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

Red Nose Day and a Birthday!

What a lovely special birthday I celebrated with the residents, their families and the staff on Red Nose Day! I have never seen so many cakes!

The staff (and residents and guests!) wore red noses or head boppers and Valerie Manor was decorated with red balloons to support Red Nose Day – we also had afternoon tea and bubbly together and ate red nose cup cakes and then I was presented with a stunning chocolate cake as well!

I felt very spoilt and privileged to spend the day with the residents, families and staff – thank you for a lovely birthday!

Marathon Training – Update!

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).

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February 2013 Activities Summary

Hello again,

I hope you are all keeping warm….the sun actually shone a couple of Mondays ago….so much so we had the Conservatory windows open! ‘It is only February’ everyone keeps saying so I suppose we must not grumble too much.

We have enjoyed visits from various sources this month including Reflexology, B.Balanced, John Paul Miller and the Clever Cavaliers…a real variety for those wishing to be a part of the Activity Programme.

Giant Snakes and Ladders, Throwing Rings and Tin Can Alley helped with our co-ordination and movement.

The ‘Mind Benders’ included Matched Sets, A film Quiz, Occupations and The Apple Quiz.

We enjoyed music from the 70’s as requested as well as Memories of the 1940’s. On Valentine’s Day we enjoyed listening to some Love Songs remembering our favourites from years gone by.

One Activity which is very popular and we have on a regular basis is decorating fairy cakes……it is nice to make a mess and let someone else clear up !

Fresh flower arranging with Joyce continues to be on the programme and is enjoyed by many, some choosing to join in whereas others simply enjoy watching as the creations take shape.

We celebrated Chinese New Year of the Snake with some Fortune Cookies and a lovely meal cooked by Chris.

On the evening before Valentines Day and the Chinese New Year meal I arrived at Valerie Manor armed with scissors, Blue Tac, Sticky Tape and thread……We like to decorate the Themed Days the night before so that everything is ready for when our ladies and gentlemen go to breakfast….. As soon as I walked in the door and started sorting the decorations one lovely Carer offered to help. This is what makes Valerie Manor so special as everyone is very willing to go that extra mile to make it such a lovely place to be….I was doubly lucky as the Carer was much taller than me so I did not need a ladder!! The Conservatory was covered in Love Hearts and the Dining Room Chinese Dragons and hanging decorations.

Another lovely addition to the Programme was suggested by Gemma. When she is around when we have our Reminiscence Sessions she always joins in and comes up with some lovely Local Knowledge. She works every Sunday and has offered to run a regular session each week. She is a very enthusiastic young lady and everyone really benefits from her lively sessions. Thank you Gemma.

One of my Reminiscence Sessions involved pets. We had memories of a cat called Tony, a very large black cat, a Manx cat that was a real hunter, dogs called Penny and Bobby, a white Poodle called Dandy who used to be washed in the back garden when it got muddy…Dandy was 19 years old ! Another lady remembers a young budgie that had difficulty feeding and was fed with milk on a paint brush and we must not forget the tortoise, Timmy, who liked rice pudding !

Busy March is upon us !