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What are you doing over the Easter Weekend?...

...there's plenty of ideas in your April MyBucks. Check out what's on in the school holidays and beyond by taking a look at our Family Information Service pages. And Bucks County Museum is always worth a visit! 

Also, if you're planning a clear-out over the long weekend make sure you're up to date with recent changes at our Household Recycling Centres

Latest news

Easter opening at Household Recycling Centres (tips)

With April here, Buckinghamshire's household recycling centres have now moved to summer opening times, that's 9am to 6pm. Although the sites at Burnham, Chesham, and Rabans Lane Aylesbury are now closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays, all nine sites will be in operation across the four days of the Easter weekend.

If you are planning to visit one of our sites over the Easter weekend, remember this can be a busy time, especially if the weather is good. To avoid queues, use our online webcams to check the site before you leave home:

https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/waste-and-recycling/household-recycling-centres/

Remember that we're now charging for non-household waste at all household recycling centres, and if you're disposing of this kind of waste you'll need to bring a means of payment. As the payment system is electronic, please be aware that sites are unable to accept payment in cash.

Non-household waste is generally material that comes from construction, renovation and demolition work on buildings or garden landscaping. It includes wood, plasterboard, window frames, soil and rubble, but not green garden waste, which is free.

Disposal of all household waste, including non-fitted furniture and mattresses, also remains free.

Find full details of types and prices for non-household waste on our website:

https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/waste-and-recycling/changes-to-buckinghamshire-recycling-centres/charges-for-non-household-waste/

Having a clear out over Easter?

Now spring is here, thoughts turn to getting the home and garden ready for the long days of summer. If you're having a clear-out, here are some tips on disposing of your rubbish and unwanted things.

If things are in good condition, there's a good chance someone else will want them, and the items will have a continuing life rather than becoming waste. Wycombe (High Heavens) and Aston Clinton household recycling centres have re-use shops that accept many items; otherwise you could donate them to a local charity or pass them to a new owner via social media or a specialist website.

Find out more at www.recycleforbuckinghamshire.co.uk/repair-and-re-use

If you've things to dispose of but aren't sure whether they're recyclable, the Waste Wizard is an excellent online tool for checking up on how to dispose of something locally to you. Go to www.recycleforbuckinghamshire.co.uk/waste-wizard

Photo: The re-use shop at Aston Clinton household recycling centre

Remember that household recycling centres can get quite busy at this time of year, especially when the weather is good. To avoid queuing, check the site webcam first to see how busy it is. www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/waste-and-recycling/household-recycling-centres

If you decide that you'd rather hire someone to take your rubbish away and dispose of it properly, remember to use the SCRAP Fly Tipping code to check that the person or firm you're using is bona fide. It's part of your duty of care to help prevent illegal dumping.

Find out about the SCRAP code at www.recycleforbuckinghamshire.co.uk/scrap-fly-tipping

Latest news on the new council for Buckinghamshire

The second piece of government legislation required to put in place the new single council for Buckinghamshire has been laid before Parliament this month. The Structural Changes Order details how the change to the new council will take place and how it will be set up.

The draft Order will be considered and debated by both Houses of Parliament and we expect it to take around 6 to 8 weeks to progress through Parliament before being approved. The Structural Changes Order confirms the following details:

  • The name of the new council will be Buckinghamshire Council and it will have 147 councillors.
  • Elections for the new council will take place in May 2020.
  • A temporary Shadow Authority will be formed, with all current county and district councillors having a seat on this body; the shadow authority will set the 2020/21 council tax and budget.
  • Leadership will be provided by a 17 seat Shadow Executive formed of nine county council members and eight district councillors, two from each district council.
  • An implementation team, led by the County Council’s Chief Executive and with a district Chief Executive as deputy, should be established to manage the smooth transfer of services and staff to the new Council

 

Once this legislation has been approved by Parliament the Shadow Authority will meet within 14 days, bringing together county and district councillors from across the five councils. The Shadow Authority and Shadow Executive are in place until elections to the new council take place in May 2020 when the new council will then elect the leadership and executive member group for the new Buckinghamshire Council.

The county council and district councils are already working together to plan the work needed for the new Buckinghamshire Council to come into operation. Part of the first steps to joining up services has been the sharing of legal services between the county and district councils which was announced last week.

The new single council for Buckinghamshire will go live on 1 April 2020 and will provide all local public services for residents and businesses – this is what’s known as a unitary council. The five current councils – the county council and the four district councils – will cease to exist from that date. In the meantime, the county and district councils remain responsible for services as normal.

 

If you have any questions or comments on the plans for the new council please get in touch with us at unitarycomms@buckscc.gov.uk. You can also keep up to date with unitary news from the county council at www.buckscc.gov.uk/unitarycouncil

 

Wycombe Wanderers stage special match to highlight mental health stigma

Around 5,500 football fans showed their support for Time to Change Buckinghamshire at a League 1 football match between Wycombe Wanderers and Charlton Athletic on Tuesday 9 April at Adams Park.

The football club and its Sports Education Trust (SET) joined forces with Time to Change Buckinghamshire to encourage fans to talk about mental health, to know how to spot the signs in a relative, friend or colleague and how to start a conversation with someone.

Wycombe Wanderers players got involved and, through videos, shared their experiences of mental health problems, reaching out to fans and showing them that even their football heroes can find it hard sometimes.

The videos can be seen on the Time to Change Buckinghamshire website  

At half-time, the club invited supporters to turn on the flashlight on their mobile phones to create a visual display of pledges to changing the way they think, talk and act around the topic of mental health, and to ensure they’re in their mate’s corner in times of need.

And the Sports & Education Trust also signed their Time to Change Employer Pledge just before kick-off.

Time to Change Buckinghamshire is a growing social movement working alongside the established national campaign aiming to change attitudes towards mental health through working with local communities, workplaces and schools.

Find out more about it and how you can get involved at www.timetochangebucks.org

What's on

Find family activities for the school holidays

Did you know our Family Information Service is packed with information on things to do. There's plenty on around the county this Easter and here's a sneak preview to what else is coming up for May half term and even looking ahead to summer!

As always, you can find things to do for all ages at Bucks Family Info - whether it be holiday activities to fit around your work or activities for the whole family, there’s plenty on offer. Here are just a few so far:

May

Summer

BFIS is a great place to find family activities all year round. Our things to do page boasts upcoming events, places to go and activities for children with SEND.

What's on at Bucks County Museum

Origami Craft Activities

18 April, 10am - 12 noon & 1pm - 3pm

Get creative with origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, inspired by our new exhibition about Samurai warriors. Drop in between 10am and 12 noon or 1pm and 3pm. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost from £4.

Easter in the Stuart Household

Easter Day 21 April: 11am – 4pm
Easter Monday 22 April: 10am – 5pm

Come and help the Stuart Household celebrate Easter and get ready for their Feast. A historical re-enactment event for all the family. Family activities.

The Day of the Warrior

Bank Holiday Monday 6 May, 11am – 4pm

See Kendo demonstrations, a Japanese warrior, Samurai weapons and Taiko Japanese drumming.

Lost in Time Interactive Play

11 May & 18 May, 4pm & 6pm

Join Professor Chronomier on an exciting light-hearted journey through the museum in a new immersive, interactive play by Queens Park Arts Centre's theatre company Unbound. Admission charge. Booking through Aylesbury Town Council www.aylesburytowncouncil.gov.uk/town-council-services/events/

Exhibitions:

Samurai: Warriors of Ancient Japan

On now until 13 July

Discover stunning examples of historical Samurai armour and weapons, from complete suits to beautiful swords and ornate helmets.

Community Voices

4 May - 6 July

The hidden stories of some of our local communities told through their objects and words in a multi-sensory exhibition.

All events/exhibitions entry by donation unless specified.

The Museum also has a café serving light snacks and shop stocking gifts, local books, cards and beautiful jewellery and ceramics.

Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP. Tel 01296 331441 
www.buckscountymuseum.org

 

Get your free tickets for this year's Armed Forces Day event

With so much to see and do, Armed Forces Day 2019 promises to be a fantastic family day out – and tickets are completely free.

This year's local event will take place for the first time at Wycombe Air Park. It'll be packed with many family friendly attractions and activities including air displays, live music, fairground rides, craft stalls, a climbing wall, and much more.

It's on Saturday 29 June, 12:00 noon - 6:00pm. All tickets are free but you must book in advance - you won't be able to turn up on the day without a ticket. 

Armed Forces Day is a national event held every year as a way of saying thank you to our armed forces. There will be food stalls and people are also welcome to bring their own picnics and food along with them. 

For tickets and all you need to know go to: 

www.buckscc.gov.uk/armedforcesday

 

Get your family-friendly events noticed

At Bucks Family Info we’re passionate about bringing what’s going on for children and families to…children and families.

Adding an activity, event, club or group is free and easy to do. Still not convinced? Last year our holiday activities were searched over 17 thousand times so now is the perfect time to add your activity to our directory.

How to add an activity

  1. Create your free account
  2. Add your details as a new record
  3. Sit back and let us do the rest

We aim to get new entries live in 5 working days or less.

About The Buckinghamshire Family Information Service (BFIS)

Find Childcare, Childminders, Children's Centres, and Family Activities in Buckinghamshire and access free, impartial information covering a range of topics relating to family life including the Local Offer (SEND) and Early Help (for professionals).

BFIS:

Website: bucksfamilyinfo.org

Email: familyinfo@buckscc.gov.uk

Facebook: BucksFamilyInfo

Twitter: @BucksFamilyInfo

Instagram: @bucksfamilyinfo

LinkedIn: Buckinghamshire Family Information Service

YouTube: BucksFamilyInfo

Phone: 01296 383 065 or text: 07786 202 920

Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

 

Childrens Centres timetables

Did you know you can find the timetables for all Buckinghamshire’s Children’s Centres in one place? These timetables, along with the activities and services running are on the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service (BFIS) website: www.bucksfamilyinfo.org/childrens-centres

From the “Children’s Centres” section you can:

  • Search for centres by name, keywords and postcode
  • View and download the latest timetables, under “Useful Documents”
  • Discover what services and activities are on offer
  • Access detailed Local Offer information on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • Share information with others via social media, SMS and email

Love your Library

Easter events and opening times

We would like to wish our customers a very Happy Easter.

Check our events page to find out more about our Easter events in libraries - from arts and crafts, to Easter egg hunts! (www.buckscc.gov.uk/events/library-events)

All libraries will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

Charges and concessions

From 1st May 2019 there will be some changes to library charges affecting:

  • Loan charges for DVDs and audiobooks
  • Printing and photocopying charges
  • Postal reminder charges

To view all library charges please visit www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/libraries/using-the-library/charges-and-concessions or see the poster in your local library.

World Book Night

World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23rd April every year, run by The Reading Agency.

Find out more here: https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/news-libraries/world-book-night-2019

April's recommended read......

This month’s recommended read is the Sunday Times bestselling, Richard & Judy Book Club thriller, everyone’s talking about in 2019 - Vox by Christina Dalcher.  Fantasy fiction meets political thriller in this confident debut novel.

Synopsis

Silence can be deafening.

Jean McClellan spends her time in almost complete silence, limited to just one hundred words a day. Any more, and a thousand volts of electricity will course through her veins.

Now the new government is in power, everything has changed. But only if you're a woman.  Almost overnight, bank accounts are frozen, passports are taken away and seventy million women lose their jobs. Even more terrifyingly, young girls are no longer taught to read or write.

For herself, her daughter, and for every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice. This is only the beginning... 

Media Reviews

'A petrifying re-imagining of The Handmaid's Tale.' – Elle

'This book will blow your mind.' – Prima

'Intelligent, suspenseful, provocative, and intensely disturbing - everything a great novel should be.' - Lee Child

'A fast-paced, twisting thriller that left me speechless.' - The Daily Mail

Reserve your copy here: https://buckinghamshire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=4529172

Download the eBook here: https://buckinghamshire.overdrive.com/media/3877377

Get Creative Festival 11-19 May

The Get Creative Festival is fast approaching.

Libraries are the perfect place to pick up new skills, become inspired and so much more. From Knitting to Creative Writing, there are so many ways to get creative.

Find creative events here: www.buckscc.gov.uk/events/library-events

Mental Health Awareness Week 13-19 May

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is Body Image - how we think and feel about our bodies.

Libraries have many books which can help.

Take a look at our fantastic mood-boosting books here

Leading better lives

Help us change a child's future this Foster Care Fortnight

Foster Care Fortnight (13 – 24 May 2019) is a national campaign run by the Fostering Network, aiming to celebrate the great work our foster carers do to change our foster children’s futures and help raise awareness of the ongoing need for new foster carers.

This Foster Care Fortnight, we’ll be hosting events across the county to help you find out more about fostering and the specialist training, generous allowances and excellent support available to all our foster carers.

If you think fostering could be for you or someone you know, why not drop in to one of our events in your local area, we’ll be hosting drop in sessions in the following locations with more dates to be confirmed:

  • Tesco Extra Broadfield, Aylesbury - Friday 17 May
  • Tesco Extra Broadfield, Aylesbury - Friday 24 May

Our next information event will be held on Wednesday 29 May, 7pm at Buckingham Opportunities Centre, Well Street, Buckingham, MK18 1EN – you can book your place here. Come along and ask us your questions and find out if you could help change a future.

Even if fostering isn’t for you, there are many ways you can help support and spread the message.

You can find more information on fostering on our website: www.buckscc.gov.uk/fostering or by phoning 0800 160 1900

Support service for carers of all ages goes live

We know the vital role that carers play in supporting people to keep living in their own homes. We also recognise that to perform this vital role many carers may need support.

Our new service for carers is now live, meaning carers of all ages can now be supported by the same organisation, Carers Bucks.

The integrated Carer Support Service is for carers aged five and upwards. The new service was designed with people who currently use carer support, including young carers, so that it can be flexible enough to meet a range of needs. The service specification is closely aligned with our Better Lives strategy and includes:

  • a whole family approach, working with their strengths
  • ensuring that carers are supported to plan for the future
  • building skills for independent living
  • receive more intensive support at times of crisis

The service will not operate a 'drop-in', but will be location based and work closely with health care settings.  For example carer champions will be available in GP surgeries and full time Carer Support Workers at will be at Stoke Mandeville, Wycombe and Wexham Park hospitals.  There will also be continued work developing partnerships with schools.

We are currently running a social media campaign (‘Don’t be invisible’) to encourage carers to register with their GP and Carers Bucks, so that they can get this support that is available to them.  For more information about the service go to www.carersbucks.org

#whatwouldyoudo with your NHS services?

What do you want from your local health services?

The NHS has set out its plan for the next ten years and now wants people to say what they think health services should be like in their local area.

So whether it's mental health services, how to access cancer care, or any form of healthcare - the NHS wants your input!

You can fill in either - or both  - of these surveys - one on how to help people stay healthy and the other about how the NHS should help people with long-term conditions like asthma, diabetes and dementia. 

Make sure you share your views and help shape the future of the NHS here

The NHS is looking for local community representatives.

Are you interested in health and would like to help your local NHS get messages out to the whole community? Then why not join NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Inequalities Advisory Group (IAG).

Buckinghamshire CCG, which organises the delivery of health services in Buckinghamshire, is looking for people who represent different communities within the county to be part of IAG. The aim of the group is to identify and tackle issues of health inequalities within communities in Bucks by acting as an independent, critical friend to Buckinghamshire CCG. We want to make sure everyone in the county has the same access to health and care services and support and members of this group can help us achieve this goal.

Why not come along to the next meeting of the group on Wednesday 24 April, 7pm until 8.30pm at Adams Park, High Wycombe and get involved. Click here to find out more about the meeting.

Further information about the IAG can be found on the CCG website.

 

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