A Very Special Day at Goldcrest House

We had a very special day at Goldcrest House.

We celebrated a big 40 with one our service users and what a great time we all had.

After opening all of his cards and unwrapping presents the birthday money received was burning a hole in his pocket – so shopping trip here we go.

A special day at Goldcrest House

Shopping trip with birthday money.

We all love spending our birthday money, the freedom to buy whatever we like without budgeting!

As you can see from the jam-packed basket, it looks like a complete new season of fashion was purchased!

The clothes are now worn with pride every time we see him.

So happy to have been part of this very special day.

Volunteering Work Helps out in Goole

Goldcrest House service users embrace volunteering at the gardening services charity, The Green Team, to maintain the gardens of the elderly and disabled in Goole who are unable to do so themselves.

Jonathan supervised by a member of the Green Team whilst attending to allotment and greenhouse projects.

Jonathan supervised by a member of the Green Team whilst attending to allotment and greenhouse projects.

One such service user currently volunteering is Jonathan. Jonathan is a garden maintenance volunteer tending to domestic garden maintenance, such as pruning, lawn mowing and leaf clearance across the charity’s 350 customer base.

Cheryl Price, Volunteer Lead at The Green Team says: “Jonathan is an established member of our team and he is a pleasure to work with. He has developed significantly whilst he has been with us, particularly with his communication.

Without our volunteers we wouldn’t be able to fulfill our mission of improving the quality of life for people by reducing their stress through enabling their enjoyment of their gardens, supporting their safety and independence.”

Ralph Parish, registered manager at Goldcrest House says: “Jonathan loves his work with The Green Team, gardening is one of his passions. With thanks to The Green Team Jonathan benefits from learning new skills and taking part in something he loves whilst building his self-confidence and independence through helping others.”

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

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.

Spooky Craft Session for Halloween

We’re getting creative during a special craft activity for a spooky Halloween celebration at Goldcrest House.

Halloween crafts at Goldcrest House

Halloween crafts at Goldcrest House

During this fun activity service users got to grips not just with flowers and foliage but pumpkins.

Craft sessions are designed to improve hand-eye coordination, concentration, and memory skills as well as provide the opportunity to explore their own creative expression.

We always see very accomplished work at the end of these sessions. We have a creative bunch of people here.



One recent holiday to Scarborough held a major aspect of special interest for all of our service users during an educational visit.



The visit to Scarborough’s Rotunda Museum brought everyone face to face with a few ancient artifacts from the Bronze and Mesolithic Age, and lower Cretaceous period.

Also spotted was the Speeton Plesiosaur – a fantastic marine reptile from the lower Cretaceous period, found near Filey.


Ralph Parish, registered manager at Goldcrest House says: “It is our role to ensure our service users lives are enriched in any way possible.

They are used to visiting Scarborough but have never visited the museum. We thought it would be a good learning opportunity for them to understand a little bit more about the coastline they all love so much.”