In order to tackle the big issues facing disabled people, BuDS runs several innovative and volunteer-led projects throughout the year. Our current projects are listed below. Click on the buttons to find out more.
Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)
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 visit our Facebook page.
If you would like to volunteer for the IAG team as a researcher or writer, please visit our volunteering page to find out more.
Are you feeling lonely or stressed at home? Need a friendly chat with someone who understands? The BuDS BuDDies are here to help!
BuDDies are BuDS volunteers who will call you regularly for a chat about anything you like. The calls are not therapy or counselling, just friendly conversation. You can talk about things that are troubling you, or just have a social chat. We will try to match you with a volunteer that suits your needs and the calls can be as often or as infrequent as you like, or just a one-off.
Calls can be on the telephone, or by any online messaging system (eg Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp), or by secure video using Teams (we will set this up for you). If you are a BSL user, we can match you with another BSL user for video calls.
If anything comes up in your call where you need extra information or help, the BuDDy will do their best to point you to somewhere that can help. All BuDDies have been police checked and safeguarded and everything you talk about is confidential.
Anyone in Bucks with any sort of disability or long-term health condition can use this free service. We will try to open it up to more people later.
To find out more about BuDS BuDDies or to register your interest, please call us on 01494 211179 and we will be in touch with you soon. To self-refer to the service, please fill in this form and a member of our team will contact you with the next steps.
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 the Fair4All website.
For jobseekers, we have 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.