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.
LABC Endorsement 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.
I am so very proud of Sarah and Collette who completed their 13 mile midnight walk along Worthing seafront last weekend to help raise money for St Barnabas. What an achievement and something that they will remember for a long time. They have managed to raise over £500 for St Barnabas which we are delighted about and they even managed to smile at the end for photo’s and to receive their medals. Well done from all the staff, residents and families at Valerie Manor! (pictured right; the girls with their medals and champagne gift from Valerie Manor).
We are now starting to plan our next venture to continue our support to St Barnabas and this will be the Valerie Manor Staff Olympics! Staff will undertake good old fashioned sports like the sack race, tug of war, egg and spoon race – and we may even get relatives and families joining in too! The date is pencilled in as the 9th August and we are now busy planning the event and will look at selling cream teas, ice creams, home made cakes, plus other delights.
We are extremely lucky to be welcoming 4 new members of staff to our team at Valerie Manor. After undertaking their mandatory training last week I was pleased to introduce them to the residents at the home this week.
We would all like to welcome you to Valerie Manor and hope that you will be very happy here with us.
Care Assistant, Fay: I am one of eight Steyning Grammar Students to pass the International Baccalaureate after its first two years of teaching at the school. I now study at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. When I am not working or studying I am playing my piano and challenging myself to some harder pieces of music. Not only am I self motivated I am caring and friendly and love a good chat.
Care Assistant, Ian: I am a fun outgoing person with a love of history and reading, who has finally found his vocation working in the care profession. I have around two and a half years care experience working in various environments including dementia care.
Care Assistant, Kelly: Hello to all. My name is Kelly and I am new to Valerie Manor. I have worked in the care field for a number of years and I am excited about starting my new role within Valerie Manor as a care assistant. Hope to meet you all soon.
Housekeeper, Patricia: My name is Patricia Rolf. I’m 45 and I’m married with 2 girls Gemma 17 and Annie 13. Gemma is a trainee hairdresser so you will get used to my hair changing now and again, Annie is at school and plays for an all girls football team East Preston Devils and is their main goal scorer. Most weekends you will find me rain or shine cheering her on from the touchline. I am very proud of my girls. I am a happy person who likes to have a chat with you when you are about so say hi and I will say hi back.
We’ll have more new staff to introduce to you very soon.