Wellbeing MOT’s provided by Horsham District Council

We are regularly contacted by Horsham District Council regarding initiatives to promote Healthy lifestyles and to ensure that any staff that want to make a change are aware of the support available to them.

This week staff were offered a confidential Wellbeing MOT to highlight any areas which could be addressed and an opportunity to discuss any concerns etc.

The MOT lasted for half an hour and those staff that took the opportunity found them very interesting and some have already made some changes which is brilliant!

Our thanks as ever to Horsham Council’s Wellbeing team for providing these sessions.


Alison’s Retirement – Rabbit Hole Club

As you may be aware Alison our wonderful deputy manager is retiring this month and so we hosted a very special Rabbit Hole Club to give the residents, families and colleagues an opportunity to say thank you and to show their appreciation for her time her at Valerie Manor.

Preeda and Steve ‘pulled out all the stops’ on the catering side and although a very emotional event it was very clear that Alison is held in very high regard by everyone.

Zoe made a wonderful speech charting Alison’s career and we all raised a glass to wish her a very happy retirement.

Emily one of our Care Assistant also read a poem she had written especially for herĀ  – such a lovely thought.

Alison will be missed greatly by us all (but has agreed to remain on our ‘Bank’) but we will be forever grateful for her for everything she has done.

Welcome to the Team!

Allana has recently join the team and will be working as part of our night team, please join me in welcoming her to Valerie Manor.

My name is Allana and I have recently moved to Upper Beeding from Worthing. I have 5 children and enjoy reading, cooking and spending time with my friends.”

The Pyecombe Village Choir

We were very pleased to welcome a new choir to Valerie Manor. Recently, we were contacted by Tim & Jane (the family of one of our residents) who suggested it would be very nice to arrange a performance in January and we were only to pleased to oblige.

The Conservatory was full and it wasn’t long before everyone was joining in – The first song was ‘Down at the Old Bull & Bush’ and at the end a resident exclaimed ‘I used to drink there!’

The choir performed a varied set ranging from Old time music hall to gospel – all of which were very warmly received.

We enjoyed some refreshments after the performance which generated a lot of conversation not only immediately afterwards but the following days as well.

A huge thank you to everyone involved at the Pyecombe Village Choir for giving their time up on a Saturday and also to our wonderful staff.