people STILL infected. Contrary to what you may read in the media, the Omicron pandemic in Bucks is NOT ‘getting better’ or ‘going away’, and it is still essential that everyone takes strict precautions against catching Omicron. Read on for more…

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New Homeworking Support Grant to Help Clinically Vulnerable People in Bucks

We’d like to share some fantastic news if you are a Buckinghamshire worker who’s clinically vulnerable to Covid-19. There’s a new grants scheme coming soon which can fund your employer to help you work more successfully from home. The grants, of up to £2000, can fund technology, training or new IT and software.  You can find full details here: https://bbf.uk.com/business-support/homeworking-support-initiative. Read on for more information.

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New Study Presents New Information About Covid-19 Transmission In Air

This is an interesting study about the spread of Covid-19 in the air, but it needs to be treated with great caution. This is because the tests were conducted using the Alpha, Beta and Delta variants of Covid-19, NOT the current Omicron variant. As over 95% of all infections today are Omicron, this means the study is of limited value. Also, the study has not yet been peer-reviewed by other scientists, and therefore may be challenged or changed at a later date.

You can read the full study here, and read a media summary of it here.

Covid-19 Risk Assessment Week Ending 10th January 2022

Omicron infections continue to climb in Bucks, with an incredible 1 in every 19 people now infected. This means it is almost inevitable that you and your family WILL catch Omicron in your normal life unless you take strict precautions. The good news is that the number of people going into local hospitals with severe Covid illness isn’t increasing so far.

Our key message remains that everyone needs to take action to keep themselves safe from Omicron. Read on for more…

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Is the rate of increase in Covid-19 cases in Bucks slowing down?

The graph below shows that the rate at which the calculated number of infected people in Bucks is increasing seems to be slowing down – the calculated increase for week ending 10 January was only 5%. However, the more reliable ONS Infection Survey data, available to 27 December 2021, has always shown a higher total than figures derived from reported test data and so far continues to indicate a continuing high rate of increase.

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BuDS’ Analysis of the Prime Minister’s Briefing about the Response to Omicron

The Prime Minister yesterday (4 January) held another Covid-19 press conference. While acknowledging the seriousness of the Omicron emergency and announcing plans to put the NHS and essential services on a ‘war footing’, the PM also said that the Government would NOT be introducing any further precautions to slow the spread of Omicron and instead would ‘ride the wave’. Read on for more…

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment Week Ending 3rd January 2022

As Bucks goes back to work and school, sadly Omicron infections remain incredibly high, with 1 in every 25 people now infected. This means it is almost inevitable that you and your family WILL catch Omicron in your normal life unless you take strict precautions. The cautiously good news is that the number of people going into local hospitals with Covid has only increased by a small amount so far – but it is still early days.

Our key message remains that everyone needs to take action to keep themselves safe from Omicron. Read on for more…

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Event Volunteers

BuDS event volunteers with the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire at Armed Forces Day 2019

Pre-Covid, BuDS helped make big public events like Armed Forces Day, town fairs and music festivals more accessible and inclusive for all disabled people. We expect to be resuming this work, in a Covid-safe way, in 2022.

A lot of BuDS’ work is done before the event is held, during the planning phase, but often BuDS volunteers also attend the event itself to help disabled visitors and their families. Typically, BuDS will provide accessible games and activities for disabled adults and children, provide an information point and ‘breakout’ quiet space for autistic people, help staff disabled parking and police viewing areas and wheelchair platforms for disabled people. As an event volunteer, you’ll work on the day of the event as part of the organised and professional BuDS team, doing a range of practical tasks and activities. Full PPE and training are provided. You can do one or more events as suits your availability.


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    BuDDies

    BuDDies are volunteers who befriend lonely or isolated disabled people and support them with regular contact by phone, videocall or social media messaging (possibly by face-to-face contact too when Covid-19 permits). Working within our professional and fully safeguarded team, and with support from both staff and other volunteers, this role would suit empathic, understanding and caring people who can help others in a non-judgemental way and have the time for a regular contact. You may have counselling or mental health experience. Full training provided.

    To read more about the BuDDies project, click here.


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      Support Volunteers

      Support volunteers work directly with disabled people to help them with their individual needs and remove barriers which prevent them from moving forward. This work suits empathic, caring and committed people who want to help others in a professional way.

      We are currently recruiting the following Support Volunteer roles:

      Volunteer Team Enablers

      Working inside BuDS as part of the wider ‘HR’ team, you would support BuDS volunteers to help them move forward in their volunteering and personal journey. This could include mentoring young people in their first working environment, supporting people who are anxious or insecure, and encouraging team work and peer support.  This role would suit patient and caring people with life and working experience who are keen to share their skills and help others to move forward.


      Reach4Work Mentors

      Many BuDS volunteers are disabled people looking to get a job or move closer to work. Some are young people finding their way forward, others are people who have acquired a disability recently and having to rethink their future. As a Reach4Work mentor, you will be paired with one or two of our jobseeker volunteers to support them through regular mentoring sessions. This role would suit caring people with experience of the world of work who are keen to support others to move forward in their careers and work journeys.


      Enquiries and Advocacy Volunteers

      Disabled people contact BuDS with a wide variety of issues, and we try to help them with information, advice, guidance and where necessary advocating on their behalf with service-providers, employers and public bodies. As an enquiry and advocacy volunteer, working within our professional and organised service, you will be able to choose the enquiries or people you can best support. This role would suit determined and compassionate people who know how the world works, who want to support others and remove barriers which prevent people moving forward.


      Welfare Rights Volunteers

      Disabled people must fight for the support they are entitled to from the DWP, housing providers, councils and the NHS. BuDS wants to support disabled people with the difficult problems which other agencies like CAB cannot easily help with. This role would suit people with a good knowledge of one or more aspects of the welfare rights system who want to support others and help people get the help they are entitled to.


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