BuDS is fortunate enough to be partnered with the following organisations:
- Governments department
- Local Authorities
- Colleges and Schools
- Charity Partners
BuDS values its independence – we don’t want to find ourselves unable to speak out for disabled people because we are reliant on a Government department for our core costs. However, we are very happy to work collaboratively and as an equal partner with any department if that helps meet our objective of making Buckinghamshire better for disabled people.
Department of Work & Pensions (DWP)
BuDS works closely with the DWP, mainly within Buckinghamshire, as part of our Welfare Reform and Benefit Information projects. We have built a healthy constructive relationship with local DWP and JobCentrePlus managers and staff so that we can keep ourselves fully informed about benefit changes. We also work with the DWP locally through our membership of the BucksWorkability project. However, we have decided not to get involved with national DWP projects such as the Work Programme and, of course, we remain a staunch (but constructive) critic of the harmful impact of welfare reform and DWP policy on disabled people such as the change to PIP and the flawed Work Capability Assessment for Employment & Support Allowance.
Office for Disability Issues (ODI)
BuDS has worked with ODI on several occasions and is a member of the ODI-led Disability Action Alliance. BuDS helped gather the views of local disabled people in 2013 as part of the ODI’s Fulfilling Potential programme and in 2014 co-hosted the launch in Buckinghamshire of the ODI’s Accessible Britain Challenge and the Disability Action Alliance’s Volunteer Charter. Through its membership of the Bucks Legacy Board, BuDS is also helping to make sure that central government plays its proper part in the biannual Paralympic flame lighting ceremonies in Buckinghamshire.
BuDS values its independence and freedom to speak out for disabled people, and so does not wish to become an organisation commissioned by or under contract to a local authority, or to be reliant on them for our core costs. However, we are very happy to work collaboratively as an equal partner with them, particularly on joint projects.
Buckinghamshire County Council
BuDS works collaboratively with Bucks County Council on a very wide range of issues and projects including: Representing and speaking out on behalf of disabled people on various disability Partnership Boards and other groups such as the Local Account Working Group, which helps improve adult social care services on which many disabled people rely. Helping ameliorate the impact on local disabled people of benefit cuts and austerity through membership of the Bucks CC Welfare Reform Working Group Working with the County library service to deliver dozens of information sessions across Buckinghamshire for disabled people and professionals about welfare reform and benefit cuts Developing the Stoke Mandeville Way accessible route, and helping to improve accessibility across the county, by working with Transport for Bucks and transport planners at Bucks CC Looking at the future of community transport in Buckinghamshire Helping establish the Safe Places scheme in Buckinghamshire, with the Bucks CC community safety team Helping to use the legacy of the Paralympic Games to improve facilities and services in Buckinghamshire for all disabled people, through our membership of the Bucks Legacy board, on which BCC also sits. With the Bucks CC event team, BuDS also helps plan and manage the biannual Paralympic flame lighting ceremonies and public celebrations in Buckinghamshire.
Aylesbury Vale, Wycombe, South Bucks and Chiltern District Councils
BuDS works collaboratively with Buckinghamshire district councils on a very wide range of issues and projects including:
- Working with taxi licensing departments to improve taxis and minicabs for disabled people, through our Fair4All Taxi & Minicab project
- Working with planners and strategic development teams to make town centres, especially Aylesbury & Wycombe, more accessible and inclusive to disabled people
- Helping combat disability hate crime through our membership of district council-led Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) which work closely with Thames Valley Police on hate crime and other community safety issues.
- Working with council event and marketing teams to make local events more accessible to disabled people, through our Fair4All Events project
- Helping to make polling stations more accessible to disabled people by working with electoral registration teams
Town & Parish Councils
BuDS works collaboratively with many Buckinghamshire town and parish councils, including Aylesbury, Buckingham, Chesham, Amersham, Stoke Mandeville and Burnham (to name but a few!). Our joint working is very wide-ranging but typically includes:
- Helping local councils to make town and village centres and facilities such as halls and swimming pools more accessible and inclusive for disabled people
- Helping make local events more accessible to disabled people, through our Fair4All Events project
Colleges & Schools
Based in Aylesbury, this UTC specialises in IT and Construction. BuDS is delighted to say that we are the UTC’s chosen charity and partner. Not only do we receive regular donations from the various fundraising activities the students run, we also get access to skilled IT and Construction students. The UTC in return receives a continuous stream of real-life projects which helps develop their education curriculum, with students working on projects that are of direct help to disabled people in Buckinghamshire. Currently, the students are working on two main projects: revamping the BuDS website to make it easier to use and more accessible; and designing portable disabled access resources for our Fair4All Events project. Later in 2015, UTC students will be working on rewriting our Fair4All website and introducing new ways for disabled people to book and pay for Fair4All taxis and minicabs online.
BuDS is working in partnership with this large college to provide work experience placements for its students, particularly disabled students.
Students from Aylesbury College have kindly helped BuDS at several events: some of their photographic students even acted as official press photographers for a national event co-hosted by BuDS in Buckinghamshire and did a great job!
Based in High Wycombe, Nightingale House of this top girl’s grammar school has kindly chosen us as their charity for the 2014-2015 academic year. They have set the ambitious target of raising £1500 for BuDS! On top of this, they are working on a project as part of our disability hate crime project to design information boards to be displayed in disabled ‘Blue Badge’ parking bays in Wycombe district. They are also working on populating the Fair4All Events database.
Waddesdon school’s art department are working on a project as part of our disability hate crime project to design information boards to be displayed in disabled ‘Blue Badge’ parking bays in Aylesbury Vale district.
Phoenixbury Music Festival
Phoenixbury is an annual music festival held in Steeple Claydon, Buckinghamshire, each summer. It is a free festival of music (all bands play for free, free admission), and the profit on the event goes to a chosen charity partner, which for 2015 will be BuDS. Last year they raised £2,500 and BuDS hopes they can match or even beat this total for us. Please come along, enjoy the festival and purchase some BuDS merchandise!
BuDS is delighted that this large and prestigious Buckinghamshire company has chosen BuDS to be its charity partner for 2015. As well as fundraising and volunteering on BuDS projects, Zodiac has already greatly helped BuDS by supplying free desktop computers for the BuDS office – a magnificent gift!
Business and Companies
Buckinghamshire Business First
As well as being a membership organisation, BBF also runs projects for Buckinghamshire councils and administers various EU and UK business grants schemes. As such, it is an important partner with BuDS in matters like developing accessible tourism and the employment of disabled people in the County.
Intel Security is one of the world’s leading internet safety companies. Intel Security’s Aylesbury office has supported BuDS with IT support from its staff for several years. Intel Security also recently made a generous donation towards the costs of BuDS’ benefit information sessions in libraries across Buckinghamshire.