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The BuDS stand at the Towersey Festival 2023. The blue and gold BuDS flags and banners are seen in the middle of a busy festival scene with blurred images of people in the foreground and background.

BuDS Annual Meeting 2023

Your chance to learn more about us and get involved!

The BuDS Annual Meeting for 2023 will be held online at 3 pm on Saturday 13 January 2024. This isn’t a stuffy meeting but a celebration of all we have done in this extraordinary year. There’s plenty of opportunity to ask questions and get involved in our work. This year, we are also making some big changes to evolve BuDS so that we can help more people.

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Volunteer at the Chiltern Open Air Museum’s Halloween Event

Do you want to help support disabled people and get to attend an amazing event? BuDS is looking for event volunteers for the Chiltern Open Air Museum’s Halloween Event, on Friday 27th October 2023.

The Halloween Spectacular Event is back on Friday 27th October this year, it will be an evening filled with spooky fun for all ages in the unique and atmospheric setting of the Museum’s historic buildings and woods. BuDS volunteers will get free admission to the whole site, and plenty of free time to enjoy the event and museum.

BuDS is excited to support this event to be more inclusive and accessible for all disabled people. We will be supporting disabled visitors, staffing viewing areas, and providing an emergency quiet space. There will be a wide range of roles to suit everyone, even if you can only volunteer for an hour.

If you’d like to be part of the volunteer team for this amazing event, please fill in this expression of interest form, and we will be in touch! Disabled people are very welcome to volunteer, and we have a wide range of roles to suit everyone.

If you don’t want to fill in the form, you can email volunteering@buds.org.uk or leave us a voicemail on 01494 211179

A group of people in blue BuDS polo shirts standing in a field in front of a blue gazebo with a yellow banner reading "Buckinghamshire Disability Service". A historic building is visible in the background.
BuDS Volunteers at COAM Green Festival in July 2023

Volunteer at the Towersey Festival

Do you want to help support disabled people and get to attend an amazing event? BuDS is looking for event volunteers for the Towersey Festival on the Claydon Estate, north Bucks, from 23rd – 29th August.


Towersey Festival is the UK’s longest-running independent festival, devoted to creating a ‘true community of music, creativity, friendship, and fun’. Established in 1965, the festival has grown to become one of the major arts and music festivals of the year.


We are excited to support Towersey Festival 2023 to be more inclusive and accessible for all disabled people by staffing disabled and Covid-safer viewing areas, providing access information and support, an emergency quiet space, as well as help in the accessible campsite.


Volunteers will get free time to enjoy the festival and will be able to watch most of the acts and also take part in all the other festival activities, or just chill out.


If you’d like to be part of the volunteer team for this amazing event, please fill in the expression of interest form here, and we will be in touch! Disabled people are very welcome to volunteer, and we have a wide range of roles to suit everyone.


We are looking for volunteers who can ideally commit to at least 8 hours spread over the event, or more if possible. Volunteering is organised in shifts, so you can choose the ones which suit your availability.

More information is provided in the above expression of interest form. If you have any further questions, please contact us on volunteering@buds.org.uk, 01494 211179 (voicemail), or on any of our social medias.

Fair4All Event Organiser (£12.50/hr For 95 Hours)

Could you help the BuDS Events team remove the barriers excluding disabled people from attending public events? This role will involve helping BuDS organise support at Towersey Festival in August and 3 winter events at the Chiltern Open Air Museum (COAM), plus additional events that may be organised in 2023.

The role will involve liaising with event organisers and within BuDS to plan and arrange BuDS’ presence at events, and the support we will be providing. It will also involve practical work around event equipment, helping prepare branding and promotional material, and attending all events to ensure smooth operation during events. This role is primarily remote/home-based, but will require regular travel to the BuDS event store in Aston Clinton, Aylesbury and to events. It is for 95 hours total averaging 4 hours per week, at up to £12.50 per hour. It covers the period from 17 July to 31 December 2023.

Disabled people are particularly welcome to apply. BuDS is committed to removing barriers to employment. Please let us know how we could make it possible for you to do this job. BuDS works remotely and flexibly using MS Teams.


If you would like the job description in another format, please contact us.

To apply or express an interest, please send your CV to jobs@buds.org.uk. To arrange an informal chat about the role, please e-mail jannekee@buds.org.uk.

Poster advertising the Chiltern Open Air Museum's Green Festival, on Sunday 9th July from 10am to 5pm. The poster has a green base with images of the various historic buildings at COAM, and a blue top with the words "Chiltern Open Air Museum Green Festival"

Volunteer at the Chiltern Green Festival

Do you want to help support disabled people and get to attend an amazing event? BuDS is looking for event volunteers for the Chiltern Open Air Museum’s Green Festival, on Sunday 9th July 2023.

The Green Festival is a celebration of the Chiltern Hills environment, with dozens of activities, talks, an independent market, plus live acoustic music and wellbeing activities. BuDS volunteers will get free admission to the whole site, and plenty of free time to enjoy the event and museum.

BuDS is excited to support this event to be more inclusive and accessible for all disabled people. We will be supporting disabled visitors, staffing viewing areas, and providing an emergency quiet space. There will be a wide range of roles to suit everyone, even if you can only volunteer for an hour.

If you’d like to be part of the volunteer team for this amazing event, please fill in this expression of interest form, and we will be in touch! Disabled people are very welcome to volunteer, and we have a wide range of roles to suit everyone.

If you don’t want to fill in the form, you can email volunteering@buds.org.uk or leave us a voicemail on 01494 211179

BuDS Volunteers at WhizzFizzFest 2019

BuDS is not attending Chiltern Open Air Museum’s Christmas Event

BuDS always strives to make events in Buckinghamshire accessible for disabled people. However, we have recently been hit with a wave of illness within our events team. After lots of careful consideration, our Trustees felt that attending this event would put too much strain on the health of our volunteers, and we are therefore very sadly announcing that we will not be attending this event.

If you have any questions or comments, please email info@buds.org.uk.

Volunteer at the COAM Christmas Weekend

Please note volunteer applications have closed for this event.

Do you want to help support disabled people and get to attend an amazing event? BuDS is looking for event volunteers for the Chiltern Open Air Museum Christmas Weekend, on the 3rd and 4th December 2022.


The event will show how Christmas was celebrated in the past and give you the opportunity to see some of the Museum’s historic buildings traditionally decorated for Christmas. There will be an artisan Christmas market and the Museum’s shop will be full of handmade products.


We are excited to support this event to be more inclusive and accessible for all disabled people by providing an access information and support, and an emergency quiet space.


Volunteers will get free time to enjoy the event and will be able to enjoy the demonstrations, or just have some chill out time!

Strict Covid-safety protocols will be in place to keep everyone safe and every volunteer will be provided with a BuDS polo shirt and PPE face mask.


If you’d like to be part of the volunteer team for this amazing event, please fill in the expression of interest form, and we will be in touch! Disabled people are very welcome to volunteer, and we have a wide range of roles to suit everyone.

We are very welcoming, even if you can only commit to an hour during the weekend.