Welcome to BACO.
Thank you for taking the time to visit us. We hope you enjoy the experience and find it informative.
In 2009 BACO was delighted to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
This prestigious National Honour, which is equivalent to the MBE, sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, and the activities of those awarded have been judged of the highest standard.
For further details on the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service go to: QAVS
Who are we?
BACO is a Registered Charity and a wholly voluntary organisation. We aim to help offenders break their cycle of criminal behaviour and re-integrate back into society.
BACO originated as the Bucks Discharged Prisoners’ Aid Society, BDPAS, in 1948 or earlier. The earliest archived documents are minutes of a Committee meeting dated 6th April 1948.
At the AGM of the BDPAS on the 7th October 1971 a resolution was passed changing the name to the Bucks Association for the Care of Offenders, BACO.
The change of name to BACO was registered with the Charity Commission on the 23rd February 1972
Our President is HM Lord Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher Bt., and our Patron is the Bishop of Buckingham, the Right Reverend Dr. Alan Wilson.
We provide grants to serving prisoners, ex-offenders and their families living within the County of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. Requests for assistance come through the Probation Service, the BACO Support Service in prisons, and other charitable organisations.
We are affiliated to the National Association for the Care of Offenders - NACRO – changing lives, reducing crime.
We work in co-operation with both the Prison Service and Probation, but independently of both. We hold seminars to raise our profile and bring issues of concern and interest in the field of criminal justice to a wider audience.
We have a solid body of supporters, but seek to expand this, and for a nominal annual subscription of £20 we offer membership to those who share our aims.
Bucks Association for the Care of Offenders
Registered Charity No. 263573