We are all very excited here at the Manor about the 2012 Olympics and especially the opening ceremony tonight. It is broadcast too late for some of the residents but we have already planned an afternoon to enjoy watching the opening ceremony again with everyone in the conservatory!
We couldn’t let the special occasion go by without having our own alternative ‘Valerie Manor Olympics’ which is planned for the 9th August during the afternoon. We are looking forward to spending the afternoon with staff, residents, and friends and families of Valerie Manor who will form teams to take part in our own ‘Olympic’ events including sack races, egg and spoon races and tug of war! Medals will be presented at the end of the afternoon to the winners. During the afternoon we will also be having face painting and selling Pimms, cream teas, choc ices and strawberries and cream – there will also be a raffle of Chris’s Olympic Cake! Of course we are doing all of this to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice who do a fantastic job and support the staff, residents and families at Valerie Manor.
Please do visit our Just Giving website if you would like to donate to this good cause as we are spending a year fundraising for them and hope to reach a target of over £1000.
A very big thank you to Toby & Elena the children of one of our carers (Holly Waite), who gave their spare paddling pool to the residents as they thought they might like to use it in the hot weather we have been having. As you will see it was very well received by residents and staff alike!!!
Thank you again Toby & Elena
One of our most popular regular activities is the Flower arranging session. Joyce and the residents really did a fantastic job (assisted by Ian) and if you have visited recently you may have noticed the results as you moved around the Home.
Well done to all concerned.
Linda has recently joined the team, and the residents and staff extend a very warm welcome to her.
“Hi my name is Linda, I have just joined the bank at Valerie Manor as a Care Assistant.
I have lived in Steyning since a child, and now live here with my husband and two daughters. I enjoy gardening and reading and am looking forward to joining the team at Valerie Manor”.
It is always nice to welcome work experience students to Valerie Manor, and we recently welcomed back a familiar face, who spent time with us last year for her Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Emily assisted the staff and residents in various tasks – all with a smile on her face! One of the tasks we gave her to do was to discuss with the residents and develop a ‘Fact of the Day’ folder, the idea being to stimulate conversations about memories and experiences, and with Emily’s help we won’t be running out of topics very soon!
Everyone wishes Emily the very best for the future, and look forward to seeing her again soon.
Ever keen to support local businesses I was privileged to be chosen this month by Debby from Model Info Bureau in Steyning, to have a makeover – a service they offer each month to one lucky local business owner. Debby was aware that I work long hours and live on site at Valerie Manor and so do not normally get much of an opportunity for a pampering!
I was so delighted with the day, Debby and her son Henry looked after me and the coordination throughout was fantastic. Even I was surprised with the results and just wanted to say a huge thank you to MIB and the other the local business’s involved for giving me this wonderful treat. Debby’s professional son Henry Hayward took photos throughout the day and the results are featured in the July edition of our local Village Living Magazine.
Thank you again Debby for the day, I couldn’t recommend it more highly.
We are always happy to assist students obtain work experience during their studies, and when Robert contacted us we jumped at the chance.
Robert has been with us for a few weeks now and has settled in very well with residents and staff alike.
As with all new staff I have asked him to write a few words by way of an introduction.
“I came to Valerie Manor to get some experience to help me achieve my ambition of becoming a Doctor. I have learnt a lot during my time here, both staff and residents are very friendly and welcoming. I am a keen cyclist so you will often see me around the highways and byways of Sussex or cycling to and from Valerie Manor.”
As you may be aware in March 2011 we completed our much needed nursing wing extension so we were delighted this year when Horsham Council endorsed us for an award. We were very proud to be one of seven finalists for the Best Community Building in the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2012. Alison and Alan enjoyed the special awards ceremony recently at The Copthorne Hotel, Effingham and were very happy to collect our finalists certificate which is now proudly on display at Valerie Manor.
Below is an extract of the endorsement from a building control officer at our local authority who worked on the project:
The local community recognised the need for Valerie Manor, which has been a residential care home for over 20 years, to be extended and the owners worked closely with the local community and the planning team at Horsham District Council to bring this scheme forward.
The project involved the design and construction of a new nursing wing which was to be an extension to the existing Grade II listed building (which already operated as a nursing home) at the foot of the South Downs. It was crucially important that the external appearance of the extension was in keeping with the original building and the aim was to create a new wing that wasn’t too intrusive so a design that took in to account the changing ground levels and hillside location was conceived.
Overall this was an enjoyable project to work on and although there were challenges (as there are with any scheme) the positive attitudes of the site team meant these issues were dealt with in a friendly and quick manner before they became critical and costly. The finished extension provides a fantastic facility for the local community.
This project has provided
• A much needed nursing wing in the heart of the local community providing residential and nursing care for 23 residents
• Local employment –staffing levels have increased from 14 to 43
• Community engagement! Dame Vera Lynn opened the new nursing wing in 2011 which was a very special occasion for the residents, their families and staff.