Stop Press- The Princes Centre wins Queens Award for Voluntary Services
The Princes Centre’s volunteers based in Princes Risborough & Bourne End have been honoured with the Queens Award for voluntary service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The Princes Centre is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nomination and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.
Kim Challinor Manager of the Princes Centre said “everyone involved in the centre, past & present are delighted that the centre has been recognised and I would like to pay tribute to all the hard work and commitment of all our volunteers but particularly the trustees”.
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“We take a person-centred approach and treat every client as an individual”.
The Princes Centre provides day care for older people who may feel lonely or isolated, and for younger people with special needs. This also offers an opportunity for valuable respite for their carers. The Centre takes a personalised approach and in the first instance will discuss with the individual their own needs and what they would like to gain from attending the Princes Centre. This also allows the staff to gain an understanding of the amount and type of support the individual might need to ensure that they can have the most positive experience at the Centre.
A plan is then created outlining what they would require, including such things as their personal care needs. This plan will include a personal risk assessment, outlining any possible risks that may arise in their attendance at the Centre, and what action would be needed to minimise these risks.
The Centre takes a planned goal-setting approach and each individual is encouraged to discuss and agree what their individual goals might be. This could be as simple as getting out of the house and meeting people for an older, isolated person, or more complex targets such as learning the skills needed to leave home and live independently for a person with learning disabilities. The staff at the Centre work proactively to help clients work towards their personal goals.