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Back2Base Supported Employment

What is Back2Base We help people with learning difficulties, mental health concerns and disabilities find paid employment. We believe that with the right support everyone can have a paid job. We work with you to identify your skills and help you find suitable employment. We…
Buckinghamshire

Back2Base Supported Employment

What is Back2Base

We help people with learning difficulties, mental health concerns and disabilities find paid employment. We believe that with the right support everyone can have a paid job. We work with you to identify your skills and help you find suitable employment. We can also support you and your colleagues when you are working.

  • Individual focus – identifying aspirations and talents

  • Long-term commitment - ongoing support at work

  • Adaptable support - your needs are considered

  • Social inclusion - you will be fully integrated with your colleagues

  • Community employers - jobs with ordinary employers

  • Worthwhile jobs - jobs are real and valued by the company

  • Terms of employment - equal wages, working conditions, promotion possibilities and general terms of employment

 

Individuals

Each client has a named employment worker who will support the client for the majority of time. This helps to build trust and confidence. All meetings are individual, not in groups. Occasionally, optional group courses and training sessions are offered.

 

Employers

We welcome employment or placements that give our clients with disabilities the chance to experience work and financial independence.

Benefits:

  • Wider range of skills and experiences can create new opportunities

  • Keeps you in touch with the needs of your customers and suppliers

  • Adjustments made to assist a person with disabilities often benefit other employees and customers

  • Demonstrates your business is committed to equal opportunities and social inclusion

 

We provide for free:

  • Access to available and committed employees

  • Support through regular visits and reviews

  • Assistance for our candidates in the recruitment process

  • Information and advice on the Disability Discrimination Act

 

Referral

Back2Base is a service offered by Buckinghamshire Council. The majority of our clients are referred by either a social worker or by a mental health worker from the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust Mental Health service. Please discuss your interest in Back2Base with your social worker or by a mental health worker.

However, if you do not currently have a social worker or by a mental health worker, please call Back2Base to ask about being referred.

Who to contact

Contact Name
James Alford
Contact Position
Service Manager
Telephone
E-mail
back2base@buckinghamshire.gov.uk
Parent Organisation
Buckinghamshire Council | Walton Street Offices (Aylesbury, Access Plus)

Where to go

Name
Back2Base is a mobile service. We meet and support our clients in their workplace, local council offices or in the local community in cafes, libraries or other public places where the client feels at ease and comfortable.
Address
Buckinghamshire
Geographic Area Covered
County wide across Buckinghamshire.

Time / Date Details

Session Information
The duration and frequency of sessions is adapted to suit the current needs of the individual client. Typically, meetings last up to two hours, once a week. However, this does vary.
Most sessions are held between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday. However, where appropriate, support is provided outside of these hours and at the weekends.

Other Details

Cost Description

Referrals made by a social worker or mental health worker that meet the requirements of the Care Act are generally free. Other referrals currently incur a cost.

Age Ranges
18 and upwards. Younger clients may be supported
with agreement.

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

For referrals, please contact Back2Base. Referrals made by a social worker or mental health worker that meet the requirements of the Care Act are generally free. Other referrals currently incur a cost.

Talkback Employability

Coronavirus status: OPEN ONLINE
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update  Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on 4 January 2021, the UK entered a new national lockdown. We regret to announce that our building-based services are currently closed. Talkback will continue to operate a full virtual service to its students and…
Talkback, Unit AGatehouse CloseGatehouse Industrial AreaAylesburyBuckinghamshireHP19 8DP

Talkback Employability

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update 

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on 4 January 2021, the UK entered a new national lockdown. We regret to announce that our building-based services are currently closed.

Talkback will continue to operate a full virtual service to its students and members. Details of these will be communicated on our social media sites over the coming days.

Stay safe everyone. We are still here for you.

Talkback’s Supported Employment solutions are based on over 20 years’ experience of enabling people with a learning disability or autism to develop and use their skills to enhance their quality of life. This is based on facilitating self-advocacy and building both self-confidence and self-esteem. We want people to be as independent as they are able or want to be. Talkback is about choice, opportunity, and respect for all people with a learning disability or autism. We want the same opportunity for everyone and to create a solution that is cost-neutral for the council.

The aim of Supported Employment is to work with individuals to support them into successful paid employment of their choice. We want people with a learning disability or autism to feel valued and respected in the workplace and to have the same opportunities as everyone else.

The process of getting someone into employment demands high levels of intervention and support in year 1, with a gradual lessening of support over years 2 and 3. Often, an established person with a learning disability or autism in paid employment has unique skills that are of great benefit for many employers.

As well as skills training and work experience opportunities, which prepare our members for the world of work, we have connections with several employers to offer paid, supported work to those who want it. We currently have several members in paid employment, including working at Marks and Spencer, and Sainsbury’s. Paid employment not only gives people financial independence, but it also allows them to grow in confidence and self-esteem. It helps expand social circles and to make them feel an integral part of their community.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Chris Taylor
Contact Position
Head of Supported Development
Telephone
E-mail
talkback@talkback-uk.com
Website
Talkback UK
Parent Organisation
Talkback Your Voice – Supporting Professionals Engagement Service

Where to go

Address
Talkback, Unit A
Gatehouse Close
Gatehouse Industrial Area
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP19 8DP
Geographic Area Covered
Buckinghamshire

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Contact for more information

Other Details

Autus by The Hao2 Foundation

Coronavirus status: OPEN
Autus is a small charity. Autus create exciting opportunities for growth, learning and work for young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions. Using innovative and engaging virtual environment we offer a range of programmes and activities. These help build confidence and develop social communication, digital and…
Buckinghamshire

Autus by The Hao2 Foundation

Autus is a small charity. Autus create exciting opportunities for growth, learning and work for young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions.

Using innovative and engaging virtual environment we offer a range of programmes and activities. These help build confidence and develop social communication, digital and employability skills.

Our trustees and volunteers are passionate about working with young people. They aim to drive change for people with autism spectrum and other complex conditions to:

  • raise awareness of their needs and innovative ways to more effectively meet them.

  • increase access to and participation in relevant learning.

  • create exciting employment opportunities through partnerships with socially responsible employers.

Autus is the working name for the Hao2 EU Foundation. ‘Autus’ is a Latin word and means growth, increase or enlarge.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Tim Carrington
Contact Position
Charity Secretary
Telephone
E-mail
info@autus.org.uk
Website
Autus: The Hao2 Foundation

Where to go

Name
Postal Address only, 12, Avenue South, Surbiton KT5 8PJ
Address
Buckinghamshire
Venue Notes

Our courses are predominantly accessed from a home connection and participants need to have access to a multimedia PC and basic IT skills including elementary knowledge of how to use email, the internet and instant messaging chat. If these are barriers to access, we can work with individuals to identify local community centres that can help them overcome these barriers to participation by creating local digital access points.

 

Geographic Area Covered
England

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday | 9am to 5pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning

Other Details

Cost Description

See website for details

Age Ranges
14 to 25 and adults

Talkback | Equip to Learn

Coronavirus status: OPEN ONLINE
The Equip to Learn programme works in partnership with local colleges to ensure that young people with autism or another learning disability are keeping up to speed with the curriculum and learning vital life skills. Equip also gives individuals a safe space to join in,…
Talkback, Unit AGatehouse CloseGatehouse Industrial AreaAylesburyBuckinghamshireHP19 8DP

Talkback | Equip to Learn

The Equip to Learn programme works in partnership with local colleges to ensure that young people with autism or another learning disability are keeping up to speed with the curriculum and learning vital life skills. Equip also gives individuals a safe space to join in, socialise and form friendships. As part of this programme members can take part in activities like arts and crafts and creative media sessions, as well as other new interests. There’s also the chance for members to undertake a work experience placement, such as horticultural work at the Green Dragon Eco Farm, or retail work at Sainsbury’s. Here, our members learn the skills required for working life and build the foundations for finding paid work in the future.

The Equip to Learn programme provides individual learning packages based on a student’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) Outcomes. Through the transitions process where we are helping move from school to college discussions are held with the student, family and other professionals. An individual programme is created for each learner, encompassing educational (college), vocational (work experience) and social learning (social groups/opportunities).

Students are encouraged to work together and share skills. Team building activities are included in the provision to help develop relationships and friendships. This has led to students meeting in their own social time.

 

Who to contact

Telephone
E-mail
talkback@talkback-uk.com
Website
Talkback UK
Parent Organisation
Talkback Your Voice – Supporting Professionals Engagement Service

Where to go

Name
Talkback
Address
Talkback, Unit A
Gatehouse Close
Gatehouse Industrial Area
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP19 8DP
Geographic Area Covered
Buckinghamshire

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Term time
Session Information
Contact for more information

Other Details

Age Ranges
Young People with a learning disability and/or autism

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Referral required from

 

Access to Work Programme | Assistance for those with a Disability

If you’re disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your job, you can: talk to your employer about changes they must make in your workplace get extra help from Access to Work, including mental health…
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Access to Work Programme | Assistance for those with a Disability

If you’re disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your job, you can:

  • talk to your employer about changes they must make in your workplace
  • get extra help from Access to Work, including mental health support

Apply

Check you’re eligible before you apply.

You can apply for Access to Work online or by phone.

You’ll need to provide:

  • your workplace address and postcode
  • the name of a workplace contact who can authorise your Access to Work payments
  • your workplace contact’s email address or work phone number
  • your unique tax reference number (if you’re self-employed)

You’ll also need to explain:

  • how your condition affects you at work or getting to work
  • what help you’re already getting
  • what else could help you

It will help your application if you’ve spoken to your employer about reasonable adjustments before you apply for Access to Work.

Talk to your employer about changes they must make in your workplace

Your employer must make certain changes (known as ‘reasonable adjustments’) to make sure you’re not substantially disadvantaged when doing your job. These could include changing your working hours or providing equipment to help you do your job.

You should talk to your employer about reasonable adjustments before you apply for Access to Work.

Get help from Access to Work

If the help you need at work is not covered by your employer making reasonable adjustments, you may be able to get help from Access to Work.

You need to have a paid job, or be about to start or return to one.

You’ll be offered support based on your needs, which may include a grant to help cover the costs of practical support in the workplace.

An Access to Work grant can pay for:

  • special equipment, adaptations or support worker services to help you do things like answer the phone or go to meetings
  • help getting to and from work

You might not get a grant if you already get certain benefits.

The money does not have to be paid back and will not affect your other benefits.

There’s a different system in Northern Ireland.

Get mental health support

You can apply for Access to Work to get mental health support, or contact a Mental Health Support Service provider directly

Who to contact

Telephone
E-mail
atwosu.london@dwp.gov.uk
Website
Access to Work

Where to go

Name
GOV.UK
Address
Nationwide

Other Details

Cost Description

Free

Age Ranges
16 years and above

Toolshed Bucks

At ToolShed we support young people aged 16 to 24 in their self-development, training, education and employment so that they are able to become positive role models in the community and inspire other young people to take charge of their lives.   ToolShed offers a free Level 1…
Bakers House41 Baker StreetHigh WycombeBuckinghamshireHP11 2RX

Toolshed Bucks

At ToolShed we support young people aged 16 to 24 in their self-development, training, education and employment so that they are able to become positive role models in the community and inspire other young people to take charge of their lives.  

ToolShed offers a free Level 1 Multi-skills qualification in carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, tiling and functional skills in Maths and English.

Courses start September. Please contact ToolShed for further information on the course. 01494 436 642

Who to contact

Contact Name
Marcus Gale
Contact Position
Centre Manager
Telephone
E-mail
info@toolshedbucks.co.uk
Website
Toolshed Bucks

Where to go

Name
ToolShed
Address
Bakers House
41 Baker Street
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP11 2RX
Venue Notes

The workshop is only a five minute walk from High Wycombe Bus Station.  Parking available near by.

Geographic Area Covered
Buckinghamshire

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Office opening times 8:30am to 3:30pm. Workshop training centre open from 9am to 3:30pm.
Session Information
The new multi-skills construction course will commence from September.

Other Details

Cost Description

This course is free to students

Age Ranges
16 to 24 year olds

Independent and Work Ready CIC | Website

Coronavirus status: OPEN
Independent and Work Ready is a not for profit CIC organisation and website helping those with learning difficulties or disabilities get work ready and independent. We recently gained funding some of which has come from the National Lottery and the government. We are offering virtual work…
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Independent and Work Ready CIC | Website

Independent and Work Ready is a not for profit CIC organisation and website helping those with learning difficulties or disabilities get work ready and independent.

We recently gained funding some of which has come from the National Lottery and the government. We are offering virtual work placements where individuals with SEND contribute to our website, build a creative retail social hub, design and sell products using digital skills, art or photography, take part in social activities and build real life work skills working for IWR.   In time we will attend events retailing items but for now have an online shop. We also do work with tablets developing digital skills and creativity. 

The site offers an easy to use source of information on adult life topics relevant to disability such as disability and work, volunteering, benefits, housing, health both physical and mental health, relationships, disability parenting, technology, education, clothing, life skill topics like understanding finance, literacy, politics, the law, disability and leisure, sport, tourism and much more. It is designed as an easy to use self-directed learning tool.

It includes information on specific disabilities such as Dyslexia, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Autism, ADHD, Sensory Disabilities, Physical disabilities like Cerebral Palsy, mental health and more. 

The site intends to become not just a life skill learning tool but jobs and volunteering board showing inclusive employers. It also intended to offer disability mentoring and employability support run for and by those with disabilities. We also will be looking to run enterprise workshop activities, craft, photography  and retail related as well as digital and life skill activities for those with a learning disability, autism or other disabilities.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Karen
Contact Position
Director
Telephone
E-mail
independentandworkready@gmail.com
Website
Independent and Work Ready
Notes

If you would like to get involved such as in some work experience please send your CV to independentandworkready@gmail.com You need to be over 16/working age. We work with all abilities from entry level.  

Where to go

Address
Nationwide
Geographic Area Covered
Online Directory

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Website
Session Information
All week online

Other Details

Cost Description

Work experience is free other services £3 to £5 a session 

Age Ranges
16 and over

Senploy | Dedicated SEND Job Board

Coronavirus status: OPEN
Are you are a parent or carer that is looking for a Personal Assistant (PA), one to one support or more long-term assistance – Senploy is the right place to advertise for those individuals for free. Here at Senploy, the UK’s only job website for…
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Senploy | Dedicated SEND Job Board

Are you are a parent or carer that is looking for a Personal Assistant (PA), one to one support or more long-term assistance – Senploy is the right place to advertise for those individuals for free.

Here at Senploy, the UK’s only job website for the careers in SEND, we are already working hard to transform lives by bringing together talented, compassionate and caring individuals and matching those with schools, charities or families that need their skills. Our mission is to save you precious time, energy and stress – that’s at the heart of our company.

To start your search, please visit our website. We're here to help if you get stuck.

Hopefully, Senploy will enable you to find the support you need. Senploy is a venue only site, which means that we don’t carry out checks of individuals. Please read our terms and conditions on the Senploy website, for further details.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Amy Allen
Contact Position
Director
Telephone
E-mail
amy@senploy.co.uk
Website
Senploy Advertise

Where to go

Name
Head Office: Job Sentral Ltd, 71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9JQ
Address
Nationwide

Other Details

Cost Description

Use the coupon code 10FREE to advertise for free and find your perfect SEND support. 

Select ‘Basic Package’ for £10, fill in your details, then select ‘invoice’ in the payment method box. You can then redeem your coupon on the next page.

Age Ranges
Ages 18 plus

Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK campaign in parliament on behalf of all disabled people in areas including: Increasing opportunities in education and employment. Changing attitudes to disability. Independent living – getting a life. Disability Rights UK sell the RADAR accessible toilet key and the leading guide to…
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Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK campaign in parliament on behalf of all disabled people in areas including:

  • Increasing opportunities in education and employment.
  • Changing attitudes to disability.
  • Independent living – getting a life.

Disability Rights UK sell the RADAR accessible toilet key and the leading guide to benefits and rights – The Disability Rights Handbook. These can be purchased from their online Shop.


To help disabled people understand the benefits system they have produced a number of factsheets that can be downloaded for free from their website.

Who to contact

Telephone
E-mail
enquiries@disabilityrightsuk.org
Website
DisabilityRightsUK.org
Notes

Registered charity number: 1138585

Where to go

Address
Nationwide
Geographic Area Covered
National Charity

Other Details

Supported Internships with Buckinghamshire Adult Learning | 2021 to 2022 Programme

Coronavirus status: OPEN ONLINE
The Buckinghamshire Adult Learning Supported Internship is a partnership venture which prepares young people with disabilities for competitive employment. We provide young people a springboard from education into the world of work, the supported internship is bespoke for each intern and is designed to develop…
Buckinghamshire

Supported Internships with Buckinghamshire Adult Learning | 2021 to 2022 Programme

The Buckinghamshire Adult Learning Supported Internship is a partnership venture which prepares young people with disabilities for competitive employment.

We provide young people a springboard from education into the world of work, the supported internship is bespoke for each intern and is designed to develop transferable skills, knowledge and attitudes in preparation for paid employment. Through specialist training and direct work placements, interns will develop employability skills, self-confidence and job-specific skills, whilst working alongside employees in a real employment setting. We are now recruiting for 10 enthusiastic young people who are focused and work-ready for September 2021.

The structured study programme is in partnership with Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Stony Dean School, Buckinghamshire Council and Adviza. The internship will enable young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need to work.

The programme has one primary aim

Wherever possible support young people to move into paid employment. Interns will complete a BTEC Level 1 Work Skills programme. They will also have the opportunity to study Maths and English functional skills at an appropriate level with the support of a tutor and Job Coach.

Employment is the key aim of the programme, following on from the Supported Internship the interns will be supported in their first year of work by a Job Coach from “Building Futures” at Adviza.

What job roles will I complete as an Intern?

You will have the opportunity to work in at least three different job roles on a ten-week carousel.

These may include:

  • Administration

  • Portering

  • Post-Room

  • Kitchen

  • Housekeeping

 

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for an internship you should be:

  •  A young person aged 18 to 24 in receipt of an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP)
  • Working at Entry level 2 to Level 1

  • Be able to develop good customer service skills and have a positive attitude to work

  • Be able to commit to the full length of the programme (September 2021 to June 2022)

  • Be 18 to 24 years old on 31 August 2021

  • Be in your final year of education and ready to start work at the end of the Supported Internship

  • Undertaken a successful work placement at school/college

  • Have family support for you to start work

  • Be able to commit to a 5 day a week programme; total immersion in the workplace

  • Have an excellent record of attendance and behaviour at school/college

  • Be willing to travel independently or be supported to travel

  • Have a positive attitude to gaining new skills and receiving instruction

  • Be willing to follow the Buckinghamshire NHS Trust code of conduct

  • Eligible to work in the UK

Who to contact

Contact Name
Christie Lavery
Contact Position
Head of Supported Employment
Telephone
E-mail
clavery@stonydean.bucks.sch.uk
Website
Supported Internships with Buckinghamshire Adult Learning
Related Service
Buckinghamshire Adult Learning

Where to go

Address
Buckinghamshire
Venue Notes

Some assistance with this may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
September 2021 to June 2022 Programme | Now recruiting

Other Details

Cost Description

All students with an EHCP will have their fees met by the local authority (aged 19 years or over). These fees include tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course-related costs.

Age Ranges
18 to 24 years

Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS)

Coronavirus status: OPEN ONLINE
User-led disability charity run by disabled people for disabled people. Has wide range of projects including accessibility and access, benefits, employment, work experience, communications and campaigning. Opportunities open to adults and young people over 16.
44Rabans CloseRabans Lane Industrial AreaAylesburyBuckinghamshireHP19 8RS

Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS)

User-led disability charity run by disabled people for disabled people. Has wide range of projects including accessibility and access, benefits, employment, work experience, communications and campaigning. Opportunities open to adults and young people over 16.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Andrew Clark
Contact Position
Chair of Trustees
Telephone
E-mail
info@buds.org.uk
Website
BuDS

Where to go

Name
BuDS c/o Aylesbury Foodbank (for postal communications only)
Address
44
Rabans Close
Rabans Lane Industrial Area
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP19 8RS
Venue Notes

This is BuDS' postal address ONLY. Volunteering and work experience will take place elsewhere.

Geographic Area Covered
Buckinghamshire

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Offices are currently closed owing to the coronavirus pandemic

Other Details

Cost Description

Volunteering and work experience is free

Age Ranges
From 16 to 25 years but event volunteering opportunities for younger teenagers too
Facilities
Baby Changing Facilities
Accessible Website
Car Parking
Wheelchair Accessible Entrance
British Sign Language (BSL)
Changing Facilities
Accessible Toilet Facilities
Hearing Loop
Disabled Car Parking Space

Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire Dyslexia Association (NBDA)

Coronavirus status: OPEN ONLINE
At Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire Dyslexia Association, we believe in a dyslexic friendly society, that enables neuro-diverse people of all ages to reach their full potential. Our aim is to support the needs of Dyslexic children and young people in education, their parents or carers, and adults in the workplace…
Buckinghamshire

Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire Dyslexia Association (NBDA)

At Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire Dyslexia Association, we believe in a dyslexic friendly society, that enables neuro-diverse people of all ages to reach their full potential.

Our aim is to support the needs of Dyslexic children and young people in education, their parents or carers, and adults in the workplace and their employers.  To achieve this we raise public and professional awareness of dyslexia, encouraging partnerships with L.A.s and statutory services, and campaign for appropriate provision for dyslexics in local schools and colleges and appropriate support in the employment sector.  We are affiliated to the British Dyslexia Association.   

What we cover

We provide a free Information and Advice service via our helpline or email, which is administered by a small team of dedicated volunteer Dyslexia professionals.  Links to Dyslexia specialists for diagnostic assessments for children and young people and adults,  help and support for undiagnosed dyslexics, Conferences and events for parents and teachers, dyslexia awareness training workshops for parents or carers, links to member's parent support groups.

Although enquiries can also be made via email, it is helpful to also provide a telephone number as well as the information provided is frequently insufficient to answer the query, so we will ask for a telephone number if not supplied. All information is in the strictest confidence and never shared with third parties without permission.  Our privacy policy can be seen on our website.  

Schools and Teachers

Dyslexia Awareness Training for Schools and Teachers. Quotation provided upon request.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Pamela Tomalin
Contact Position
Chair
Telephone
E-mail
info@nbda.org.uk
Website
Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire Dyslexia Association
Notes

We offer a free helpline and befriender service. The 01327 703626 number is for the office and general enquiries, and the 01604 328075 is the helpline and operates on an answerphone basis only.

Messages can be left and one of the helpline team of Professional advisers should be able to call back within 12 hours. Please note all our helpline team are volunteers and do this in their own time.  Email messages are normally monitored on a daily basis.

Where to go

Address
Buckinghamshire
Venue Notes

As we received no funding for the charity we have no venue, the Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire Dyslexia Association (NBDA) is run on a voluntary basis by the Trustees from their own homes.

Conferences, Events and Training are all delivered externally at a variety of locations.  All contact with Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire Dyslexia Association is by email or telephone.

Geographic Area Covered
Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Helpline (answerphone service and email) 24/7
Time of day
Evening
Afternoon
Morning

Other Details

Cost Description

There is no charge for our Information and Advice services.  We are able to call back to any number at a pre-arranged date and time but would prefer a landline if possible as mobile signals can vary.

Assessor fees - enquire with individual professionals.   Links and directories provided on request to the helpline or email.

Costs for conferences, events and training workshop sessions (where applicable) will be advertised on our website and Social media.  

Age Ranges
All ages

Supported Internships with Buckinghamshire College Group

Buckinghamshire College Group offers a wide range of high-quality supported learning opportunities for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. These help to develop independence and skills, and provide a chance to prepare for the next step in life. The Aylesbury Campus provides a Supported Internship Study…
Buckinghamshire

Supported Internships with Buckinghamshire College Group

Buckinghamshire College Group offers a wide range of high-quality supported learning opportunities for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. These help to develop independence and skills, and provide a chance to prepare for the next step in life. The Aylesbury Campus provides a Supported Internship Study Programme designed to help young people with special educational needs to prepare for adulthood and to move forward into employment. Students must be in receipt of Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

Buckinghamshire Council has worked in close partnership with our Further Education Colleges and other supporting agencies to provide specialist provision linked with social care, health and supported living placements. For those that need it, we can offer a 5 day a week bespoke learning programme across the county, 1:1 support and small class groups.

We believe that choosing to attend a local college can lead to a smoother transition from school into further learning and, at the end of the placement, from learning back into the local community.

Please note due to safety Buckinghamshire cannot offer further education/ college placements to those young people who present a danger to themselves or others.

 

Individual support

If an Education Health Care Plan identifies a personal care need then the young person can be accompanied by their carer, or care can be provided by another agency subcontracted by the college.

 

Communication

College staff and Sub Contracted agencies supported by Speech and Language Therapy provided by Oxford Health Foundation Trust. Many college staff are trained in a variety of techniques and strategies specific to the communication needs of the student in order to enable them to access the curriculum at college. The Speech and Language Therapy service support the use of and maintenance of low and high tech Augmentative Alternative Communication systems across the college context.

College learning support staff are able to offer other methods of communication support including Dragon Software.

All colleges are fully accessible, as are many of the community venues.

Adapted software, equipment and Assistive Technology that is specified in a young person’s EHCP may be provided by the college given sufficient notice.

 

Links to other departments

Young people benefit from an inclusive department with good links to other vocational departments within the colleges.

 

Length

Programmes last 34 to 36 weeks. As the provision is bespoke with the learning, it can start in the home with travel training to college. A typical day runs from 9:30am to 3:30pm.

 

Fees

All students with an EHCP will have their fees met by the local authority (aged 19 years or over). These fees include tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course-related costs.

 

Transport

Some assistance with this may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Buckinghamshire College Group
Contact Position
Admissions
Telephone
E-mail
admissions@buckscollegegroup.ac.uk
Website
Buckinghamshire College Group
Parent Organisation
Amersham Campus | Buckinghamshire College Group

Where to go

Name
Buckinghamshire College Group
Address
Buckinghamshire
Geographic Area Covered
Runs at Amersham and Aylesbury Campuses

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Programmes last 34 to 36 weeks

Other Details

Cost Description

All students with an EHCP will have their fees met by the local authority (aged 19 years or over). These fees include tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course-related costs.

Age Ranges
16 years plus

Ambitious about Autism Training and Consultancy

We are a national charity for children and young people with autism; our vision is to make the ordinary possible.   Here at Ambitious about Autism we understand the importance training for both staff and parents. We believe through schools, post-16 settings and employment based training we…
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Ambitious about Autism Training and Consultancy

We are a national charity for children and young people with autism; our vision is to make the ordinary possible.  
 
Here at Ambitious about Autism we understand the importance training for both staff and parents. We believe through schools, post-16 settings and employment based training we can help children and young people with autism thrive and achieve their full potential. Our highly qualified trainers have a wealth of knowledge and experience designing and delivering training on topics including; education law, autism awareness, communication skills, PBS and handling difficult situations. Our clients include local schools looking to improve understanding of autism as well as international clients keen to learn best practice. 
 
Choose from one of our courses or request a bespoke package where we design and deliver training to meet your individual needs and objectives. We can deliver any of our training courses as an INSET day on a date that suits you.  
We can work with you to design and deliver bespoke training and consultancy to suit your requirements and we welcome opportunities to be creative.  
 
We run trainings specifically aimed at parents. Where parents and carers can share experiences whilst gaining a more in depth knowledge about autism and different interventions or behavioural approaches  
 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Training and consultancy team (various staff members)
Contact Position
Training and consultancy team
Telephone
E-mail
training@ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk
Website
Ambitious About Autism

Where to go

Name
The Pears National Centre for Autism Education, Woodside Avenue, London N10 3JA
Address
Nationwide
Geographic Area Covered
UK

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
Training can be organised at a time and venue that suits your requirements.

Other Details

Cost Description

Cost by arrangement

Age Ranges
3 to 25 plus years

The Ambitious Youth Network

Join our Ambitious Youth Network online community The Ambitious Youth Network is an online group where autistic young people can connect and hear about opportunities that may be of interest hosted by Ambitious about Autism. As a member of the network you will: Be part…
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The Ambitious Youth Network

Join our Ambitious Youth Network online community

The Ambitious Youth Network is an online group where autistic young people can connect and hear about opportunities that may be of interest hosted by Ambitious about Autism. As a member of the network you will:

  • Be part of a community of young autistic people aged 14 to 25 years where you can talk, support each other, build friendships and network.

  • Have exclusive access to all our available opportunities. These could include Autism Exchange work experience opportunities, the chance to write blogs or attend events.

  • Be able to participate in projects and give vital feedback and ideas to inform our work through consultations and surveys.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Participation team/Sarah O'Brien-Quilty
Contact Position
Policy and Participation Assistant
Telephone
E-mail
participation@ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk
Website
Ambitious about Autism
Parent Organisation
Ambitious about Autism Training and Consultancy

Where to go

Address
Nationwide

Other Details

Cost Description

No costs

Age Ranges
14 to 25 years