PRIZE VEGETABLES ARE A WINNER FOR CHARITY

Prize vegetables are a winner for charity. Competition vegetable grower Bill Temple donates £50 of prize winnings to specialist autism care provider’s charity of the year.

PRIZE VEGETABLES ARE A WINNER FOR CHARITY

After winning first, second, third and best in show at Dunscroft Vegetable Competition, Bill donated a portion of his cash winnings to the Goldcrest House charity of the year, The Green Team in Goole.

Ralph Parish, registered manager at Goldcrest House says: “Bill is a real friend of Goldcrest House, he gets involved and visits when he can. Recently he learnt that some of our service users volunteer at The Green Team, a local charity that provides horticultural services, a subject very close to his heart. The donation is gratefully received and will go towards ensuring the charity can continue and maintain its services throughout Goole helping the vulnerable look after their gardens.”

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.


GOLDCREST CREATE A SOOTHING ENVIRONMENT

Goldcrest house create a soothing environment with the development of a very special multi-sensory room to create a haven where service users can relax.

GOLDCREST CREATE A SOOTHING ENVIRONMENTThe specially designed room offers a multi-sensory experience with soothing lighting, sounds and textures proven to ease anxiety, encourage communication, and generally stimulate the senses.

Ralph Parish, manager at Goldcrest says: “The new room is a place where any individual at Goldcrest House, service user or staff, can go and relax. It shuts out the noise or stimulus from everyday activities within their environment, and replaces it with an experience of lighting and music that can be modified to suit their needs. It really is a nice place to go to get away from it all.

“Some of our service users go to have fun with the lighting, others go to listen to music, it can be an exciting place or a relaxing place, but importantly it’s there for each and every individual to use as they wish.”

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.


GOLDCREST HOUSE MAKE IT HAPPEN

Goldcrest House make it happen by developing person-centred activity plans via a monthly consultation called ‘You said we did’.

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The consultation with service users encourages open communication that discusses each and every individuals’ thoughts and wishes about how they would like to engage and participate with the wider community and their friends.

During one consultation the wish to visit York Railways Museum and a trip to Flamingo Land was requested. A visit to America was also discussed, which unfortunately couldn’t happen, but not deterred the next best thing, an American themed evening held at the house.

Ralph Parish, registered manager at Goldcrest House says: “We have always consulted with our service users to understand and learn of their individual needs. However in this instance we have made the consultation part a fun group activity. It’s one of the highlights in our monthly calendar and is thoroughly embraced by all service users eager to discuss their thoughts.”

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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.


VOLUNTEER RECOGNISED FOR COMMITMENT

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.

VOLUNTEER RECOGNISED FOR COMMITMENT

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.