Charities 2024

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Age UK Bucks

Based in Aylesbury and working across the County, Age UK Bucks supports older residents to help them maintain their independence and well-being.  Age UK Bucks’ staff team and 240 volunteers support over 4,000 older Bucks residents who suffer loneliness and isolation, especially following the pandemic, who are hit hardest by the cost-of-living crisis, and where health and mobility challenges, digital exclusion and sensory loss can leave them marginalised with nowhere else to turn.

The charity provides a range of services including information and advice, supporting applications for welfare benefits, connecting people with local activities and groups, supporting independent living and the Age Friendly Bucks programme.

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Animal Antiks Charity

Animal Antiks, a care farm providing animal-assisted therapy for people of all ages, was established over a decade ago. Its focus is on reducing social isolation and mental health problems while members develop practical and social skills and build resilience and confidence. Activities include animal care, alpaca walks, cuddle clubs, a country club, and farm therapy.

Spending time in nature and with animals has been scientifically proven to promote good mental well-being, regulate anxiety, and relieve stress. Animals, being nonjudgmental listeners, make excellent confidants!

Members are referred through Adult Social Care, mental health services, or local support organisations. The experienced team works closely with members, supporting them with daily task achievements to help widen opportunities, expand experiences, and provide enjoyable and welcoming respite.

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Been There

Been There provides 1:1 peer support for people struggling with body image and eating disorders from a vetted and trained Mentor with lived experience of overcoming similar issues.

The charity’s ‘Been There’ app is a unique platform designed to support adults aged 18 and over who are struggling with body image issues. It connects users, with vetted and trained Mentors who have personal experience with similar challenges. The aim is to provide a safe space where Mentees can talk openly and honestly about their struggles with someone who truly understands and has been there themselves.

The app emphasises the importance of feeling understood and not alone in one’s struggles with body image. It aims to create positive improvements in users’ lives through active listening and empathetic support​.

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Brighter Futures Together

Brighter Futures Together is a charity dedicated to improving the mental health and well-being of young people. It operates a variety of projects aimed at supporting young individuals and their families, carers, and those working with youth.

Its initiatives include direct support projects, consultancy, and workforce training to enhance outcomes for children and young people.

Key projects include:

  • Boost Mental Health Project: This initiative works in partnership with the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s CAMHS to provide additional support to young people waiting for or accessing mental health services​.
  • My Social Action: A weekly group empowering young volunteers to engage in community projects​.
  • Thames Valley Neurodiversity Umbrella Project: A collaboration with the ADHD Foundation to promote neurodiversity in schools and businesses​.

Brighter Futures Together also provides consultancy services and specialised training for those involved in youth services, ensuring a broader impact on the mental health and well-being of young people across various sectors.

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Chilterns Neuro Centre

The Chilterns Neuro Centre is a charity based in Wendover, Aylesbury, which offers comprehensive support for people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, and stroke. Founded in 1985, the centre has expanded its services beyond MS to include support for Parkinson’s and stroke survivors​.

The centre provides a range of treatments and therapies, including:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Oxygen Treatment
  • Acupuncture
  • Exercise Classes
  • Pilates
  • Speech Therapy
  • Counselling
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Yoga

The centre also offers social and therapeutic leisure groups, ensuring a holistic approach to care​.

In addition to patient care, the Chilterns Neuro Centre offers support for carers and families, recognising the broader impact of neurological conditions on loved ones. It works in collaboration with other local care providers to ensure a comprehensive support system​.

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Lindengate is an award-winning mental health charity which provides social and therapeutic horticulture to people of all ages who want to improve their wellbeing.

Lindengate’s primary focus is on early intervention and prevention by providing support to people struggling with their mental health. The charity supports people with a wide range of mental health needs from people feeling in a low mood they cannot kick, to people managing a serious mental illness who need help to maintain their mental health.

Its Wellbeing programmes use social and therapeutic horticulture to help improve mental health by bringing people together, offering chances to learn new skills, boosting self-esteem and confidence, building resilience, and providing physical exercise in a beautiful, green, and calming space.

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Marlow Opportunity Playgroup

The Marlow Opportunity Playgroup provides early intervention for up to 30 pre-school children (0-5 years) who have a range of challenging health conditions.

The objective is to help prepare children for either a special needs ‘next step’ – or in some cases acceptance – into mainstream education. It provides a range of development opportunities as part of the individual Education, Health and Care Plans created for each child, usually involving input from medical professionals, education specialists and parents. In doing so the charity provides significant support to parents who are often struggling to come to terms with a totally unexpected and unwanted set of circumstances.

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Plunkett UK

Plunkett is a national charity which supports rural communities to set up and run a wide range of businesses in community ownership, contributing to a vision for resilient, thriving and inclusive communities throughout the UK.

Its role is to raise awareness of the community ownership model, provide practical business support and training to people setting up and running community businesses, and create a positive environment for them to thrive through research and public affairs.

In the last 20 years, Plunkett has supported the creation of over 800 community businesses ranging from village shops, pubs, and cafes, through to woodlands, fisheries, and farms. Once trading, they become the beating heats of the communities they serve, and seek to benefit the entire community, not just their members.

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The Theatre Shed

The Theatre Shed is an inclusive theatre company offering expertly guided Performing Arts workshops in the heart of Chesham and Amersham. The charity’s diverse performers who are aged six to 18+yrs, represent disabled, non-disabled and neurodivergent communities.

The Theatre Shed’s projects aim to support social, emotional, and creative skill development through performance and its inclusive company represents an all-encompassing cross section of the community.

Its member-led process empowers individuals to embrace their unique voices, fostering confidence and self-expression.

The Theatre Shed nurtures inquisitive, imaginative, and bold talents. 70% of the people currently involved in The Theatre Shed have a disability and 10% of the people currently involved in The Theatre Shed are on a full or part bursary place due to financial difficulty.

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Youth Concern

Youth Concern is a charity dedicated to supporting vulnerable young people aged 13-25 in Aylesbury Vale. The organisation offers a range of services designed to address various challenges faced by youth, including homelessness, mental health issues, and unemployment.

Its key services include drop-in centres, counselling services, emergency overnight accommodation for young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, supported housing providing up to 18 months of accommodation and support to help young people transition to independent living, employment and education support, and help for young people dealing with substance misuse issues and promoting sexual health awareness.

Youth Concern’s holistic service delivers real benefits for young people with multiple needs and ensures that young people are supported at their own pace and on their own terms.

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