From building bridges to pianist wanted: volunteering in Buckingham

Interested in helping your community? There's a huge number of community groups in Buckingham - each one powered by a small army of volunteers.

Whether you want to help build literal bridges, provide fun and support for young carers, play the piano for a panto, greet museum visitors, or be a projectionist at the cinema there's a community group in Buckingham that would love to have your help!

At this year’s Celebrate Buckingham Day, Buckingham Town Council filmed interviews with eight different community groups about their opportunities to volunteer in Buckingham and shared the results on their YouTube channel.

The video makes up part of our fantastic new web page promoting and supporting local community groups – offering them opportunities to recruit volunteers for free, share what they’re doing and apply for grants.

Chair of the Communications Strategy Working Group Cllr. Jon Harvey said that: “Volunteering is the lifeblood of our town. This has been even more apparent during the last few months when many, many people stepped forward to help their neighbours, strangers and the wider community as we all faced extraordinary and difficult times together.

Your Town Council is committed to doing all that we can to nurture, support and develop volunteering in our town. We keep track of local organisations that need volunteers and endeavour to connect people’s desires to ‘do something for others’ with those organisations that need willing volunteers.

Don’t forget research shows that volunteering has a positive effect on our mental health and wellbeing. Volunteering is good for everyone: the volunteers, the people benefitting from the work and our whole community!"

£28,481 given to charities and voluntary groups in Buckingham

In May 2021, the Town Council gave grants totalling £28,481 to projects and activities beneficial to the people of Buckingham.

Due to the profound impact of Coronavirus on Buckingham, some of last year's grant projects were not able to take place and the funding that had been awarded was unclaimed. Unused funding from the previous year was made available to 2021/22 applicants in order to help groups impacted by Coronavirus bounce back stronger than ever.

Two projects from last year are also continuing through 2021 due to changes of circumstances. This includes Swan Community Hub’s Job Club: giving extra support to residents who have lost their job and would benefit from completely free help with job applications, CVs and interview practice.

This year the Town Council is supporting: after school activities for young people, financial advice, palliative and end of life nursing care at home, a classical music festival, LED lighting, installation of a baby change table, bus trips for isolated people and much more.

Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley met the grants recipients’ outdoors on the 14th June to distribute the grant cheques and hear more about the projects that are being funded. Cllr. Gateley said that “It was a great pleasure to meet representatives from many of the voluntary groups which support and enrich our community.  These organisations have been especially important and have made a real difference during the difficult time experienced by many people over the last year. It is good that the Town Council is able to support them as they continue their work in the coming year.”

For full details of the amounts given and to whom, please see the table below:

Citizens Advice Bucks£ 5,346 per annum
(3 year grant)
Free expert advice on a range of issues including financial advice.
Bucks Youth Clubs Ltd£ 5,200 per annum
(3 year grant)
After school youth sessions and trips for young people with trained staff
Buckingham Old Gaol£ 3,000 per annum
(3 year grant)
Maintaining this unique museum and it’s local history exhibits
Buckingham Summer Festival£ 2,000Summer classical music festival
Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity£ 2,000Palliative and end of life care in Buckingham.
Stowe Sub Aqua Club£ 1,500Increasing banked air capacity so more people can take part
Buckingham West End Bowls Club£ 1,500LED lighting to improve environmental impact of building.
Buckingham Area Rural Transport£ 1,200Trips into Buckingham by bus from rural areas
Project Street Life£ 1,200Residential activities weekend away for young people
Buckingham Lawn Tennis Club£ 1,000Repainting and relining of the Tennis courts
Chandos Park Bowls Club£ 1,000Bowling green maintenance
The Slade Recreation Club£ 1,000Replacement of fire doors
Friends of the Old Gaol£ 830Museum bathroom refurbishment including baby changing table
Buckingham Churches Children's Holiday Club£ 750Insurance, copying and other admin costs
Open House£ 600Supports people who are no longer carers. Transport costs for day trips for members
Buckingham & District Angling Association£ 355Repair of fishing areas and access pathways
TOTAL:£ 28,481

Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley, met the grants recipients to hand out their awards in June 2021