‘There is al­ways some­thing to do’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Uni­ver­sal Care in Beaconsfield is cel­e­brat­ing its 30th an­niver­sary by sup­port­ing 30 lo­cal and na­tional char­i­ties over 30 weeks from April 4 to Oc­to­ber 28. Each char­ity will re­ceive a cash do­na­tion and free use of Uni­ver­sal Care’s con­fer­ence room to use as it wishes dur­ing its al­lo­cated week. Each week, this pa­per will show­case one of the 30 char­i­ties. The 15th char­ity be­ing sup­ported is The Princes Cen­tre which has the con­fer­ence room on Thurs­day July 21.

THE Princes Cen­tre, sit­u­ated in the heart of Princes Ris­bor­ough, is an award-win­ning char­ity pro­vid­ing a day ser­vice for el­derly peo­ple in the lo­cal area.

The cen­tre of­fers a va­ri­ety of stim­u­lat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, men­tal health is­sues and any form of mem­ory loss.

It is also an op­por­tu­nity for so­cial­is­ing as well as a much needed break for fam­ily car­ers, en­abling them to go shop­ping, at­tend ap­point­ments, go to lunch with friends, safe in the knowl­edge that their loved ones are be­ing cared for by trained staff and vol­un­teers at the cen­tre.

Ac­tiv­i­ties range from paint­ing and cook­ing to bowl­ing and swim­ming.

Vis­i­tors are also of­fered a fan­tas­tic va­ri­ety of freshly cooked meals at a very rea­son­able price.

For a small fee, the cen­tre of­fers a door-to-door mini bus ser­vice, which in­cludes a carer/es­cort on the bus, pro­vid­ing re­as­sur­ance on the jour­ney if the fam­ily carer is un­able to es­cort their loved one to the cen­tre.

There are more than 30 vol­un­teers who help out on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, 10 of whom are trus­tees in­volved in the man­age­ment, devel­op­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity of the Princes Cen­tre.

We also em­ploy 14 ded­i­cated and car­ing staff.

Hav­ing won three Dig­nity Awards in the last three years and win­ning Com­mu­nity Project of the Year with Wy­combe District Coun­cil in 2015, the Princes Cen­tre has also re­cently been nom­i­nated for the Queen’s award in 2016.

The cen­tre is a great place to so­cialise and make new friends and meet up with old ac­quain­tances, with some friend­ships con­tin­u­ing out of the day cen­tre.

Our guests can try out many ac­tiv­i­ties, bak­ing, flower ar­rang­ing, art, crafts, mem­ory games and many oth­ers. There is al­ways some­thing to do and peo­ple to chat to.

Fees start from £30 a day and the cen­tre of­fers a free trial day to any­one want­ing to come and ex­pe­ri­ence a day at the cen­tre and this can eas­ily be ar­ranged by tele­phon­ing Kim Challi­nor on 01844 345 105 or visit www.princes­cen­tre.org.uk.

Flo­ral ar­range­ments: Joyce and Candy at the Princes Cen­tre

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