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PPG Provide Colourful Communities

Volunteer gardeners at the Pioneering Care Centre continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of local people and businesses who have helped to make the community garden thrive. The community garden is accessible with a number of grey breeze block raised bed that were in need of a make-over. PPG Industries from Aycliffe Business Park came to the rescue. Not only did they donate the paint the staff even gave up some of their free time and paint the raise beds for us! PPG is the world’s leading paint, coatings and specialty materials producer and they provided a range of pastel colours to enhance the area and create a colourful yet calming environment for local people.

PPG Industries, as part of their global Colourful Communities project, have donated an astounding 10,000 gallons of paint and supported communities with 18,600 hours of volunteering. PPG describes the Colourful Communities project is a mix of four essential ingredients: a community need, a local partner, passionate PPG employees and PPG products.

Kevin Mitchell of PPG Industries said “Following a tour of the community garden I felt inspired to help out. Each of the beds had coloured signs, designed by people with learning disabilities, this was a practical way to help the tutors and gardeners distinguish between them. We decided if the entire raised bed was painted a specific colour it would be easier to give directions and also make the garden more vibrant, especially in the winter months”.

Carol Gaskarth from PCP explained, “We were thrilled that a local company was able to support the community garden in such a practical way. They brought a team of staff who volunteered to paint the raised beds and in additional Together 21, a project supporting children with Down syndrome, also helped out – although they did get in a bit of a mess – I’m sure their parents didn’t mind too much! PPG Industries as a company is a real asset to Newton Aycliffe and the surrounding area and their ‘essential ingredients’ for community support is aligned with PCP’s values and principles. I hope we are able continue working together on even more projects to benefit the community in the future.”

For further information about PCP please contact us at the Pioneering Care Centre, Carer’s Way, Newton Aycliffe,DL5 4SF tel: 01325 321234 email: enquiries@pcp.uk.net website: www.pcp.uk.net.

Picture shows: Gordon Zabrecky, Kevin Mitchell, Phil Webb, Krista Zabrecky, Chris Barnes, Ben Sadler, Marie Cockerill, John Heywood, Steve Carr, Gary Smith, Sam Sunderham, Julie Bowtell with staff and children from Together 21.

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Christmas Craft Fair and Family Event

PCP’s annual Christmas Craft Fair is taking place on Saturday 18 November 10am-1pm in the Pioneering Care Centre, Newton Aycliffe.

This craft fair has something for everyone; enjoy a relaxed Christmas shopping experience and take part in free family activities, such as making your own festive displays using fresh foliage and card making. Explore the stalls selling jewelry, decorations, delicious homemade foods and find unique handmade Christmas gifts for family, friends and loved ones.

Last year hundreds of local residents gathered together to shop, make family decorations and visit Santa. Visitors had the chance to enjoy festive music from local performance groups with face-painting and seasonal stalls in the Mall to pick up early presents.

Melanie Fordham, PCP Chair commented, “PCP’s Christmas Craft Fair is a really special event, there is something for everyone and the Centre is always a hive of activity. It is great opportunity for people to call into the Pioneering Care Centre and find out about what we do, try their hand at arts and crafts or visit the coffee shop.”

For further information visit the Pioneering Care Centre, Carer’s Way, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 4SF, tel: 01325 321234, email: enquiries@pcp.uk.net or visit: www.pcp.uk.net

Or follow PCP on Twitter: @PioneeringCare and Facebook: /PCPandCentre

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Super Shed is Open!

After four months of planning, designing, redesigning, asking for support and working with some amazing local people, volunteers and businesses the PCP Super Shed is now ready and open for use by local people at the Pioneering Care Centre.

The Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP) Chief Executive, Carol Gaskarth, welcomed to the garden those who were involved in making it happen to an opening celebration on Monday.

Designers and main builders, the Greenfield Cree Men placed a plaque on the shed thanking Palram and BTS Fabrications, Cemex without whose help the Shed would not look so spectacular…in fact it would have no foundations and be roofless!

The Community Gardeners and Volunteers were really excited to see this colourful shed ready in time for the long cold winter as it will enable them to continue growing and learning even during poor weather. Melanie Fordham, PCP Chairperson, formally opened the shed congratulating the hard work and dedication of the CREE men and volunteers, thanking the funders for their support (GAMP, livin and NCS) saying that this huge shed is a true community effort which would not have been achieved without local businesses coming to our rescue – a true team effort.

The new custom build fully accessible shed will make an enormous difference for the would-be gardeners. If you would like a tour of the garden or to find out about the gardening courses and how to get involved please contact Fiona Mawson on 01325 321234 email fiona.mawson@pcp.uk.net.

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Options Summer Festival Success

In the region of 800 people from all over County Durham attended this year’s Option’s family fundraiser event at the Pioneering Care Centre.

Options is a group for adults with learning disabilities and members worked hard planning, baking, leaflet dropping, raffle prize obtaining and decorating in the lead up to the event.

They were also busy manning stalls, welcoming visitors, serving afternoon tea and performing a very special dance routine on the day, which you can see on YouTube: https://youtu.be/cqrzPP-yOHw

Their hard work paid off though as they raised an astonishing £XXXX that will go towards new resources and activities for the group.

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Workplace Health and Wellbeing Seminar

An interactive and informative seminar for Aycliffe businesses will be held at the Xcel Centre on Tuesday 13 October 2017 between 8.15-10.30am.

The free event is organised by PCP’s Better Health at Work Award team with the support of Business Durham and Aycliffe Business Park. It aims to provide companies and their employees with information about improving staff health, wellbeing and morale.

Attendees will benefit from a healthy breakfast, some interactive sessions and information about the Better Health at Work Award (BHAWA) and how it can create a healthier, happier workplace; as well as a healthy economic advantage.

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Coffee and Crafts for Macmillan

Our popular craft fair and coffee morning fundraiser returns on Friday 29th September, 10.00am – 1.00pm.

The Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is now an annual event at the Pioneering Care Centre. In addition to the refreshments sold in the Mall Coffee Shop  there will be stalls selling locally homemade crafts and baked goods.

All donations will help towards making sure no one has to face cancer alone, from the moment they’re diagnosed, through treatment and beyond.

Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face. And as treatments improve, more and more people are living with cancer in their daily lives.

So please try to pop along and support this great cause. Buy a piece of cake and a coffee, browse the interesting stalls selling unique produce and find out what’s available to improve your health and wellbeing, reducing your risk of ill health.

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