Outstanding attitude at day care centre wins award

Bucks Free Press: The Jinglers. Sue is on the second row on the left. The Jinglers. Sue is on the second row on the left.

A WOMAN who set up a choir called The Jinglers has been recognised for her good work.

Sue Newton, who works at The Princes Centre in Princes Risborough, was given the award for setting up the choir for day care members.

She was awarded for outstanding attitude or initiative by an individual who has gone the extra mile to support and improve the wellbeing of clients

The second award the centre picked up at the Dignity in Care Conference held at the Oculus in Aylesbury was for the organisation itself.

It is a social enterprise which was formed following the proposed closure of the centre by Bucks County Council and the withdrawal of the Red Cross in May 2012.

It provides day care provision for older people, people with learning and physical disabilities and people with mental health problems.

The centre has grown exponentially in the past 18 months and is now working at full capacity.

However, with the recruitment of additional staff it can now support even more people.

Manager Kim Challinor said: "We set ourselves a maximum capacity target when we first started operating in June 2012 and we have recently achieved that. We can increase these numbers now because we have recruited even more staff and can now offer additional support to even more vulnerable people.

"The centre is a fabulous opportunity for those not only requiring support on a day to day basis, but also for those at risk of becoming isolated but who enjoy socialising with others and exploring new opportunities. Of course we pride ourselves in offering a unique service to everyone with the highest level of dignity and respect.".

The centre opens Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. To find out more call 01844 345105 or email enquiries@princescentre.org.uk

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