We are still basking in the pleasure of
having received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service but are not standing
still. We continue to give as much input into the Princes Centre as possible
and are very grateful for all the support we get from the community. The
trustees are working to produce a 5 year business plan to secure the long term
growth and success of both the Princes Risborough and the Bourne End Centres.
Our wonderful choir, the Jinglers, recently
gave another inspirational concert at St Mary’s Church during Festival week.
The trustees are very appreciative of the skills of Sue Newton, one of our
staff, and also of the many volunteers who help her with this activity which
provides such a good link with the local community. The Jinglers also visit
nursing homes and Day Centres to entertain others.
During the last few weeks, some of our clients have
been out and about to various places. These included a trip to the Green Dragon
Eco Farm where our younger clients met up with the animals there and had a
picnic. They have also been going regularly to play bowls at Hazell’s Bowls
Club in Aylesbury. They are really enjoying this activity. Others are attending
the Adult Learning College for cooking sessions. Some clients have had a ‘Lads
Day Out’ going by train to Aylesbury and enjoying a pub lunch. Georgia, a Psychology MA student from Stirling
University, and her assistant Gabby, have begun a virtual reality ‘Swimming
with Dolphins’ trial with some of our clients who enjoy swimming.
Those not venturing out have
enjoyed a visit from ‘Elvis’ who entertained everyone, including our Bourne End
clients who were brought over for lunch and to share the afternoon’s
entertainment. We’ve also had the Blue Grass Band to entertain the clients and
everyone thought they gave a very good performance and created a wonderful atmosphere.
Bourne End clients are
delighted with their brand new minibus. Apart from raising our street cred and
advertising the Princes Centre, it has also given the clients the reassurance
that people in need in that area will always have somewhere to go for Day Care.
Carers, especially, will be relieved to know that there is a facility available
to give them precious respite from their caring responsibilities. We are
working towards getting more of their local residents involved with the Centre.
The reconsruction and
refurbishment project taking place in the Lower Hall area is coming along well
with work progressing on the new porch, entrance area and toilet block. The
contractors are curently installing a new staircase to enable the loft space to
be used for storage. We will hopefully have it all sorted by the end of the
year at the very latest although it may well be possible to use it sooner. The
outside shelter area has been completed and the trustees are looking to getting
a new security system installed.
The trustees are very
grateful for grants received from the Sherling Charitable Trust, the Shanly
Foundation and a pledge from the Edward Gostling Foundation which are all being
used to help with the funding of the Lower Hall project.
If you would like to book the
hall or support the work of the Princes Centre in any way, please contact our
manager, Kim Challinor on 01844 345105.