We are pleased to introduce our ‘Buckinghamshire: Uncovered’ report series, where we will lift the lid on some of the challenges faced in a county that are too often masked by reliance on statistical averages and pockets of extreme wealth. By delving into the data and statistics, as well as personal anecdotes and stories, we will paint a comprehensive picture of the county today.

Join us as we uncover the complexities and realities of life within Buckinghamshire and these disparities compared to the wider UK.

Homelessness

Everyone deserves a warm and safe home. However, not everyone currently has equal opportunity and access to suitable and affordable housing in Buckinghamshire. Inability to access housing that is truly affordable leads to homelessness and the numbers impacted are increasing to pre-pandemic levels.

Air Quality

Air quality is an integral part of our wider environment and ecosystems and can have a direct affect on personal wellbeing and health. In this report we delve into understanding the impact our air quality is having on the Buckinghamshire environment, actions being taken to improve things and what more we could be doing.

Cost of Living Crisis

Buckinghamshire is often portrayed as an affluent county, but in reality the national picture of the Cost of Living crisis is clearly reflected across our county. This report provides a deeper understanding of  geographical inequalities, financial insecurities, housing costs, energy and food poverty being experienced everyday by the people who call Bucks home.

Our Ageing Population

Older people in Buckinghamshire play an intrinsic, vibrant, and pivotal role across our county. This report uncovers statistics relating to our older population in Buckinghamshire, makes comparisons to national data, highlights future challenges, and showcases opportunities within our communities that empower the lives of our older population.

Introduction report – 2023

Buckinghamshire: Uncovered is powered by the Bucks Data Exchange, using data to evidence local needs and challenges. We will also be talking to people in our communities, helping to bring these issues to life. Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, this project is a long-term commitment by Heart of Bucks to listen, engage, and act to support our county.

Full report – 2020

Heart of Bucks have collected local and national data on Buckinghamshire in order to make comparisons within the county. In addition to informing us and our supporters of the needs locally, we also hope our findings will help other local organisations make Buckinghamshire a better place to live, work and take part in leisure activities.

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First SWEF grant changes the life of a young entrepreneur in Buckinghamshire

Heart of Bucks is delighted to announce that the first SWEF Enterprise Fund grant has been awarded to a young entrepreneur in Buckinghamshire and it’s already changing the future of his business. Lewis – the owner of Primary Pressure was awarded a grant of £1,400 from SWEF, a national charity initiative, aimed at enhancing the […]

The 4th Beaconsfield Scouts Accessible Outdoor Area

Group: The 4th Beaconsfield Scouts Project: Inclusive and accessible outdoor eating and learning area Grant:  £10,000 Fund: General Fund With funding from Heart of Bucks, The 4th Beaconsfield Scouts transformed their outside space into an accessible and inclusive outdoor eating/learning area. Having recently created a ‘Reflection room’ where neurodiverse members can go to to relax […]

Join our team – Programmes Officer

Help us to make a difference in Buckinghamshire! We are looking for someone to join our friendly Programmes team! As a Programmes Officer, you will help us ensure that we maintain our reputation for excellent delivery of funding programmes to the VCSE sector. Our programmes range from those helping to address health inequalities or community […]

Wycombe Multicultural Organisation Saturday School

Group: Wycombe Multicultural Organisation Project: Saturday School Grant:  £5,000 Fund: The Wyke Fund Since 1997, Wycombe Multicultural Organisation (WMCO) have run a Saturday School service for disadvantaged and vulnerable children aged 5-16 years from primarily African Caribbean. Pupils are targeted from low-income households, who are eligible for free school meals, and through a network of […]

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Access Support Fund

We want to make sure that there are as few barriers as possible to groups looking to apply for funding from Heart of Bucks. If our grant applications are not easy for you to access because of challenges with reading, language, vision, sensory processing, disability or difficulties doing things online, you can request a grant […]

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Akshata Murty visits Buckinghamshire charities and community groups

Heart of Bucks were delighted to showcase a small selection of Buckinghamshire charities and community groups to Akshata Murty, wife of the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Thursday 7 March. Accompanied by Heart of Bucks CEO Henry Allmand, and Trustee Pippa Kirkbride, the day started at Weston Turville Church of England Primary School. Mrs Murty […]

B P Collins fund reaches £100,000 in grants

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£2m match-funding challenge announced at Chequers event marking 25 years of supporting the local community

Heart of Bucks Community Foundation was delighted to open the celebrations of our 25th anniversary with a special event at Chequers, the country home of the Prime Minister. By kind permission of Mr Sunak and Mrs Murty, Heart of Bucks hosted a drinks reception entertaining many private local philanthropists who have supported our Foundation during […]