Interactors’ project wins award

Rotary Interactors from the Princes Risborough School won the national award for Best Interact Charity Project of the year. PNL-150514-152549003
Rotary Interactors from the Princes Risborough School won the national award for Best Interact Charity Project of the year. PNL-150514-152549003
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The national president of Rotary visited young people to present them with a trophy for the Best Interact Charity Project of the year.

Peter King, the national president, was accompanied by district governor Tim Cowling when he visited the Princes Centre in Princes Risborough.

Together they presented Interactor president Matt Ludlow and other Interactors from the Princes Risborough School with the award.

The Interactors were given special permission to miss some lessons in order to attend.

The award recognised the Dementia Café project at the Princes Centre. Using a large smart television, which was donated by the Interact Club, Interactors can display scenes which encourage clients to recall past events, holidays etc.

Importantly, the Interactors provide moral and sensory support by being there, joining in the activities and building up personal relationships with the clients.

Prior to the presentation, the Interactors demonstrated the Dementia Café activities, including the Smart TV. The use of Street View on the TV allowed a Day Centre client to see and reminisce about his old junior school and where he lived as a child.

The project is recorded on a video produced by the Interactors and shown earlier this year at Rotary’s national conference.

This video is now being taken to Brazil for showing at Rotary’s International Convention in June.

A video of the full range of activities undertaken by Princes Risborough Interact Club can be viewed at http://youtu.be/ZtldALpsVso.

The Interact Club reinforced its links with the centre by presenting a cheque for £350 to purchase garden furniture. This money was raised by various fundraising activities carried out by the club.

Guests at this event included town mayor Alan Turner, executive headteacher of the school Peter Rowe, head of sixth form Mark Instone, Princes Centre manager Kim Challinor, the districtchair of Interact Mike Ware, Princes Risborough Rotary president Trevor Fitch and a number of other Rotarians.

The Interactors are now planning to raise funds for the recent disaster in Nepal.

Princes Risborough School has Nepalese students and this initiative is being driven by one of these, who is a member of the Interact Club.