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Heart & Soul - The Beautiful Oct

The Beautiful Octopus Club returns via zoom.
Link

[Added: 19-Sep-2021]


New Research

New research highlights the quality of life and mental health issues of adults with autism.
Link

[Added: 19-Sep-2021]


Group meeting (face to face)

Our next adult group meeting is Wednesday 22nd September 6.30pm -8 pm in Aylesbury . Visit our contact page to gain more details.

[Added: 16-Sep-2021]


Autistic lawyer landed his dream job.

Property lawyer Martin Whitehorn says the legal profession is opening up to more neurodiverse talent. Read the guardian article: Link

[Added: 15-Sep-2021]


Sexual Health Week 2021

This week is sexual health week and My Life My Choice and their Young Champions have created 3 easy -read resources.
Link

[Added: 15-Sep-2021]


Autism and Cinema

A new film season explores the relationship between autism and cinema.
The Barbican’s programme includes a diverse selection of work that puts neurodiverse voices front and centre.
Link

[Added: 14-Sep-2021]


Autism DNA study on hold

Read statement

[Added: 13-Sep-2021]


How can employers adjust their recruitment for people with autism?

Visit website

[Added: 13-Sep-2021]


Petite Ponies

Those of you interested in horses may like to take a look at an organisation that contacted us recently called Petite Ponies (Link). They offer a wide range of tailored sessions and activities depending on your personal, family, students, team or clients needs. You can read more about them in the Resources section.

[Added: 12-Sep-2021]


Our next face to face adult group

Our next adult group will be Wednesday 22nd September 2021 6.30-8pm in Aylesbury. To join as a Member please select [Become a Member] button on our website.

[Added: 1-Sep-2021]


Dates for your Diaries

There will be no day time group via zoom in September. The following are dates and venues we have planned for the next few months:

- Wed 22nd Sep 6.30-8pm face-to-face.
- Wed 13th Oct 11am -12pm Zoom .
- Wed 27th Oct 6.30-8pm face-to-face.
- Wed 10th Nov 11am-12pm Zoom.
- Wed 24th Nov 6.30-8pm face-to-face.

Location details to be sent by email.

[Added: 1-Sep-2021]


ASD Museum Poster Project

It was great to see our Members who turned up for the Group Meeting in Aylesbury on 25th Aug. We were joined by artist Daniel Riley who asked us all for ideas that he will use to create a poster about Autism and the challenges that Autistic people face when visiting museums.

Daniel will visit again in September to share what he has produced so far so that he can get your feedback and consultation on the progress of the poster.

[Added: 28-Aug-2021]


Understanding Autism Poster

Autism Bucks has developed a poster that has been sent to all supermarkets in the Bucks area. Take a look: Click here

[Added: 28-Aug-2021]


New Website

If you're reading this then you've found our new website - welcome. This is just the start. Over the next few months we'll be adding a members area, chatroom, blogs and much more. So please keep coming back and, if you're minded to do so, please use the buttons to share our site on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

We are always open to suggestions. Please use from the menu to pass on your ideas.

[Added: 28-Aug-2021]


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What Is Autism?


Autism is a developmental condition which impacts the function of the brain. It affects the way that someone interacts with and relates to other people and, for autistic people, the world can be a confusing, unpredictable and sometimes scary place.

Find Out More:

Experiencing Autism...Plus

An autistic person may experience difficulties in the following areas...

  • social communication and social interaction
  • repetitive behaviour /movement
  • over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light, colours, temperatures or pain
  • intense and highly focused interests
  • extreme anxiety
  • melt down/ shut down

Autism as a Spectrum...Plus

Autism is called a spectrum condition because it affects people in different ways and to different degrees. Whilst many autistic people can lead independent lives with jobs, relationships, and social lives they will encounter difficulties which will require additional support. This can also be exhausting for them as they may be masking their condition.

At the other end of the spectrum many will require more intensive support throughout their lives, particularly if their autism is accompanied by an additional learning or mental health difficulty.

A person’s profile can be very confusing. They have academic skills and be able to talk to a public audience, but then not be able to answer the telephone or understand the contents of their post.


Identity Language...Plus

Autism Bucks will communicate using autism terminology that reflects the outcomes of current research and also the choice of our members. The research paper ‘Which terms should be used to describe autism? Perspectives from the UK autism community’, determined that the UK autism community preferred the use of ‘identity first’ language as opposed to ‘person first’ language (Kenny et al., 2015, p.16).

Full ref: Kenny, L. et al. (2015) ‘Which terms should be used to describe autism?’ Perspectives from the UK autism community’, Autism, 20(4), pp. 442–462. doi: 10.1177/1362361315588200.

Autism

“To be truly person-centred, all elements of the person have to be given equal recognition and respect. Identity-first language shows acceptance of what cannot be taken away from the person. It shows respect to the autistic individual for whom and what they are. It also promotes pride and positive self-esteem in autistic people and teaches society that being autistic is not automatically wrong or detrimental. We shouldn’t need to say ‘person’ first in order to remind ourselves that autistic people are people”

[Courtesy of Identity-First Autistic]


GP Diagnosis...Plus

Keep a file with information on why you think the person or you may have an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC)

The autism spectrum quotient (AQ-10) tool is recommended for use with adults with possible autism who do not have a moderate or severe learning disability. This may help identify whether you or the person you support should be referred for a comprehensive autism assessment.

Complete and take to your GP:

  • NICE Guidance – Autism spectrum Quotient (AQ10 Test)
  • Information on anything different you noticed during the pregnancy and childhood (if known) to the present day, including information from school, friends, college, family, work colleagues.
  • Information on any incidents that have happened which make you think ASC may be the diagnosis.
  • Some information on what Autism is (General Practitioners are not specialists in all fields).

Take all this information along to your GP and ask for a referral for assessment.

If your GP disagrees or cannot refer you, we suggest you contact your local Patient Advisory Liaison Service (PALS) for details of how to get a second opinion.


Private Diagnosis...Plus

If your GP cannot refer, or the GP or the second opinion disagrees with you, you might want to think about a private assessment.

If you gain a diagnosis privately, then sharing relevant information with your GP can ensure all relevant services are put in place to support you.

If you have additional diagnoses and medication is required then you can discuss with your GP moving into shared care. If your GP agrees, this means they may prescribe your medication as per advice from your private Psychiatrist.


More Information...Plus

For more information visit:


The Awareness Programme

Autism Bucks aims to develop a range of varied and accessible awareness and training resources, created and delivered by autistic people and/or parent/carers of autistic people. Programmes will be available in a variety of formats and designed to reach different audiences.

Our Mission: For the first project we worked with our members and volunteers to develop the Autism Bucks Awareness Project; delivering presentations on a range of topics providing new awareness about autism. This current programme is delivered virtually and available to watch here or on our YouTube channel.

The programme format is simple; short sessions on a given topic or theme, presented by experts by experience, each followed by a short Q&A with the presenter


 

Watch our YouTube Videos here →

TitleSynopsisDate Uploaded
Awkward Demographic with Kristianne DrakeKristianne talks about being diagnosed as being autistic at the age of 47. How is gained a diagnoses and what being autistic means to her. "I think being autistic is great" .22-Jul-2021
Paul Isaacs and Autism Bucks Exposure AnxietyOur next session by Paul Issacs's on Exposure Anxiety. Unfortunately we forgot to pass record for the first ten minutes.22-Jul-2021
Autistic Parents and parenting with Georgina WattsGeorge talks about her experience of being an autistic mum to an autistic child. George is an Autistic self advocate and speaker. Her current work include mentor on Understanding Autism - a free online course. 22-Jul-2021
Autism & Sensory IssuesPaul Isaacs explains sensory integration and autism.22-Jul-2021
Autism as a fruit salad with Paul IsaacsPaul Isaacs talks about the fruit salad of Autism.22-Jul-2021
What is Autism - Autism Bucks and Paul IsaacsThe first of 12 video sessions about autism and to raise autism awareness. All presenters are experts by experience. In this session "What is autism" Paul Isaacs uses the "fruit salad". 22-Jul-2021


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Presenters:

Autism Bucks is grateful to the presenters on this programme and looks forward to working with them in the future.

Damian Milton

Damian Milton

Damian works part-time for the Tizard Centre, University of Kent as a Lecturer in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Damian also teaches on the MA Education (Autism) programme at London South Bank University and has been a consultant for the Transform Autism Education (TAE) project and a number of projects for the Autism Education Trust (AET). Damian’s interest in autism began when his son was diagnosed in 2005 as autistic at the age of two. Damian was also diagnosed with Asperger’s in 2009 at the age of thirty-six. Damian’s primary focus is on increasing the meaningful participation of autistic people and people with learning disabilities in the research process and chairs the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC).

Dean Beadle

Dean Beadle

Dean is a high profile journalist, speaker and writer. Dean has toured for ten years sharing his experiences of life on the autistic spectrum. Through his humorous and insightful speeches he outlines his positive outlook on his diagnosis and his work on raising awareness about autism in the UK and internationally.

Kristianne Drake

Kristianne Drake

At 47 (and female) I received my Autism diagnosis. Three months later I received the full report confirming that all 3 specialists I had seen agreed, without a doubt, that I am Autistic. I’m now trying to make sense of it all. I have met and spoken with many other autistic people in this time – some who are ‘out’ and some who prefer to keep their autism a secret. As I am able to speak openly I am sharing as much as I can as I discover about it on this lifelong journey.

Alex Manners

Alex Manners

Alex is from Solihull, 24yrs old and was diagnosed with Asperger’s when he was 10 years old. He presents talk about his life living with Asperger’s all over the UK to companies, banks, universities, councils and schools and in 2019 published his first book called “That’s Not Right! My Life Living with Asperger’s”. He previously presented his own weekly children’s radio show, appeared on two series of “The Undateables” on Channel 4 and has started an “Autism & Football” campaign to improve the match day experience for people with autism. Alex has a definite ‘lust for life’ and believes that you should never let your circumstances hold you back. To Alex, life is an adventure and he is determined to spend it pursuing his passions!

Paul Isaacs

Paul Isaacs

Paul Isaacs – Speaker, Trainer, Consultant and Author speaks about his experiences of being autistic. Paul was non-verbal in his youth; he didn’t gain functional speech until 7/8 years old. He went through mainstream education and didn’t receive a diagnosis of autism until 2010 at the age of 24.He has been a public speaker, trainer and consultant and author for over 10 years and has been national autism conferences and events around the counties

Georgina Watts

Georgina Watts

Autistic self-advocate, mentor and speaker; diagnosed as an adult while doing a degree in Autism Studies, now doing an MA also in Autism Studies. My dissertation is looking at the relationship between autism acceptance and quality of life in autistic adults. Mum of two young girls, one of whom is also autistic; Twitter enthusiast; dog lover, cat slave; living in rural Scotland. Interests include autism and mental health, autism advocacy and legislation, autistic parenting and making people laugh, probably in an autism-related way.

Robyn Steward

Robyn Steward

Robyn Steward was diagnosed as Autistic at age 11. Now in her 30’s she has had 2 books published by Jessica Kingsley publishers (JKP); The Autism friendly guide to periods, and the Independent Woman’s Handbook for super safe living on the Autistic spectrum. Robyn has spoken and delivered training in the UK and internationally, she provides CPD accredited courses. She mostly works with schools, local authorities and adult social care providers. Robyn is a musician performing regularly with a diverse range of projects as well as solo. Additionally, Robyn co hosts a BBC podcast “1800 seconds on autism”, she hosts the autism journal podcast.

Zaffy Simone

Zaffy Simone

Zaffy was diagnosed at 39yrs old, lives with his partner in Nottinghamshire. Zaffy has put a lot of energy into learning how to manage a very sensitive nervous and sensory system. Zaffy uses his art to give visual representation to his experiences as well as openly discussing his personal journey. His aim is to help others, using his art and cartoons to raise awareness, increase understanding and acceptance of autistic people. Zaffy trains staff and parent groups, offers face to face an email consultation and works as a mentor and advocate with autistic people.

Assistance Cards

There are a number of options to consider, we have selected just a few here below:

 

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower

Sunflower

Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower discreetly indicates to people around the wearer including staff, colleagues and health professionals that they need additional support, help or a little more time. Since its launch in 2016, it has now been adopted globally by major airports and venues and in the UK, by many supermarkets, railway and coach stations, leisure facilities, the NHS, a number of police, fire and ambulance services, and an increasing number of small and large businesses and organisations. Small charge.

Visit website

The National Autistic (NAS) Alert Card

NAS

This card is a way for you to let people know you are autistic and that you may need some extra time or help in certain situations. Small charge.

Visit website

Arrivabus – Journey Assistance Cards

Arrivabus

Journey assistance cards may make it easier for people with disabilities to travel. The card discreetly indicates to drivers that you may need additional support, help or a little more time. Free to download.

Visit website

Resources and Useful Links

Autism Bucks provides links to other websites through this website which are not under our control. Autism Bucks does not maintain or control these sites and accordingly make no guarantee concerning the reliability, availability or accuracy, of the information found there.

It is recommended that you always check with providers that their service or organisation meets your requirements. Autism Bucks offers an impartial information and signposting service but cannot recommend or endorse any providers listed.

 

Support & Advice...Plus

Care and Advice (Buckinghamshire Council)

Provides a directory of information, advice and services across Buckinghamshire.


Website: Click here


Buckinghamshire Council Autism Tool Kit

Autism Toolbox brings together advice, local support, services and resources for parents and carers of autistic children.


Website: Click here


Carers Bucks

Supports unpaid carers and young carers in Buckinghamshire aged 5 - 95+. Providing advice, information, emotional support and workshops and training.


Email: mail@carersbucks.org

Tel: 0300 777 2722

Website: Click here


The National Autistic Society

Provides a comprehensive resource and directory of support, information and services for autistic people and their families.


Email: nas@nas.org.uk

Tel: 0207 8332299

Website: Click here


NAS Aylesbury Branch

Provides activities for autistic children, adults and families.


Email: AylesburyVale@nas.org.uk


NAS South Bucks Branch

Local support group aiming to inform and help local parents and carers by: publishing a newsletter; running a club for school aged children; organising regular family activities; liaising with local services and raising awareness.


Email: Southbucks@nas.org.uk


GRASPS Bucks (Greater Resources for Autistic/Asperger's children Supporting siblings and Parents)

Supporting families. Meetings in Aylesbury and North Buckinghamshire.


Email: contactgrasp@gmail.com

Tel: 01296 486995


SPACE Support Chesham

Provide support, advice and information, in Chesham & South Bucks, to parents and carers of children with ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder & Challenging Behaviour.


Email: spacechesham@aol.com

Website: Click here


FACT Bucks (Families And Carers Together in Buckinghamshire)

FACT is a group of parents and professionals who meet to discuss real issues that affect children and young people with additional needs and disabilities in Buckinghamshire


Email: admin@factbucks.org.uk

Website: Click here


Clearly Speaking

Provide help and advice and services to parents and families (with autistic children and those with ADHD, Dyslexia and Torrettes)


Email: info@clearlyspeaking.org.uk

Tel: 01280 824871

Website: Click here



Education, Supported Employment & Volunteering...Plus

Talkback

Offer a range of services to autistic adults, including further education, support through transition to adulthood, supported employment and performance arts and sports.


Email: talkback@talkback-uk.com

Tel: 01494 434448

Website: Click here


Lindengate - Social & Therapeutic Horticulture

Lindengate is a Buckinghamshire-based registered charity that offers specialised gardening, art & craft, cooking and construction activities to help those with mental health needs in their continuing recovery. Group or one to one support or volunteer opportunities.


Email: info@lindengate.org.uk

Tel: 01296 622443

Website: Click here


Road Farm Countryways

Provides meaningful activities through farming to all ages and circumstances. Also offer volunteering opportunities


Email: chalkdell.roadfarm@gmail.com

Tel: 01494 862413

Website: Click here


Community Impact Bucks

Offers volunteering opportunities


Email: info@communityimpactbucks.org.uk

Tel: 0300 1111250

Website: Click here


Vana Trust Farm

Provides activities on a working farm for autistic people. Also volunteering opportunities.


Email: info@vanatrust.org.uk

Tel: 01844 237146

Website: Click here


Sunnyside Rural Trust

Offers training and work experience through rural activities as well as volunteering opportunities


Tel: 01442 863364

Website: Click here


Workaid

Offers volunteering opportunities either in the main workshop or the Hub.


Email: admin@workaid.org

Tel: 01494 775220

Website: Click here


Animal Antiks

Offer activities through animal assisted learning to autistic people of all ages. Also provide volunteering opportunities.


Email: animalantiks@yahoo.co.uk

Tel: 01296 670996

Website: Click here


Back2Base (Buckinghamshire Council)

Provides supported employment services for a wide range of support needs to autistic adults.


Email: back2base@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Tel: 07932742267

Website: Click here



Social & Activities...Plus

Petite Ponies

Welcome to miniature pony heaven, a special place near Milton Keynes. Where animals help support, develop and entertain. We offer a wide range of tailored sessions and activities depending on your personal, family, students, team or clients needs. The emotional and physical benefits of being around horses and other animals are well-established. Research shows that spending time with animals can have a direct calming positive influence.


Email: petiteponies@btopenworld.com

Tel: 07743 889545

Website: Click here


Innovations Social Enterprise

Support and training for autistic people through social, enterprise and vocational pathways.


Email: info@innovations-wow.com

Tel: 07714664716 or 07846338153

Website: Click here


Thomley Activity Centre

Offers fun activities for all ages and abilities.


Email: enquiries@thomley.org.uk

Tel: 01844 338380

Website: Click here


Horsewyse

Is an equine riding and facilitated learning centre for all ages and abilities


Email: horsewyse@btinternet.com

Tel: 018440202966

Website: Click here


Horses Helping People

Provide therapeutic horsemanship and equine facilitated learning for the whole community.


Email: info@horseshelpingpeople.co.uk

Tel: 01525 377688 or 07815547668

Website: Click here


The Theatre Shed

Inclusive inspiring theatre company for all abilities, based in Chesham


Email: admin@thetheatreshed.co.uk

Tel: 07952461344

Website: Click here


Queens Park Arts Centre Aylesbury

"arts for all" offering the local community access to creative and performing arts. For example, Jigsaw Theatre Company providing performing arts education and experience for people with disabilities.


Email: info@qpc.org

Tel: 01296 424332

Website: Click here


Chiltern Music Therapy

Offers specialised and person centred music therapy to adults, young adults and children with a range of disabilities and support needs.


Email: info@chilternmusictherapy.co.uk

Tel: 01442 780541

Website: Click here


Cineworld

Offer autism friendly screenings. Some key differences are: Lighting will be kept on during the screening. Volume levels will be reduced. There will be no advertisements or trailers. Seating will not be allocated. Customers will be allowed to bring in their own food.


Website: Click here


Soundabout

Provides community music sessions specifically designed for people with learning difficulties including autistic people.


Email: info@soundabout.org.uk

Tel: 01235 797474

Website: Click here


Thames Valley Adventure Playground - Taplow

Provide a range of adventurous, therapeutic and educational play activities in a safe, caring and stimulating environment, catering for both children and adults with all types of disabilities.


Email: theplaground@tvap.co.uk

Tel: 01628 628599

Website: Click here


Social Link

Provide an arena for young adults to develop a social network and gain support from peers. Promotes independent living and the basic skills associated with this


Email: victoriaf@sociallink.org.uk

Tel: 01494 474449

Website: Click here


Dead Universe Comics - Gaming Club


Email: deaduniversecomics@hotmail.co.uk

Tel: 07852 836 307

Website: Click here


Breaking Barriers

Disability and exercise training, includes support to autistic adults.


Email: breakingbarrierspt@outlook.com

Tel: Joe on 07581039611


Turtle Key Arts - Key Club Bucks

Creative arts club for autistic young people (18-26). Held at the Hub, High Wycombe


Email: ruth@turtlekeyarts.org.uk

Website: Click here



Other Interesting Websites...Plus

Steph's Two Girls

Family life with two girls, with autism, fun site with lots of helpful information on Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)


Website: Click here


Autistic & Unapologetic

An autism awareness site founded by one lad (James Sinclair) on a journey to find out what makes him autistic.


Website: Click here


ADHD Foundation

The ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity is an integrated health and education service offering a unique lifespan - strength based service, for the 1 in 5 people who live with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Torrettes syndrome.


Website: Click here


The Dyslexia Foundation

The Dyslexia foundation was set up in 1999 to support Dyslexic people, focusing on those who needed practical support and information in an accessible format.


Website: Click here


Dyspraxia Foundation

The Dyspraxia Foundation is committed to making the teaching and medical professions more aware of dyspraxia; and to spread understanding of how those who have the condition can be helped.


Website: Click here


Ambitious About Autism

Supports autistic children and young people; run specialist education services, employment programme. Also deliver training and consultancy to a wide range of organisations to improve awareness and understanding of autism.


Website: Click here


Autistica

National research autism charity. Funding research, shaping policy and working with autistic people to understand their needs.


Website: Click here


Autism Research Centre

Brings together scientists from the University of Cambridge conducting research into the causes of and interventions for autism.


Website: Click here


Autism Research Trust

Fund research to understand the causes of autism, improve diagnosis and explore interventions to ensure that autistic people receive the best possible support.


Website: Click here


National Association for Special Educational Needs

A charitable membership organisation that exists to support and champion those working with, and for, children and young people with SEND and learning differences.


Website: Click here


Neuro Diverse Self Advocacy

Advocacy by neurodivergent people for neurodivergent people; self-advocacy and peer to peer support network.


Website: Click here



National Strategy and Guidance

A number of Acts of Parliament contain laws relating to autism and autistic people. Statutory guidance based on the requirements of the laws is published by the Government and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

 

How Can You Help Us?

Autism Bucks is an independent registered charity working to improve the lives of autistic people and raise awareness of autism in the Buckinghamshire community.

Donations of any size are very much appreciated and 100% of all the donations we receive go to funding the charity, its operation, and programmes.

Please note that currently Autism Bucks is unable to claim Gift Aid on any donations.

 

What we need...Plus

Autism Bucks relies on the support of individuals, community groups, local businesses, and other organisations to fund our much-needed work. Your contribution really does make a difference:

  • £5 can fund a virtual members social meeting on-line
  • £50 can fund an actual members social meeting at a suitably calm venue
  • £100 can fund an inspirational guest speaker, as we have used for our recent awareness programme
  • £150 can fund an awareness campaign like the one we are running in Spring 2021, targeting 90 supermarkets within Buckinghamshire to improve understanding of autism and the experience of autistic shoppers

Volunteering...Plus

Donations of time are always a fantastic way to support Autism Bucks. We rely on volunteers to help deliver our services. For more information about volunteering, please click here (link to recruitment/volunteering)

This is an exciting time to join the team at Autism Bucks as we develop and implement plans to realise our ambition to inspire, inform and involve autistic people and their families and to improve understanding of autism to the wider population.

Volunteers are vital to our work at Autism Bucks helping us to achieve what we have set out to do.

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Become a Trustee...Plus

This is an exciting time to join the team at Autism Bucks as we develop and implement plans to realise our ambition to inspire, inform and involve autistic people and their families and to improve understanding of autism to the wider population

If you are interested in joining our team as a Trustee please contact us for a chat in the first instance.

We will want to understand your expectations and availability and may ask you to attend an informal interview.

All trustees are subject to vetting and we run DBS checks as a matter of policy.


Donations through Partners...Plus

Go Fund Me

Go Fund Me

You can make a direct donation, via our Autism Bucks GoFundMe page: GO Fund Me – Autism Bucks (or click the logo)


CAF

Charities Aid Foundation

You can also donate via the Charities Aid Foundation (click the logo for the link).


Amazon

Raise Funds When You Shop Online

You can also raise funds for Autism Bucks when shopping via Amazon. Simply register at AmazonSmile and choose Autism Bucks as your charity. This costs you nothing to register and adds nothing to the cost of your shopping. To register, please click on the logo, below.


TGM

The Giving Machine

Register with The Giving Machine and nominate us a charity. Through them you can shop at 100’s of retailers in the high street and on-line. You shop and we receive money at no extra cost to you! Click on the logo to go to The Giving Machine and find out how to register and nominate us as your chosen charity.


Bucklott

Community Lotteries

Support Autism Bucks by taking part in the Buckinghamshire Lottery and you could win up to £25,000. To sign up, please click the logo below.



Direct Donations...Plus

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Legacy Gifts

Legacy gifts can be a very effective way of donating to charity. A bequest of any size to Autism Bucks will help make a difference. To find out more about leaving a gift to Autism Bucks in your will or making a donation in memory of someone who has recently passed, please contact us at liam image


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Set up a Standing Order

Standing Orders are a way of making regular gift payments, which help Autism Bucks to plan delivery of sustainable services. To set-up a Standing Order please contact us via liam image.


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By Cheque

Or you can post us a cheque made payable to Autism Bucks using this address:

Autism Bucks
117 Chapel Lane
HIGH WYCOMBE
Buckinghamshire
HP12 4BY


Please Join Us

We would love you to become a Member of the Autism Bucks charity. It'll cost you nothing to join, and you'll become part of our Group with access to whatever you need by way of information and interaction with other people who understand.

Below you'll see details of our Group meetings which have been extremely popular and which, thanks to Zoom, we were able to continue during the lockdown. As a Member you get the chance to guide our Charity by talking with the Trustees and attending our Annual General Meeting.

If this sounds interesting please complete the form below and press Submit. Someone will be in touch with you very soon.

 

About our Meetings...Plus

There are two adult social groups, one in Aylesbury and one in High Wycombe.

Meetings are every:

  • Second Wednesday of the month 11am -12noon and
  • Fourth Wednesday of the month 6.30pm-8pm

To join us or find out more e-mail liam image

We meet and share our experiences, successes and frustrations. Sometimes we will talk about a particular aspect of autism, or current affairs. Occasionally we will have guest speakers, or will go on an organised visit – for example, we went on an autism-friendly tour of the Paralympic Museum.

When we meet there are usually one or more trustees or volunteers who facilitate the meeting and provide moderation where required.

You have the option to..

  • Just sit and listen
  • Make suggestions as to what you want from the group
  • Engage in activities, if you wish to

Ground Rules...Plus

Social Group Guidelines: For our social meetings we have adopted the following code of conduct. It has been developed through consultation with our members.

Guidelines


Member Feedback...Plus

“The group was one place where I felt like I did belong and was understood. Overtime this has helped enormously in getting to grips with my diagnosis – what it means and doesn’t mean – and taking steps towards accepting myself as I am”

“…of the various groups I have joined over the years, it is the first one where I have developed solid friendships with people who I now see outside of group activities”

“There is very little support for autistic adults locally, so these groups are a real lifeline for me and, I am sure, many of the others who attend”

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Bananas for Justice

Why are bananas curved and yellow, 02-Aug-2021

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The Trees are Green

How do we know what colour the trees are, 01-Aug-2021

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Cats vs Dogs

Which is man's Best Friend, 30-Jul-2021

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About Us

Autism Bucks was founded in 2018 by a small group of like-minded people passionate about Autism. In 2019 Autism Bucks gained charity status and as such operates within its constitution and in line with the guidelines and regulations set out by the Charity Commission.

Autism Bucks is led by a board of trustees and its work supported by a team of volunteers. Its membership is made up of autistic adults, carers and family members and professionals with an interest in autism.


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Who We Are

Autism Bucks was founded in 2018 by a small group of like-minded people passionate about Autism. In 2019 Autism Bucks gained charity status and as such operates within its constitution and in line with the guidelines and regulations set out by the Charity Commission.

Autism Bucks is led by a board of trustees and its work supported by a team of volunteers. Its membership is made up of autistic adults, carers and family members and professionals with an interest in autism.

Please scroll down for a quick introduction to the current Board of Trustees

 

Trustee Meetings & AGM...Plus

The board of trustees meet monthly to monitor and direct the activities of the charity. The members are canvassed on a regular basis so that their needs and views are captured and used in shaping the work of the charity to better support them and the wider community.

All major decisions are made in accordance with our constitution and agreed by vote at the trustee meetings and any changes in constitution are presented and agreed at the AGM by a show of hands by those present. The AGM is held in the summer each year with members attending.

A copy of the reports and accounts presented at the last AGM:

Autism Bucks AGM Report July 2021: [Read Here]

Autism Bucks AGM 2021 Minutes: [Read Here]

Autism Bucks Examiners Report 2021 : [Read Here]


Governance Model...Plus

Our governance model includes a hierarchy of components:

  • The Autism Bucks Charity Constitution
  • The Charity Governance Code for Smaller Charities

And a range of policies, including:

  • Data Protection
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Complaints
  • Confidentiality
  • Health and Safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Child Protection

A full list and copies of the policies are available on request.


Meet the Trustees: Plus

Martin Hollett [Treasurer]

TrusteeI became a trustee of Autism Bucks early in 2018 after taking early retirement and have since been involved in governance documentation and procedures, fundraising and grant applications, website administration and communications. I have been the Treasurer since January 2020 and I am enjoying the challenges of this new role. Prior to joining Autism Bucks I worked in IT, more recently in service governance and business management processes. I also continue to be involved in a variety of community organisations with an emphasis on event and risk management, and charitable fundraising activities.

Paula Strawbridge [Trustee]

TrusteeI am a Registered Learning Disability Nurse and have worked in the Community in Buckinghamshire for over 30 years. Since semi-retirement I have continued to work with the Community Learning Disability Team and as a Clinical Expert for Care and Treatment Reviews for autistic people and people with learning disabilities that are in hospital environments. I am passionate about supporting people to ensure they are able to access the best and most appropriate support in their communities.

Neil Cary [Digital Lead]

TrusteeI joined the Board of Trustees in July 2021 as the Digital Lead with responsibility for our website and other social media. I've spent most of my career in telecommunications, delivering large business transformation programmes in many parts of the world. I'm a "nerd" who enjoys building websites (or anything to do with coding), and I hope I can use these skills to make the work of this Charity more visible and ever more relevant to its members.

Paulette Hunn Med(autism), BSc (Health & Social Care) [Operational]

TrusteeI have worked within health and social for over 30 years, in a range of environments such as residential care, supported living, day care and the community. In this time, I have worked with autistic adults for 20 years. I am passionate about raising awareness of autism and learning from autistic adults about their condition, as I believe you can never be an expert on autism. I'm a fun loving, compassionate person and I enjoy giving my time and energy to help autistic adults.

Sue Keating [Trustee]

TrusteeBefore retiring in 2018, I worked for Bucks County Council in the Adult Social Care Training & Development Team as Training Co-ordinator for over 10 years. I have seen how important it is to inform and engage with communities to raise the awareness of autism to enable us all to live in harmony. I am honoured to be able to offer my administrative skills to a wonderful charity such as Autism Bucks.

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