Celebrating a very special rite of passage is the Goole gardening service charity, The Green Team, as it awards an official charity T-shirt to Goldcrest House volunteer Chris Coggins in recognition of his dedication and commitment to the charity.


Green Team volunteer William Eshelby, (right), with dedicated volunteer Chris Coggins (left) sharing a happy moment.

Wearing the uniform of the charity, Chris very much looks the part as he attends to gardening maintenance in Goole and the surrounding area to maintain the gardens of the elderly and disabled who are unable to do so themselves.

As part of a bespoke programme of personal development, created by Chris’s caring team at Goldcrest House, he now volunteers with The Green Team to advance his horticulture skills and practices via meaningful and structured work experience.

Cheryl Price, Volunteer Lead at The Green Team says: “We’re all really proud of Chris and the work he does. We wanted to show Chris how we are as dedicated to him as he is to us and thought wearing our uniform would provide him with an extra boost of confidence and certainty that he is part of The Team.”

Ralph Parish, registered manager at Goldcrest House says: “We’re all very proud of Chris and happy to see how a focus on individual needs can enable individuals such as Chris take part and become a valued member of this team.”

The Green Team is a registered charity offering volunteering opportunities to local people who then provide a low cost gardening service to older and disabled people living in Goole and the surrounding area.

The Green Team has recently secured funding to develop a wholly owned Community Interest Company and ‘volunteer journey’ project designed to train and prepare individuals for the job market, leading to the opportunity to apply for short term, paid employment working for the charity’s new commercial gardening service.


Goldcrest House service user Peter Holt is recognised by his peers as “Classmate of the Year” during an end of year vote at Goole College.Goldcrest House

Having recently completed a part-time entry level Skills for Further Learning and Employment the final day saw classmates vote on who they thought deserved recognition for their contribution to the class. Peter came out on top with the most votes based on his positive attitude to learning and his fellow classmates.

Peter Holt says: “I’m very happy to receive this recognition. I saw college as a chance to further my qualifications, to gain a better job in the future, and to develop new skills and meet new friends. I’ve now achieved much of what I set out to do.”

Danielle Ripley, co-ordinator for training, quality assurance, service user reviews & clinical wellbeing says: “Our long-term care plans are ultimately about enablement. Peter wanted to go to college to further his Maths and English skills as well as make new friends, we were keen to support Peter with his decision and make it happen for him. He has flourished during his time at the Goole College and the award is very deserved.”

Developing and maintaining relationships, learning new skills, and acquiring new knowledge are all part of the Goldcrest House mission to promote normalization and inclusion.

Exercise can be fun

Exercise doesn’t have to be boring and here at Goldcrest we make sure it is loads of fun.

Exercise is fun at Goldcrest HouseExercise is fun at Goldcrest House

As part of our long-term care plans each individual is supported by a bespoke programme of development that ranges from addressing their right to vote or work, to learning and gaining a qualification, developing life skills such as managing money or going shopping, or physical health through exercise.

Exercise is fun at Goldcrest HouseWe’re all about enablement, every need is catered for and so is the need for fun. Very much looking forward to our next session at the trampoline park


Goldcrest House co-ordinator for training, quality assurance, service user reviews & clinical wellbeing, Danielle Ripley develops her role to enhance the company’s service.

Commitment to quality is a full time job

Commitment to quality is a full time job

Danielle will now be responsible for developing a quality framework encompassing duties such as co-ordinating staff training, maintaining and meeting the Investors in People and Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards, service user reviews and clinical wellbeing.

The role further develops the person centred care already delivered at Goldcrest House by ensuring the correct administration and management systems and procedures are in place to support and safeguard staff and service users whilst addressing individual wants and needs.

Danielle Ripley says: “Developing my position and having the opportunity to not only develop my role but take a lead on quality is more than a job for me. To be able to maintain but strive to improve upon our service delivery is something I very much look forward to.”

Based on Boothferry Road Goldcrest House is a centre of excellence dedicated to addressing the individual needs of adults over 18 affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder and learning difficulties. It provides residential care, supported living, long and short term respite care, day services and outreach to meet the varied needs of those who access the service 52 weeks a year; its aim is to be the UK’s quality service of choice.