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Celebrating our foster carers

They deserve nothing but praise for the great job they do in helping care for many of our looked after children and young people and so that’s exactly what they got as we hosted our annual Fostering Awards last month.

From long service awards to special recognition for their efforts, the evening, hosted at the Magnolia Park Hotel in Boarstall, was a chance to say a big thank you to the men and women who chose to foster with Buckinghamshire County Council.

This year saw the introduction of several new awards including Outstanding Contribution to Fostering, Service to Disabled Children and Best newcomer.

Our public vote for Foster Carer of the Year went to Gemma and Adam Butler who became foster parents to their 4 nieces and nephews following a tragic family event. Speaking after the event Gemma said: "We're amazed as we didn't expect to win in all honesty. We're doing it because they are family so it doesn't feel like anything special, and it's become family life now. So it's really nice to have that acknowledged as it's really hard work."

Chris Driscoll won the award for her Outstanding Contribution to Fostering as she goes the extra mile helping to run the South Bucks support group, is a mentor to other foster carers whilst caring for young babies and toddlers alongside her own four children. 

Chris said: "Being a foster carer can be challenging, emotionally and physically exhausting at times but it is so, so worth it. Seeing the progress the little one makes, seeing them begin to flourish and remembering what a privilege it is to care for them in this stepping stone of their lives is so amazing. Opening our hearts and home in this way has been the best decision we’ve made as a family

Keith and Sally Howard have been fostering for an amazing 35 years. 
They said: "We do it because the children appreciate what we do for them. We have mainly done long term care and we build up relationships with the children and keep in contact with most of them. One of our foster children visits every weekend with his two children. They're our family." 

A full list of the other winners on the night can be found on our website:

If you are inspired by the stories of our current foster carers and think it is something you might be interested in, find out more at

You said, we’re listening - consultation on changes to early help services for children and families extended

The consultation on improving early help services for children and families has been extended to 16 October 2017 and further detail on the proposals added following a mid-consultation review.

Available online at  the consultation seeks feedback on a new way of supporting children and families earlier to prevent them needing more intensive help from social care and education services in the future.  

The consultation which launched on 14 July 2017 has been running for seven weeks and has received over 1900 responses to date.

Following a mid-point review of responses the council have added further information on the current services included, as well as how these might change and what the proposed new service could look like.

The consultation outlines proposals for a new approach to helping children and families, to ensure small problems don’t get bigger and too difficult to manage. From money worries, parenting tips, behavioural issues right through to support with mental health and domestic abuse - the proposal is to work with families to tackle all of their problems at the same time.

This will mean changes to existing early help services that the council deliver or commission. These are:

  • Bucks Family Information Service
  • Children’s centres
  • Advice and support for young people through Connexions (Adviza)
  • Early Help coordinators
  • Families First
  • Family Resilience
  • Support for children who have lived with Domestic Violence
  • Support for parents through Barnardo’s
  • Young carers support
  • Youth Services

A new Early Help service would replace all of these existing services, bringing them together to create one service with teams of family workers based in the local community. This will mean they can reach out to these families to work with them at home or in places they are most comfortable. This could be a local community venue, their school or a coffee shop.

Find out more about the proposal for a new Early Help service for Buckinghamshire children and families and have your say at

If you have already responded but now wish to add more, please complete the survey again. Responses already sent in will still be included. The consultation will now close on 16 October to allow as much time as possible for responses.


Help us get education and skills plans right for children and young people in Bucks

Buckinghamshire has some of the best performing schools in the Country with many of our children and young people persistently outperforming those from other areas. However, for some of our most vulnerable children, success is not always guaranteed and that is why we are developing an Education and Skills Strategy to ensure all children and young people are supported to do their very best. 

Did you know: 
  • Children under 18 make up 22.9% of our population! (There are approx. 122,200 children and young people under 18 in Bucks)
  • We have 234 schools in the county and 84,000 children and young people attend these schools
  • There are 184 schools that are maintained (supported by the local authority), 47 academies, 2 free schools and 1 University Technology College.
  • 89% of children and young people in a Bucks school attend good or outstanding schools 
Children and young people of today are our leaders of tomorrow. They are our future so it’s really important to us that we give them the best start in life through their education and skills. It is our role to be the champion for your children and their learning as they grow, from the early years with childminders, pre-schools and nurseries, right through to schools and colleges and ensuring they are then ready to embrace their future. 

We are asking for your views on education and skills for children and young people across Buckinghamshire. We want to know what is important to you and your children, what you think works well at the moment and what we can do better in the future to ensure that children here have the best start in life and a good education. 
Your views will help us plan how we work with schools, colleges and all those who support our children in their education and skills development to reach their potential and have good opportunities for the future.  

Please take a few minutes to give us your views on how we plan to do this for children in Buckinghamshire. 

Winter times for Household Recycling Centres as October arrives

The arrival of October means that Buckinghamshire County Council's Household Recycling Centre services are moving to their winter opening hours of 9am-4pm, seven days a week.

The earlier closing time in winter makes the service more cost effective, as winter evenings are the least popular time for people to visit their Centre.

All the Household Recycling Centre services usually on offer are still available seven days a week, which means residents can still drop off unwanted items to be re-used by the South Bucks Hospice Shops, or dispose of their garden waste and other items. All ten sites will see the opening hours change on Sunday 1st October and the sites will close at 4pm until April 1st when they go back to the summer opening times of 9am-6pm.

Transport for Bucks monthly maintenance round up

Every day Transport for Buckinghamshire is out working on the road network, balancing long term improvements like major resurfacing schemes with day-to-day maintenance like highway repairs, grass cutting in the summer, and salting the roads in winter.

The monthly maintenance graphic highlights some of the most important elements of the daily maintenance carried out by TfB (numbers are all correct at time of publication).

Changing lives through adoption

group of childrenAdoption changes lives, not just the life of the child being adopted but also those of the new parents and their wider family.

This month, as we celebrate National Adoption Week (16 to 22 October), we speak to one of our families to find out more about their adoption story.

Alison and her wife Hayley had been keen to adopt and start their own family for several years before they got in touch with the Buckinghamshire County Council Adoption Team. They adopted their son when he was 19 months old, he is now four.

The couple had requested a child under the age of five and were open to adopting siblings. Initially they were matched with three separate children but Alison explained: “As soon as we got the details though for the first little boy, we knew he was the one.”

The adoption process was long and involved but the couple knew that this was what they wanted to do. “There are lots of issues that come with adopted children that you have to be prepared for.  The training can be stressful and the matching week was so intense and exhausting but at no point did we think, no, we can’t go through with this.”

Like a number of adopted children, Alison and Hayley’s son has some developmental issues which the couple have had training and ongoing support to deal with. “There have been lots of struggles along the way like any new parents but he has just started school and is settling in really well. He’s the most incredible little boy,” says Alison.

Offering her advice to anyone thinking adopting, Alison said: “It’s not something you go into lightly and there will be issues. You have to be open about it and prepared for anything.” For Alison and Hayley, they haven’t looked back: “Being able to adopt has meant we now have the family we’ve always dreamed of. Our son is so special and we are so proud of him. It can be really hard but it’s also wonderful.”

The couple have recently got to know their son’s 10 year old sibling and his adopted family and the brothers are getting to know each other which Alison says is one  of the best things that has happened for all of them. Alison and Hayley are considering adopting another child at some point in the future but for now their focus is firmly on bringing up their lively and loving four year old son.

If you are interested in adoption and would like to find out more, visit our website where you will find lots of information or get in touch with our Adoption Team via email:


What's on

What’s on at Bucks County Museum

James Fox Textile Artist - Muir Trust Artist in Residence 2017

21 September – 21 October
Meet James Fox at his open studio and discover how his work is inspired by the Museum’s collections. Open studios on Fridays and most Saturdays. Call or check website for times.

Handbags and Gladrags Workshop with James Fox
Saturday 14 October, 10.30am – 3pm
Create a unique piece of textile art on your own practical bag for life. This workshop will involve design development and hand stitching at your own level. Feel free to bring along fabric scraps, beads, buttons and any embellishments to complement your final piece. Suitable for all levels of stitching ability. Cost £30 (includes £15 for materials). Booking essential.

Mushroom Magic - A UK Fungus Day Event
Saturday 7 October, 11am – 4pm
Mystified by mushrooms or tantalised by toadstools? Then come along and meet experts from the Bucks Fungus Group and marvel at their magnificent display of locally collected mushrooms and toadstools. Hands on activities. Suitable for all. No need to book.

Adventures in Goldwork with Hanny Newton
Saturday 14 October, 10.30am – 4pm

This workshop gives stitchers of all abilities the opportunity to explore the possibilities of couching. During the day you will create a series of hand embroidered samples and small pieces which will become a ‘tool kit’ of techniques to further your creativity and enhance your artwork. Cost £45 including materials. Booking essential.

To War with Pencil and Paintbrush: British Art and Propaganda in the First World War
Thursday 19 October, 6.30 - 7.30pm
2017 marks the centenary of the Efforts and Ideals project, the most ambitious art propaganda exercise in the 20th century. Peter Vass, honorary research fellow at Oxford Brookes, considers this initiative in the context of the times and assesses its success both as art and propaganda. Cost £7.50. Booking essential.

Saturday 21 October
Diwali Celebrations
Join us at the museum for an afternoon celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Light, with crafts, storytelling and drummers. Check website for full details.

Creepily Crafty Halloween Fun this Half Term.

Tuesday 24 October: Halloween Lantern Painting
Wednesday 25 October: Ceramic Pumpkin Painting
Thursday 26 October: Ceramic Mini-Planter Painting

Drop in 10am and 12 noon or 1pm and 3pm. £3 per child. No need to book. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Check our website for all charges, opening times, birthday parties and special events. Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP. Tel 01296 331441

October Half Term…thing to do and places to go

Don’t forget… If you’re looking for October Half term and Halloween things to do, we’ve got that covered too. Activities, including holiday camps and clubs, are being added daily. If you are running an October half term event why not add it to our website or if there are any activities you know about that we have not included, please do get in contact, we would love to hear from you.

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Firework and Bonfires Map 2017

The Fifth of November may seem like a long way away, however many displays and events are taking place throughout October and November. Find your nearest with this Interactive Fireworks and Bonfire Display Map from Bucks Family Info.  

Also find the free events help in Local parks and safety advice for both family and pets. Be prepared for crackles, screeches, and bangs .

Quick Tips:

  • Never bring your own fireworks (including sparklers) to a display
  • Keep animals and pet, at home
  • Wrap up warm, it gets cold!
  • Suitable footwear; it gets muddy
  • Stay together, events can get very busy and it can be hard finding friends and family in the crowds
  • Be aware of the dangers: not only are fireworks dangerous but many events serve hot food and drink which could be spilt over the little ones and glow sticks can be a choking hazard
  • Be considerate of neighbours pets if you are having a firework party at home

Youth Voice!

We are inviting youth groups, schools and other organisations that work with young people to be part of our next Youth Voice Event happening on the 8th November at the Waterside Theatre Aylesbury 6- 8:30pm (Food buffet from 5:30pm)  to be part of a range of workshops and activity groups and live panel discussion.

Youth Voice is a great opportunity for young people to come face to face with professionals and decision makers from different services for young people. Our professionals panel will include Officers from Children’ Services, Education, Mental Health Services, Schools and Voluntary Sector organisations, so it will be a varied team of people to respond to young people’s questions and hear about what is important for them as residents of Buckinghamshire. The event is being held in Youth Work Week with this year’s theme ‘Youth Services: youth work for today and tomorrow’ and this will be an amazing opportunity to celebrate the range of Youth Work being delivered in different settings across Buckinghamshire, whilst also enabling young people to reflect on key issues and direct opportunities available to them in the future. The suggestions made as part of the event will then form the Youth Voice work plan for the next 6 months and lead to real outcomes for young people.

It is really important that we have a wide range of young people represented at the event and I really hope you and the young people you work with will be able to join us and help to shape the future for young people in Bucks.

If you have any questions please contact the Youth Service on 01296 382583 or email You can also register for the event on Eventbrite


Connie's Colander is coming to Wycombe

Connie’s Colander is a play exploring the way lives and relationships are affected by dementia – and it is coming to High Wycombe for a special, FREE performance in October.

It tells the story of Connie, is a retired domestic science teacher. Emily, her daughter, is enjoying hosting her first TV cookery show. We witness their relationship evolving during Emily’s life and see the impact Connie’s Alzheimer’s has on them both, and on the TV show.

The play aims to take a realistic look at dementia and is suitable for general audiences and for those with an interest in the condition – including people whose own lives may be affected by it in some way.

Following the performance, there will be a Q&A session with a dementia expert.

Connie’s Colander is produced and performed by the Human Story Theatre, in association with NHS Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England South for this performance on Thursday, 19 October at 2.30pm.


High Wycombe Library (Second Floor)

Eden Place

High Wycombe

HP11 2DH

Running time: 50 mins plus 20 mins Q&A with a dementia expert.

To book your free ticket, either click here or do it via

Love your Library

Libraries Week 2017

October 2017 will see the first ever Libraries Week – a showcase of all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that UK libraries have to offer.

Monday 9 to Saturday 14 October is a chance to discover something new at the library – from code clubs to play and learning for children, to managing your health, to finding a job, a hobby or starting a business.

What's on for Libraries Week - view all events

Featured author events

A morning with... Annie Murray

Enjoy coffee and cake while listening to author Annie Murray talking about her latest book A new map of love, writing as Abi Oliver.

High Wycombe Library

Tuesday 10 October | 11am FREE



An afternoon with... Jenn Ashworth

Jenn will be talking about her new novel Fell  and her other works followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Buckingham Library

Thursday 12 October | 2pm FREE

Eventbrite - Libraries Week: An afternoon with Jenn Ashworth


An evening with... Rowan Coleman

Rowan will talking about her new novel, The Summer of Impossible Things, love of disco and time travel.

Amersham Library

Friday 13 October | 7pm FREE

Eventbrite - Libraries Week: An evening with... Rowan Coleman


An evening with... Robert Thorogood

Robert Thorogood is the creator of the hit BBC One TV series DEATH IN

Bourne End Community Library

Wednesday 11 October | 7pm Tickets £10 to include drinks reception.

Please contact Bourne End Community Library to purchase ticket(s)by email or by phone on 01296 382415 


Book of the month for October


The secret diary of Hendrik Groen 83¼ years old by Hendrik Groen

the secret diary of Hendrik Groen 83 1/4 years old

"A funny but also touching diary ~ praised for its wit and realism" 

BBC Radio 4 Front Row


"I laughed until I cried and then laughed and cried some more" 

David Suchet


Meet Hendrik Groen. An octogenarian in a care home who has no intention of doing what he's told, or dying quietly. To that end, he creates the Old-But-Not-Dead Club and with his fellow members sets about living his final years with careless abandon. Such anarchism infuriates the care home director but pleases Eefje, the woman who makes Hendrik's frail heart palpitate. If it's never too late to have fun, then can it ever be too late to meet the love of your life?

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Book of the Month for October Read-Alikes

Discover something new... fiction in translation

Three daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak

On a spring evening in Istanbul, Peri is on her way to a dinner party - a night of luxury a far cry from her upbringing. But when her handbag is stolen her world shifts violently. She starts to doubt how she got here: a traumatic Istanbul childhood, student years in Oxford, the rebellious professor who led her and best friends Shirin and Mona to question everything - Islam, love, life, even God - and the scandal that tore them all apart. Over one desperate night she tries to make sense of a past she has tried to forget - but can we ever escape who we once were? Shirin, Peri and Mona, they were the most unlikely of friends. They were the Sinner, the Believer and the Confused.

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On the edge by Rafael Chirbes

The acclaimed novel of Spain's economic crisis - a timely masterpiece. Under a weak winter sun in small-town Spain, a man discovers a rotting corpse in a marsh. It's a despairing town filled with half-finished housing developments and unemployment, a place defeated by the burst of the economic bubble.Stuck in the same town is Esteban, his small factory bankrupt, his investments gone, the sole carer to his mute, invalid father. As Esteban's disappointment and fury lead him to form a dramatic plan to reverse financial ruin, other voices float up from the wreckage. Stories of loss twist together to form a kaleidoscopic image of Spain's crisis. And the corpse in the marsh is just one.Chirbes's rhythmic, torrential style creates a Spanish masterpiece for our age.

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A voice in the night by Jane Harris

a voice in the night

A Voice in the Night is the twentieth compelling crime novel in the phenomenally successful Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri. It occurred to him that he might not have had anything to do with Strangio's death. It was a voice in the night, an anonymous voice, that had told him this. A voice in the night that could easily have been the voice of his conscience. Feeling his age, as his birthday rolls round once again, Inspector Montalbano decides to cheer himself up by dealing with a young driver's road rage in his own unique way. But his joy is short-lived, as at police headquarters he receives an angry phone call from a supermarket boss; there's been a robbery at his store and Montalbano's colleague is treating him as a suspect. On arrival at the scene, Montalbano quickly agrees with Inspector Augello that this was no ordinary break-in, but with the supermarket's infamous links to the Mafia creating problems at every turn, this isn't going to be an easy case for the inspector to solve. And to add to the inspector's burden, the young driver he made an enemy of earlier on has returned to police headquarters to report a shocking crime...

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The three-body problem by Cixin Liu

the three body problem

1967: Ye Wenjie witnesses Red Guards beat her father to death during China's Cultural Revolution. This singular event will shape not only the rest of her life but also the future of mankind. Four decades later, Beijing police ask nanotech engineer Wang Miao to infiltrate a secretive cabal of scientists after a spate of inexplicable suicides. Wang's investigation will lead him to a mysterious online game and immerse him in a virtual world ruled by the intractable and unpredicatable interaction of its three suns. This is the Three-Body Problem and it is the key to everything: the key to the scientists' deaths, the key to a conspiracy that spans light-years and the key to the extinction-level threat humanity now faces.

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The girl who takes an eye for an eye by David Lagercrantz

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO LIVES ON. The fifth in the Millennium series that began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - the global publishing phenomenon. Lisbeth Salander is an unstoppable force: Sentenced to two months in Flodberga women's prison for saving a young boy's life by any means necessary, Salander refuses to say anything in her own defence. She has more important things on her mind.Mikael Blomkvist makes the long trip to visit every week - and receives a lead to follow for his pains. For him, it looks to be an important expose for Millennium. For her, it could unlock the facts of her childhood.Even from a corrupt prison system run largely by the inmates, Salander will stand up for what she believes in, whatever the cost. And she will seek the truth that is somehow connected with her childhood memory, of a woman with a blazing birthmark on her neck - that looked as if it had been burned by a dragon's fire . . . The tension, power and unstoppable force of The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye are inspired by Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, as Salander and Blomkvist continue the fight for justice that has thrilled millions of readers across the world.Translated from the Swedish by George Goulding

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Let's code! Borrow a Micro:bit from Bucks Libraries

You can use a BBC micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless. 

It's easy peasy!

It can be coded from any web browser in Blocks, Javascript, Python, Scratch and more; no software required.

Libraries in Buckinghamshire now have 290 BBC Micro:bits to loan out, courtesy of the Micro:bit Foundation.

What is it?

The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology which is designed to inspire digital creativity and develop a new generation of coders to help address a critical skills shortage in the technology sector.

How do I get hold of one?

The Micro:bits can be borrowed free for 3 weeks and can be connected to a PC or laptop via the USB lead supplied in the pack. Coding is done online supported by the website which has fun ideas for beginners through to projects for making robots!

Reserve and borrow a Micro:bit 

Their arrival in libraries is just in time for the start of the national Get Online Week campaign, and the theme of this year's campaign is #Try1Thing. Whether you're brand-new to the internet, or you want a bit of help getting more out of being online, libraries are here to help you take the next step.

For information about events taking place in libraries in Buckinghamshire for Get Online Week visit


Try 1 Thing this Get Online Week

Next week will see Get Online Week help Buckinghamshire residents learn that getting the most out of the internet can be easy and fun.

Find a Get Online Week event

Get started online with Learn My Way in your local library


Technology can make life easier for you if you have sight loss but knowing where to start with tablets and smartphones can be difficult.

Working with Bucks Vision, Buckinghamshire libraries will be running two workshops at Buckingham and Chesham Library called Make your device work for you! Each session aims to demonstrate the benefits of being online and how technology can help with sight-loss.

These accessibility events will be running on Thursday 5 October during Get Online Week 2017.

Make your device work for you!  

Discover how your device can be adapted to make getting the most out of it easier.

Chesham Library | 11am - 1pm

Buckingham Library | 2pm - 4pm

Buckinghamshire Libraries were successful in securing £500 funding from the Good Things Foundation to specifically help run this at Buckingham Library.


National Get Online Week 2017 runs from October 2 - October 8, and this year, it’s asking everyone to Try 1 Thing - use the internet to do just one thing you’d normally do in a shop or bank, in a doctor's or chemist, or even over the phone.

Whether you're brand-new to the internet, or you want a bit of help making more out of being online, free events run in Buckinghamshire Libraries provide that friendly support needed to help you take your next step.

Gina Nicholls, Information Services Manager from Buckinghamshire Libraries says:


"Almost everyone has heard about some of the ways the internet can help you save money, save time, and make life easier and more fun. But if you’re not confident using a computer, tablet or smartphone, or you've heard about some of the dangers of being online, it can be difficult to take that next step. But getting the most out of the internet doesn't have to be scary. We think that doing just one thing online is all you need to do to get started, and we're running events to help people do just that!"


Information about Get Online Week 

  • Get Online Week is the country’s biggest campaign helping people to improve their digital skills. Now in its eleventh year, Get Online Week 2017 aims to help everyone take their next step to being more confident online - whatever their level of skill - by trying just one new thing online. Find out more at
  • Get Online Week is managed by Good Things Foundation Foundation - a charity that helps combat social inequality by ensuring everyone has the chance to gain the skills and access they need to make the most of the internet. Since 2010, Good Things Foundation has helped more than 2 million people. Find out more at



Leading better lives

The South Bucks Community Hospice opens new £4.8m facility in High Wycombe

Last month saw the official unveiling of Butterfly House, The South Bucks Community Hospice’s brand new £4.8m specialist facility in High Wycombe.

The 15,000 square foot building, situated on the former Kingswood School site, brings all of the charity’s services under one roof and also allows the Hospice to expand. The services that are available to over 320,000 people is extensive, ranging from day care services, care for those with life-limiting illnesses and bereavement counselling to palliative mental health and care and specialist Lymphoedema treatment. The centre also specialises in care provision for younger adults aged from 16 to 28.

As well as a network of shops and other fund raising initiatives, part of the funding comes through the two reuse centres which operate from the household recycling centres at Aston Clinton and High Heavens in Wycombe. A 15-strong team of volunteers at both centres comb through the waste that comes in, looking at what can be salvaged and re-sold. Items include bikes, household items, garden and sports equipment, books, CDs and furniture. Last year more than 600 tonnes of items were taken to the re-use shops, saving them from going to waste and helping the charity too.

Next time you are visiting either Aston Clinton or High Heavens, why not drop into the re-use shops and see if you can grab a bargain. The money raised goes to help a great cause.

For further information about The South Bucks Community Hospice visit and to see the range of items available through the reuse shops click on

Acute Kidney Injury: awareness for all

If you are over 65 and already have kidney disease you are more likely to develop Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), so it’s important to be aware of the signs and get checked out by your GP.

AKI may also occur after complications from another serious illness or in people who have had a recent operation. However, it can affect anyone and getting yourself checked out early is key.

Symptoms of AKI include;

  • high temperature
  • feeling sweaty
  • aches and pains in the muscles
  • not passing urine in a 24 hour period

You should seek out medical advice from your GP if you find yourself or someone you know is experiencing one or more of these symptoms to get diagnosed quickly. That way treatment can start and you should have a faster recovery.

Did you know…?

Your kidneys;

  • remove waste and water from your blood – producing urine
  • keep the bones healthy
  • look after blood pressure
  • stimulate the bone marrow to make blood

To find out more... click here!

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Save your life in 20 minutes…

If you are aged between 40 – 74 and live in Bucks you are eligible* to a Free NHS Health Check.

You may want to keep yourself healthy for a number of reasons: family, job, fitness, but whatever it is then you should spare 20 minutes, book an appointment with your GP or via the website.

The Health Check is a straightforward assessment where your blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI and lifestyle are assessed by your GP or healthcare professional. Afterwards you’ll get an info/ results pack which includes advice and suggestions on what to do next should you need it.  

Contact your GP for an appointment or book your appointment here today

* Find out more about eligibility

New films aim to raise awareness of dementia

Two new short films aiming to raise awareness of dementia, particularly for people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds, are now available for members of the public to view online.

The locally made films form part of ongoing work by NHS Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups, together with Buckinghamshire County Council and NHS England South Central, to reduce stigma of the condition and raise awareness within diverse communities. The aim is for individuals to benefit from early diagnosis and be supported to live independently in their own home for longer.

The films were screened at a special launch event held at Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) over the summer.

One film, ‘Living Well With Memories’ features clinical advice on the importance of early diagnosis, prevention and management of dementia, including practical day-to-day tips and guidance on support available.

The other, entitled ‘My Life, My Memories’, focuses on the experiences of several people affected by dementia from different communities within the Buckinghamshire area. It offers a number of insights into the way cultural sensitivities can allow for more effective care for patients.

The screenings were followed by a Q&A sessions with a panel of key members of the project which included GPs who gave advice and insight into the challenges surrounding dementia and caring for someone with the condition.

The films can be viewed at the following links:

Living Well With Memories

My Life, My Memories 

Scheme increases the number of Safe Places for vulnerable people

The Safe Place scheme, a partnership between Buckinghamshire County Council, Wycombe, Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils, Thames Valley Police and many local voluntary organisations has been working hard to increase the number of safe places across the county.

By enlisting the help of local businesses and organisations the scheme provides a safe haven for vulnerable residents when they are out in their communities. The scheme provides reassurance so that vulnerable residents have a safe way to alert someone of a potential risk or emergency if they are out alone.

Many of the existing safe places are restaurants, smaller local shops, chemists or libraries, all familiar places to many vulnerable people. Staff are provided with very easy training to enable them to assist if someone asks for help and are supported by the Community Safety team.

We’re running some information sessions next week so please come along to find out more:

Tuesday 3 October – Chesham Library

Wednesday 4 October – Wycombe Library

Thursday 5 October – Wendover Library

Friday 6 October – Burnham Library


All sessions run between 10.30am and 2pm and free refreshments will be available.

Safe Places are easily identified by their scheme sticker which is usually placed in a front window or on the main door. You can find a list of the current Safe Places on our website

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