Our Ambition

1. Our Ambition

  • We want to help people to help themselves by promoting well-being and self-reliance at all stages of their lives.
  • We want to support vulnerable people to be safe, in control, and to make choices about how they want to live.
  • We want to support communities to be strong, healthy, safe and resilient.
  • We want to ensure that people in Buckinghamshire are supported in the best way and given the right support at the right time, while at the same time making sure our services are sustainable for the future.

One of the ways we want to do this is by developing meaningful and appropriate day and employment opportunities in the community to enable people to live fulfilling lives. We want to support a culture of choice for individuals rather than the current culture of dependency and having to fit in to services.

We want to ensure that in the future, people in Buckinghamshire are supported in the best way and given the right support at the right time. At the same time we need to make sure our services represent value for money and are sustainable for the future.

2. Documents

Please click on the relevant attachment to open:

  • Key documents

Guide to the Care Act 2014 (in Easy Read format)

  • Questions and answers
  • Minutes of meetings

Orchard House meeting notes - held on 17 July 2017

Short Breaks provision meeting notes - held on 2 August 2017

Day Opportunities provision meeting notes - held on 8 August 2017

  • Copies of letters sent to clients, parents and carers

Future of Orchard House - Invitation to co-design workshops 21 July 2017

Fulfilling Lives update letter following the workshops 21 August 2017

Engagement Officer introduction letter 24 October 2017



3. Contacts

Fulfilling Lives - Buckinghamshire County Council

Email: fulfillinglives@buckscc.gov.uk


Bucks Service User and Carer Organisation (SUCO)

Contact name: Debra Robinson

Telephone: 0300 7772711 

Email: debra.robinson@suco.org.uk

Website: www.suco.org.uk

Project role: SUCO is the Service User and Carer Organisation and Debra Robinson is the Development Worker, who will support the service users and carers involved in the Bucks County Council Respite Care and Day Services Engagement.  Debra is available to talk to on the telephone, or via email and is happy to meet with any parent carer to offer the support of SUCO in enabling the service users and carers to have their voices heard, helping the local authorities to make informed decisions about the future of the range of day services and respite offerings.  


Carers Bucks

Contact name: Sally Hearn

Telephone: 01296 392711

Email: Sally.hearn@carersbucks.org

Website: www.carerbucks.org

Project role: Carers Bucks role through the project is to work with all involved to support parents/family carers as the project progresses and to share the thoughts and perspective of carers to help shape the project.



Contact name: Alex Britton

Telephone: 01494 434448

Email: alex.britton@talkback-uk.com

Website: www.talkback-uk.com

Project role: Talkback will ensure that we support people with a learning disability through the change process and transition of the current Day Opportunities consultation process by creating appropriate safe environments for people to speak up through a range of individual, group and peer support/advocacy. A range of creative approaches will be utilized to support people to express their real views and contribute to change that will affect their lives.


4. Updates

Please see below for the most recent updates on the Fulfilling Lives project:

5. Case Studies

The following case studies show how services might be different in the future:


Mel is a 30 year old lady who attends the centre at Aylesbury 2 days per week. She is physically able and has a mild learning disability.  She spends a lot of her time in the centre helping both staff and clients and enjoys and benefits from a helping role.  Staff from her supported living drop her off and pick her up.

Mel could be supported to undertake a role in the community voluntarily which could lead to paid work. She would learn new skills and her self-esteem would be boosted. Mel would love to use her people skills to volunteer with others that need help for example, in a nursery, hospital, charity shop or a library. She would initially need a Personal Assistant to attend with her, until her confidence develops and support her to get to know her role well. She has the potential to be able to use public transport independently after some travel training. She would need some close supervision if she was to be unsupported in her job role.


Joe is a 19 years old he attends the centre at Buckingham 1 day a week and Thrift 2 days per week. He travels via taxi services. Joe has 2 Personal Assistants that support him in the community. He lives at home with his Mum and Dad. Joe is physically able and has autism/autistic traits with some challenging behaviours. It is a rare to see Joe display these behaviours and this is usually if he’s not stimulated with activities he likes.

Joe is able to access the community and it would be ideal for him to go to activities within the community such as swimming, going to the gym, shopping, and other groups where he is able to socialise such as gaming groups and other sports. With the right support he could maintain a regular position of voluntary work as Joe really enjoys helping others and having a purpose in an environment. This could be in a pet shop, café or type of retail that he could contribute in. He would need support from PA’s to work towards this initially and hopefully through time he could manage independently when in a routine.



Freddie is a 29 year man who is very happy living at home with his mum and dad. Freddie has cerebral palsy, severe learning difficulties and epilepsy.  Freddie uses a moulded (specialist seat) Neo wheelchair and needs to be hoisted to change position. Freddie is doubly incontinent and requires personal care to be carried out by 2 carers (using a hoist and changing bed). Freddie needs one to one support to be able to have a drink and something eat. During the day it is likely that Freddie may have an epileptic seizure, therefore medication must be administered by trained staff. Freddie is non-verbal and he has severe learning difficulties. He is vulnerable and will not recognise when he faces danger from hazardous situations or unscrupulous carers. He will always need to be with carers he recognises and carers who understand his needs.

Attending a building-based service provides a safe environment for Freddie. It is also a place where he can receive regular physiotherapy which enables him to live the healthiest life he is able to do. The physiotherapist is able to monitor Freddie's scoliosis in his spine and signpost any potential health difficulties to his family. Freddie enjoys going into the community with a carer he knows for planned activities and may benefit from planned, increased opportunities in the community whilst retaining a building base to return to.

Freddie loves to be able to have a short break  in a respite unit, supported by trained and caring staff with the opportunity to spend time with his friends. It is also an opportunity for Freddy's family to catch up on sleep, see other family members and to prepare themselves for Freddy's return after his short break. This enables Freddie and his family to remain together in the family home.