‘There is always something to do’
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