The Pride of Valerie Manor

I cannot even begin to express how proud I was yesterday of our Valerie Manor finalists at the West Sussex Care Accolades 2013. You may remember that four of our staff were shortlisted for awards – an achievement in itself as this year saw a record number of nominations across the region making it even more difficult for the judges to choose. It is with great pride that I can announce that three of our staff were Winners in their categories and one was a Runner Up! – an amazing achievement and meaning that Valerie Manor featured highly in four out of the eight categories. Huge congratulations to all our finalists for receiving these awards for their constant hard work and dedication.

It was a lovely day at the Awards Ceremony held at the Arundel Wetland Centre. Guest speakers were Amanda Rogers, Director of Adult Services at West Sussex County Council, and Karen Stevens from Skills for Care. There were lots of happy tears at the event as the presenters spoke very highly of care staff and the job that they do. The Accolades honour extraordinary individuals and organisations that provide social care services to the residents of West Sussex. The various awards which constitute the Accolades recognise those whose work has been particularly noteworthy, and who exemplify the long-term commitment that characterises many social care providers.

Two of our residents from Valerie Manor joined us for the trip to Arundel and Awards Ceremony and it was a delight to have them with us. One resident who attended spoke unprompted at the end of the ceremony and said that it was ‘a privilege to live at Valerie Manor’. This brought tears to my eyes yet again!

Below are our four fantastic finalists with details of their nominations showing how worthy they all are of their awards. You can also view some pictures of the event in our online gallery.

Emma Wood

Individual Student Achievement Award
Runner Up

View Emma’s nomination


Gemma Fielder

The Young Carer Award

View Gemma’s nomination


Sarah Mack

End of Life Care Award

View Sarah’s nomination


Andrew Brown

The Chair’s Award for Endeavour

View Andrew’s nomination


WSF-TB Awards: 4 shortlisted candidates from Valerie Manor!

We are very proud to announce that four Valerie Manor carers have been shortlisted for the West Sussex Forum Training Board Accolades. Our shortlisted carers are:

• Emma Wood – Individual Student Achievement
• Gemma Fielder – Young Care Worker Award
• Sarah Mack – End of Life Care Award
• Andrew Brown – Chair’s Award for Endeavour

The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Arundel Wetlands Centre on Wednesday 3rd July and we will all be rooting for our very deserving candidates. Good luck to them all!

From left above: Emma, Gemma, Sarah and Andrew.

Valerie Manor receives Horsham Healthy Workplace Award

In 2009 we were delighted to receive a Silver Healthy Workplace award from Horsham Council. When I was approached again by Paul Unsworth, Workplace Health Coordinator in 2012 I was extremely pleased to relaunch some initiatives that would assist our staff to become more healthy. We have had NHS health checks on site at Valerie Manor along with Health ‘MOT’s, we are working with Steyning Leisure Centre to get reduced membership for our staff and hope to have a bicycle store in our grounds to encourage staff to cycle to work.

We were delighted to receive our award, presented by councillor Sue Rogers and Paul Unsworth along with Chris Slator, our chef who had a health MOT, Alan who had a NHS healthcheck and Robert who cycles to work from Hassocks each shift! Please find the Horsham District Council press release below.

Horsham District Council – News Release – Date: 22 March 2013

ZOE BATES, the rightly proud owner/manager of Valerie Manor residential home, has received a new Horsham Healthy Workplace Award from Horsham District Council.

Valerie Manor employs 50 staff who care tirelessly for the 23 residents at the nursing and residential home in Upper Beeding around the clock.

The award recognises their high standards of safety and attention to the wellbeing of the staff.

Zoe said:

“We are nothing without our staff so their health and happiness is a vital ingredient of their consistently excellent performance and our reputation.

“We are a small team and have to be prepared for anything so looking after our staff means they can look after our residents extremely well even at the most difficult times.

“We have organised NHS health checks and wellbeing MOTs for our staff. We are planning improvements to our grounds to improve cycle storage and give staff and residents a boules pitch as well as a lovely quiet area.”

Cllr Sue Rogers, Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for a Safer and Healthier District, said:

“Zoe is an inspirational businesswoman and is a testament to the benefits a small business can get from investing just a little time in exploring the returns that a Healthy Workplace Award can bring.

“I would urge other businesses to take advantage of this award scheme.”

The Horsham Healthy Workplace Award is open to any organisation in the Horsham District and brings free help and support to build a healthy workforce and with that enable a healthy performance.

For more information about the award, contact Beverley Young at Horsham District Council by calling 01403 215277 or email or alternatively contact the Horsham District Wellbeing Service on 01403 215111

The Great South East Care Awards 2012

The Great British Care Awards are a series of regional events throughout England and are a celebration of excellence across the care sector. The purpose of the awards are to pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work. You may have read recently that Alan Fry, our office manager and Michele Stubbs, our in-house trainer, were short listed for two awards this year in the Regional Finals.

The Awards ceremony took place on Friday 30th November at the Hilton Hotel, Brighton. Although on this occasion they did not win, it is a great achievement to each be one of 5 South East Regional Finalists, and they should be very proud of the trophies and recognition they received.

The Gala Award evening started in style with a champagne reception, followed by a superb gourmet dinner and the awards presentation with television star Dr Hilary Jones and then dancing into the night. Michele and Alan were both very nervous but managed to enjoy what turned out to be a very special evening. I am very proud of my team having finalists throughout 2012 which shows how hard they work and their dedication to Valerie Manor and its staff and residents – they are all winners in my eyes!

The awards support a chosen charity; The Care Professionals Benevolent Fund is the registered charity for the Care Sector and are there to support current, former and retired care professionals, by providing assistance to relieve financial hardship or sickness.