I thought I’d take the opportunity to welcome two recent new joiners and welcome back a familiar face.
Wendy and Robert have recently joined the Care Team at Valerie Manor as Care Assistants and have settled in well.
You may recognise Robert, as he volunteered with us a while ago, in order to gain experience with a view to becoming a Doctor.
Wendy comes to us with a vast amount of experience in health and social care.
We were all very upset when Collette left last year due to health reasons, but I am pleased to say that she has rejoined which has pleased the residents and staff no end!
Welcome to all of our new starters/re-joiner!
Pictured, left to right above: Wendy, Robert & Collette
As part of our Brighton Marathon training, Linda (above) and I competed in the Steyning Stinger Half Marathon last Sunday, and although we started at different times, we both finished just over the 2 hour mark – which we were both so pleased with – in fact Linda beat me by 1 second and was the 7th Lady to finish.
We both feel our preparations are going well, we plan to increase our training runs up to 20 miles about three weeks before the big day (14th April 2013), then taper down to ensure we are ready for the marathon.
I personally would like to thank Linda, who has been very encouraging and supportive to me, and as you will see from my picture (right) – I’m not the most attractive runner you’ll ever see!!
I know everyone at Valerie Manor and St Barnabas House would like to thank you if you have already sponsored us, and if you would like to please visit our Just Giving page by clicking on the link, or text your donation to 70070 (see below).
We were very lucky to be able to welcome the Clever Cavaliers to Valerie Manor this week. The Dog display team is run by Dee and her friends who put on quite a performance for everyone!
Before the show started the dogs and handlers mingled with residents, family members and staff to let the dogs get comfortable in the new surroundings. It was then on with the show, which included playing instruments, answering telephones, playing football & flyball, boxing and many other very clever activities.
The residents really enjoyed the morning and we hope to invite them back again soon, however they are so popular that they are booked up until the end of 2014!!!
Our thanks to Dee and her Team and not forgetting all of the performing artists.
As you can imagine we value our wonderful staff greatly and were pleased to offer a free NHS health check provided in conjunction with Horsham council. The idea being to take a look at general health and to offer an opportunity to ask questions etc about ways to improve it.
I am pictured here with the nurses who undertook the checks – having just finished mine!
As mentioned the above initiative is being supported by Horsham Council and similar opportunities are being proposed in the future.
As you know we like to have a variety of activities on offer and we recently welcomed Steve from Horsham Council back to introduce us to ‘New Age Curling’. The idea is to enjoy Curling indoors – but without the ice!
Everyone had a couple of practices and then the competition began – everyone was very quick to pick up this new skill and I think it won’t be long before we’ll be Curling in the conservatory again!
Our thanks to Steve again for another excellent session.
As you know we like to offer a large variety of activities to our residents, and recently we were asked to provide some word searches by a resident. Our Activities Coordinator Robin wasted no time in supplying these and Gemma handed them out and suggested maybe awarding a prize to the resident who identified the most words.
Well! – this got everyone’s competitive nature flowing and it was “heads down and looking!”
Gemma collected the entries and is pictured here with our champion!
Well done to everyone who took part, and keep those suggestions coming.
2013 sees the start of our new year activities schedule, which includes all of the favourites and some new ones. Already this year we have enjoyed visits from our good friends Nick with his skittles alley and Kerrie who teaches B-Balance – which helps residents exercise in a way which also aids falls prevention.
We have also teamed up with Steve from Leisure Link, who provided a regular table tennis session last year, and he will be attending regularly throughout the year with a variety of games and activities.
We have really been spoilt this week and a big thank you to Reverend Challis for his Christmas service on Thursday morning, and bringing a wonderful choir along on Friday for our annual Carol concert.
Both events were, as usual, very well attended, and thoroughly enjoyed by residents and staff alike. It was particularly nice to see so many children come along and take part as well.
Afterwards we served mulled wine and mince pies and enjoyed hearing about the choirs plans for Christmas.
Thanks again to everyone for their kindness and time.
We were very pleased to welcome so many family and friends to Valerie Manor for our Christmas get together. Especially so bearing in mind the awful weather we had the previous evening and earlier in the day.
Mulled wine & mince pies were the order of the day, and were thoroughly enjoyed!!!
We also sold raffle tickets in aid of St Barnabas Hospice for our Chef Chris’s Christmas Cake and a bottle of Cava kindly donated by one of our Nurses, Sue.
It was so nice to see everyone enjoying themselves, our good friends from the Towers Convent School popped in to wish everyone a Merry Christmas as well.
When the time came to draw the raffle we asked a grand daughter of a resident to pull out the winning tickets.
Well done to the lucky 2 winning ticket holders and a big thank you to everyone for making it such a special afternoon.
Well, we are really in the Christmas mood as we welcomed the Towers School choir this week for their annual Carol Concert at Valerie Manor. The Choir was made up of members of the drama and music club who have already performed several concerts including singing at the Holmbush Centre where they raised money for the homeless.
We all assembled in the conservatory (with a glass of sherry) and joined in with all the favourites – Oh Come All Ye Faithfull, Once in Royal David’s City, to name a couple. The choir was fantastic and the residents and staff thoroughly enjoyed themselves. One resident pleaded for ‘just one more please?’ and they gladly obliged.
We provided the choir and teachers with mince pies and drinks for their efforts and took some photos of the girls with our very appreciative residents.
Once again many thanks to our friends at the Towers, who every year help make Christmas at Valerie Manor so very special.