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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Calling all mums…

Healthwatch County Durham are looking into the choices women make about feeding their new babies. They want to know whether mums feel supported in their chosen way to feed their babies, be that breast, formula or a combination of the two. In addition to this they also want to hear from women who have smoked in pregnancy, or who live with someone who smokes.

Throughout September they will be engaging with parents to listen to their experiences of maternity services and making recommendations to the Clinical Commissioning Group that will inform future service development.

Please take a few moments to complete and / or share the following surveys:

Feeding your baby


Smoking in pregnancy


Memorial for Michael

Following the untimely death of, Michael Dalton, one of PCP’s longest standing Trustees, a plaque in his honour was unveiled at the Centre he loved, the Pioneering Care Centre.

Friends and supporters including H.M. Lord Lieutenant Mrs Sue Snowdon, The Right Honorable Lord Foster of Bishop Auckland, his wife Lady Anne, Phil Wilson MP, PCP Trustees and previous and current Chief Executives Jane Hartley and Carol Gaskarth were present to see the memorial take pride of place in the garden.

Micheal Dalton memorial

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livin support community ‘Super shed’

The community will soon have a custom-built ‘super shed’ at the Pioneering Care Centre thanks to local generosity.

Following an appeal for funds the PCP has reached its target, thanks to the kindness of local people and organisations including Great Aycliffe and Middridge Partnership (GAMP) and homes and communities organisation, livin.

Malcolm Gray, Community Investment Advisor for livin explained, “Going above and beyond the traditional duties of a housing organisation is important for us. Here at livin we work closely with our communities to improve employment and training opportunities and we were happy to support the development of a purpose built, fully accessible shed to help keen gardeners and volunteers hone their skills and learn more.”

One of PCP’s gardening volunteers, Jude Musgrave said, “I joined the gardening club 9 months ago and didn’t know anything about growing vegetables or organic gardening. I’m amazed at how much I’ve learnt! It’s good fun, we’re all different abilities and ages but importantly it gets you out of the house to meet new people. We help each other and the ‘super’ shed will enable us to continue growing and learning even during poor weather. I’d recommend it to anyone and all are welcome!”

PCP’s Chief Executive Carol added, “It’s great to see how much benefit people get from spending time in our garden. The grounds at the Pioneering Care Centre are there for people to use and enjoy. You don’t need to know anything about gardening whatsoever, just come and have fun.”

Health Trainers in Rose Lodge Care Home

Health Trainers have been working with Rose Lodge Care Home based at Cobblers Hall, Newton Aycliffe to support the residents to increase their physical and social activity to help improve their health and stimulate their minds.

Health Trainers have delivered an 8 week wellbeing course with the residents which has included chair exercises, arts and crafts, New Age Kurling, sensory gardening, pot planting, singing and a ‘Build your own beach’ activity.

At the end of the 8 weeks the health trainers wanted to give the residents an opportunity to get out and about for the day. So they arranged a trip to the Blue Reef Aquarium at Tynemouth.

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PCP Awarded Investors in People Silver

We are pleased to announce PCP has maintained the Silver Award from Investors in People, demonstrating our commitment to high performance through good people management.

PCP is amongst the top 10% of recognised IIP organisations accredited to Silver in the UK and were praised by assessors and described as an ‘outperforming place to work with a clear commitment to learning and development’.

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