Active Bucks – Do you know that you can access a voucher to attend a local activity session for free? There are over 2500 weekly activities to choose from across Bucks, and you can filter by distance, day of the week, time of day and activity type.
AgeUK in Buckinghamshire – available services
Prevention Matters – a free and friendly advice service linking eligible adults (over 18) in Buckinghamshire to social activities, volunteers and community services.
- AVDC Environmental Health & Nuisances
- AVDC Community Spaces – report fly-tipping, dog fouling, littering and other issues
Blue Badges – Message from Bucks County Council
The team who handle Blue Badges and Bus Passes will be moving to Amersham from the Wycombe Area Office on Monday 30 July. Their new address will be King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham HP6 5AW. The move, well in advance of the closure of the Wycombe offices, will enable the team to settle in to prepare for two forthcoming changes affecting the Blue Badge scheme.
They’ll be preparing for the introduction of a new database to manage the Blue Badge scheme, which goes live on 1 January 2019, and the Government’s proposed changes to eligibility criteria for Blue Badges. They consulted on these proposals in the first three months of 2018, but there’s no indication yet when they’ll be implemented.
It seemed logical to relocate the team through the quieter summer months to minimise any risk to service levels if all three changes came together. The majority of the team are transferring, so the knowledge and expertise won’t be lost.
It’s anticipated the transfer to Amersham won’t affect the vast majority of enquiries and applications which come in by telephone or email either direct to the team or via the Customer Contact Centre. Our team at Wycombe Area Offices receive barely a dozen callers each week, and we’re providing posters and leaflets to inform them.
About 76,000 concessionary bus passes are in circulation with older people and those with disabilities. General information about bus passes is on our website:
Applications can be made either online from the above pages or by means of a paper form. Bus passes have to be renewed every five years and renewals can be made by automated telephone line on 01296 873011, online on our website or by filling in a paper application form.
There are 22,500 Blue Badges issued to residents of Buckinghamshire. Applications may be subject to an independent mobility assessment carried out by our HCPC registered physiotherapist. Blue Badges are generally issued for a three year period, and applications can be made on our website:
Broadband via Connected Counties – check to see progress for Broadband fibre to the cabinet (FTTC)
- Report issues to Bucks Transport Department – potholes, rights of way etc.
- Roadworks in Buckinghamshire
- Waste Permits
- Buckinghamshire CC Collective Switching Scheme
- Buckinghamshire CC Winter Preparedness advice and tips
FixMyStreet Report issues with potholes, fly tipping etc.
Greenacre Hall – contact Carol Wemyss 01296 720741 for details regarding hire & facilities
Drayton Parslow Sports & Social Club – contact Kirsty (07789 511264) or Sarah (07970 820342) for details regarding hire & facilities
New Thames Valley Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021
Anthony Stansfield, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley has recently published his new five year Police and Crime Plan which sets out the priorities for policing and other crime reduction organisations across the Thames Valley, including the response to regional and national threats. The full plan can be found on the PCC website – click here
‘Victims First’ launches to support victims of crime
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has today launched his ‘Victims First’ brand and website.
Victims First is the new overarching title for the PCCs work in providing support, increasing accessibility and improving services for victims of crime across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
The first initiative under ‘Victims First’ is a new online resource which has advice on what to do and how to get help if you’ve been a victim of crime, including information on what you should expect from the police and other criminal justice agencies if you report the crime.
The focal point of the website is a directory which allows victims to find relevant support to help them cope and recover from the impact of the crime. Members of the public will be able to use the website to refer themselves directly to the PCCs own support services, using the online form, or find information and contact details for other organisations. This support is available regardless of whether or not the victim has reported the crime to the police.
The website has information and advice to help people to recognise hidden crimes such as modern slavery, domestic abuse, including coercive control, and hate crime. Victims First also provides a third party reporting mechanism for hate crime so that those who don’t want to report directly to the police can either complete a reporting form on the website or call 0300 1234 148.
The PCC has undertaken extensive work to improve support for victims of crime, including commissioning new services for young victims, victims of sexual violence, a victim-led restorative justice service and a local support service to assist other victims.
Victims First encompasses all of this work and will expand over the coming year, with the PCC reviewing his services to ensure that victims continue to have appropriate support in place, are able to easily access it and that agencies, including the police, are victim-focussed.
Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner said: “I recently launched my new Police and Crime Plan which reaffirmed my commitment to making sure that victims have access to the support they need to cope and recover from the impact of crime. The launch of Victims First and the website is a key milestone in my work in this area and will allow victims to easily find information and support in one place.
“I believe it will be a valuable resource not just for victims but also for people and organisations that come into contact with victims of crime who can now use the website to find and refer people to an appropriate service.
“Victims First will continue to develop over the next year with plans to create a single referral doorway, a specialist counselling service and community signposting points with the aim of simplifying access and improving support for victims.”
The website is www.victims-first.org.uk