PCP Family Fun Day Success

On Saturday 14th July Pioneering Care Partnership held a Summer Family Fun Day event with tons of fun activities.

The turnout for the event exceeded expectations and everyone had a huge amount of fun, including the staff! The sun was shining and the PCP garden was thriving with different activities including face painting, penalty shootout, a basket-ball shoot, hook-a-duck and a huge play bus! Inside the centre there was an animal petting zoo, a tombola and sales of books and plants.

Small donations were made to aid the fundraising campaign of PCP’s Hydrotherapy pool; as there are plans to refurbish, modernise and provide essential improvements. Overall, those small donations have added up to over £470, an astonishing amount!

Carol Gaskarth, PCP Chief Executive said, “An event of this scale was made possible through match funding received from Great Aycliffe Town Council as part of the Aycliffe Festival.  We were delighted that the event attracted over 600 people and feedback on the day was overwhelmingly positive. We had guest appearances from Star Wars characters who proved a real hit with people of all ages!”

PCP Annual General Meeting

The Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP) was delighted to welcome Phil Wilson MP, the Deputy Mayor of Great Aycliffe Cllr Mary Dalton and her Consort Cllr Sarah Iveson, along with partners, volunteers and staff to the 19th Annual General Meeting recently.

As well as managing the Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe, which had over 365,000 visits during 2017-18, PCP delivers a wide range of projects and services across the North East supporting the Charity’s mission of Health, Wellbeing and Learning for All.

It was a poignant event as we celebrated another year of achievements, inciting both tears and laughter during the morning. Those present where touched by our speakers, who shared stories about volunteering in Sunderland; accessing Together 21 a project that supports children with Down syndrome; and the help health trainers provided to the gypsy roma traveller community.  The common theme centred around the positive impact PCP services have had on their lives and how their confidence, knowledge or self-esteem had improved.

Carol Gaskarth, PCP Chief Executive, spoke about the highlights from the past year and said, “PCP’s annual report provides a snapshot of the year and during 2017-18 we had much to celebrate. PCP received the highest accolade awarded to voluntary organisations – the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – and our volunteers continue to provide fabulous support giving over 7000 hours service to PCP, equating to £63,000 of donated time.

“PCP also received national recognition through the RSPH National Workplace Health and Wellbeing Award 2017 and a National Public Health England (PHE) Commendation for Reducing Inequalities at a Community Level, one of only two awarded across the UK.

“I am privileged to lead PCP, which is respected for being a responsive, dynamic and forward thinking health and wellbeing charity. Adaptability and creativity have been key to PCP’s success. Our team of trustees, staff and volunteers work tirelessly to ensure our projects and services are excellent quality for the people we support, thank you to them for their work throughout the year.”

Finally we said a fond farewell to a number of ardent PCP supporters, including Melanie Fordham, who stepped down as PCP’s Chair after 3 years and almost 10 years as a Trustee. Melanie said, “Trustees take their governance responsibilities very seriously and I am indebted to them for their work. As I come to the end of my tenure I wish to thank them for their support, I will miss working with them very much and wish the organisation the very best for the future.”

If you would like to find out more about the work of PCP please contact Kath Ferry, Chief Executive’s PA, Tel: 01325 321234,  Email: kath.ferry@pcp.uk.net

Dive In! and Support our Hydrotherapy Pool Appeal

If you’ve ever visited the Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe, you’ll know it houses a range of projects, services and activities to bring people together to support healthier lifestyles and improve wellbeing.

PCP is proud to run one of the North East’s only fully accessible Hydrotherapy Pools which brings many benefits to those who use it including; pain relief, improved muscle strength, increased circulation, better balance and co-ordination and improved mobility.
‘PCP’s hydrotherapy pool is an amazing resource for the area. Unfortunately due to it’s age we are experiencing an increasing number of breakdowns and disruption for service users. After 20 years some of the parts are obsolete, so it is reaching the end of its natural lifespan.

Whilst funding is always a challenge we have an exciting opportunity to bring the hydrotherapy pool and equipment up to date to meet the needs of local people for the next 20 years—but we need your support to raise £200,000!!’ Carol Gaskarth, PCP
PCP is appealing to the public and local businesses to get involved with our ‘Dive In’ fundraising campaign to raise over £200,000.

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PCP Summer Fair 2018

PCP’s Summer Community Fun Day is being held at the Pioneering Care Centre on Saturday 14 July 2018, 10.00am until 2.00pm as part of Great Aycliffe Town Council’s “Aycliffe Festival”. This free fun packed family fun day will include lots of different activities, including a craft workshop, biscuit decorating, face painting, gardening activities, bouncy castle, art of science, petting zoo, soft play, magician, Punch and Judy show and much more.Great Aycliffe Poster 2

Your PCP Activity Guide – Feb 2018

Here is out monthly ‘What’s On’ guide for February 2018.

Time to be proactive and take part in something you enjoy! share around with your friends and family to get everyone involved in our wide range of amazing classes and courses. Make new friends, learn new skills and do something you enjoy this coming February at the Pioneering Care Centre!

For more information on any of the classes/courses listed about, please do not hesitate to contact us. Happy February!

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.


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

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