A Royal seal of approval for pioneering scheme in Sheffield

The Princess Royal during her visit to the Save the Children shop in Doncaster in September.
The Princess Royal during her visit to the Save the Children shop in Doncaster in September.
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THE Princess Royal is to visit Sheffield next week – to officially open a partnership which brings together voluntary sector agencies.

The royal visitor has been invited to the official launch of the Adsetts Partnership at the former Whitbread Exchange Brewery, Bridge Street, on Thursday.

David Moody, the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire,will be escorting the Princess Anne, along with Sir Norman Adsetts, The Adsetts Partnership chairman, and Coun Julie Dore, Sheffield Council leader.

The Adsetts Partnership is a not-for-profit organisation that brings voluntary sector agencies to help them working together in a more effective, joined-up way to provide new types of services to meet changing social needs.

The move into the former Whitbread Exchange Brewery building brings together the core services of the Partnership, Autism Plus and Jobsteps Employment Services.

Phillip Bartey, chief executive of The Adsetts Partnership, said: “We are delighted The Princess Royal will be formally opening our new headquarters.

“We have a long association with the Princess, as she opened one of our specialist autism centres in Doncaster, back in 1987.

“We are pleased to be working with the Lord Lieutenant’s office and the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce on this visit and we are very much looking forward to January and showcasing the work of the Partnership, Autism Plus and Jobsteps Employments Services to The Princess Royal.”

Sir Norman said: “Our vision is that we are stronger together.

“Small and medium-sized voluntary sector organisations often have closer relationships to the communities they serve.

“In this changing climate, these organisations may struggle to compete with the larger voluntary sector organisations for service delivery contracts.”

In September, The Princess Royal – the Queen’s daughter – visited a Save the Children charity shop in Doncaster to meet long-serving volunteers who have helped run the store for almost half a century.

The royal visitor spent almost 45 minutes chatting to staff and helpers at the shop in Silver Street as a small crowd of well-wishers gathered outside.