Remaining Independent in Buckinghamshire
Residents of Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern and South Bucks and Wycombe districts who find it difficult or impossible to use public transport can become members of their local Dial-A-Ride scheme. You must register by calling:
Aylesbury Vale: 01296 330088
Chiltern and South Bucks: 01494 766123
There is an annual cost to join your local scheme as well as a cost per journey.
Services are available Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 5.00pm. There are different arrangements in each area regarding the hire of vehicles for special trips so please contact your local scheme for details.
Support with Confidence
To help give you confidence to employ a Personal Assistant, Buckinghamshire Trading Standards together with Adult Social Care have set up a joint initiative – Support with Confidence – which approves people offering these services.
Background checks, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks, are carried out on all applicants to ensure they are trained in the range of relevant skills needed.
All Support with Confidence approved Personal Assistants and Support Brokers agree to follow a Code of Conduct ensuring confidentiality and protection of their customers’ interests.
If you are eligible for support from the council and want a Personal Assistant you can ask an approved Support Broker to visit you and discuss who would best fulfil your needs.
To find out more call: 08453 708090.
Day services are currently undergoing a programme of modernisation. Most of the day centres in the county are being replaced by six Day Opportunities Centres. The first new Day Opportunities Centre opened in Aylesbury in January 2014, followed by Buckingham in October 2014 and Chesham in April/May 2015. The Centre for Beaconsfield will be used mainly for respite and offers day activities for people with severe learning difficulties. Two further centres are planned for Burnham (late 2015) and High Wycombe (2016).
The Day Opportunities Centres will be more available to the community while providing vulnerable adults who need a building-based service a secure place to receive a day service that meets all their needs.
Day services, in the new Centres and in the community are being delivered by our trading company, Buckinghamshire Care. Although wholly owned by the Council, Buckinghamshire Care can provide services to people who fund their own care and support, as well as to people who are supported by Adult Social Care.