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Find out about our community projects team

13 October 2017

Primarily focused on meeting the needs of the vulnerable and socially isolated, the Community Projects Team supports the development and delivery of services where an unmet need has been established. They provide bespoke support to help develop community and volunteer projects throughout Buckinghamshire.

Here's a snapshot of what they do...

Gardening and Befriending ServiceGardening team

We provide a range of gardening and well-being services to vulnerable people living in Buckinghamshire. Our clients include older people, young carers and people living with disabilities.  Many live in disadvantaged areas and are often isolated and living alone in the community. The service is delivered by volunteers and offer volunteering opportunities for people of all ages, either as part of a supervised team that supports multiple participants or for the same client on a one-to-one basis. In addition to our free commissioned service, we also provide low cost garden clearance and maintenance services.

Buckinghamshire Lunch Clubs

We help set up lunch clubs as part of a programme to tackle social exclusion among our ageing population - especially in rural areas where there are few local services and poor public transport links. It's aimed at the over 60s and especially those who may have been missing out on regular social contact. Our 'lunch club' model includes support to identify and secure a suitable venue, negotiate the food offer, develop relationship with venue owner and recruit volunteer co-ordinator. Lunch clubs are predominantly hosted by pubs who are often the hub of a rural community.

Community Transport Hub

The Community Transport Hub delivers signposting information, advice and guidance to Buckinghamshire residents without access to public/private transport and is funded by Buckinghamshire County Council. Specifically, we provide details of community transport schemes operating in the callers area - assisting those from vulnerable groups, who are struggling to maintain independence and who have a wide variety of needs and circumstances.

Community Transport Schemes:

Community Impact Bucks can provide up to 10 days’ free support to communities wishing to explore potential and appetite for a Community Transport Scheme. We offer a comprehensive and bespoke service to communities that wish to set up a community transport scheme. Support can include: development of induction packs, bespoke policies and operational material, safeguarding training, DBS checks, co-ordinator support and training, support with publicity and associated materials and funding advice.

Community Led Planning

Funded by Bucks County Council, we have completed a comprehensive research project so that there can be better understanding of the landscape of Community and Neighbour Planning within Buckinghamshire, the implications for communities and how we can support them make good and robust decisions about community planning. We have in place a compressive suit of briefing material and provide telephone advice and signposting support to communities who contact us. We are about to deliver a high-level learning and information workshop to Bucks County Council to support staff who work with communities.

Community BuildingsCommunity building

We run a community buildings subscription scheme aimed providing support, advice and signposting services. We have reviewed our service offer and launched a refreshed service with an increased level of member’s benefits. Benefits include: access to 42 ACRE information sheets and model documents including: constitutions, land and trust deeds, insurance, health and safety. Access to OSCI parish profiles, a regular e-bulletin and 1to1 telephone advice and support.

Oil Buying

We manage an oil buying club which provides a way for individuals, Community Buildings and businesses to save money on fuel costs. We take on the organisation of bulk buying of fuel oil and the negotiation of the best prices, reducing the cost for members and the time spent sourcing oil. We bring communities throughout Buckinghamshire who are off mains gas together to make the most of collective buying power. Our members pay and annual fee and can place orders throughout the year. Members on a low income can order the minimum amount of 500 litres and still get the same discount as members who order a larger quantity.

Community Organising

We are funded to develop and deliver a 3 year community organising pilot project in East Wycombe, that aims to strengthen the community in Micklefield, Totteridge and Bowerdean and improve resident’s health and well-being. Community Organising is the work of building relationships in communities to activate people and create change through collective action. We have undertaken 400 conversations with members of the East Wycombe community to develop robust intelligence and data. We have built a local network of community leaders (people working or volunteering in local institutions) and we are developing a plan of action and change focusing on provision for young people, housing and environment.

Good Neighbours Schemes

Good Neighbours Schemes (GNS) support vulnerable, older or disabled residents of a community.  The schemes are run by local voluntary groups and help is given to those in need free of charge Help may include: transport to medical appointments or shopping, errands, small household tasks and gardening.  We provide a free time limited service to work with communities helping them identify where the need is, whether there is community capacity to deliver a scheme and what services the scheme will focus on. We provide support to develop structure of the scheme, provide bespoke toolkits, policies and governance documents, help to develop volunteer and client base and provide support to launch scheme

Handy Helpers ProjectHandy Helpers - man putting up picture

The Handy Helper project is a new service to help elderly, vulnerable and isolated Aylesbury Vale residents with small tasks around the home which they can’t do for themselves. It will provide a trust-worthy service which offers visits and help from DBS checked volunteers to not only perform small tasks but also offer befriending and social support. We are running a pilot in Aylesbury Vale to test the model and service and collect robust evidence of need and success. The plan is to then seek further funding to roll out a sustainable programme across the county.

How can we help you?   If you want more information on any of these projects, or think that we can help you in your community please get in touch with the community projects team on 0300 111 1250.

 

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