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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sarah Harding

My name is Sarah and I have worked at Marriott House and Lodge for over 15 years in a variety of roles.

I began my Barchester journey as a Night Care Assistant in 2000. Through completing care qualifications, I progressed to Senior Care Assistant and, more recently, I have also adopted the responsibilties of a Care Practitioner as well. I have also been involved in activities within the home and have lead the Activities Team for many years. I have completed many training courses through the Barchester Healthcare Training Academy, which have further enhanced my skills in a range of areas, including, care, activities and providing training. I now share my time between being a Care Practitioner and leading the Activities Team.

Leading the Activities Team means that I work with a group of staff and volunteers to provide activities for the residents that help to keep them active and stimulated. My duties include planning events for residents and their families, organizing day-to-day activities, arranging outings, and also offering residents that very crucial one-to-one time. I work closely with local groups, meaning that Marriott House & Lodge remains a key part of the local community with regular visitors who offer support to families and friends.

I am very much involved in the ‘whole home approach’ in regards to the care we provide as a care home; my hands-on approach allows me to work closely with all members of the team and help them to develop their skills. 

Dignity in care is a particular area that I am always keen to promote within the home and I believe that we can all enhance the lives of residents.

In my spare time I enjoy being with my dog, Chester, who I bring to work with me most days. I also enjoy reading and spending time with my friends and family.

Activities at our home

Activities are the cornerstone of a wholesome home experience and our Activities Coordinators are always putting their creative minds to the test by organising new and exciting social events for residents to partake in. Of course, we take into account the likes and dislikes of those we support, so if someone doesn’t feel like trying something new, there will always be something on offer to reflect their personal interests. For the people who may just prefer some peace and quiet instead, we also offer one-to-one time that can be enjoyed with a nice cup of coffee or just a simple chat – whatever they desire.

Life at our home

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Poet's Day

To celebrate Poet's Day on Tuesday 21st August, residents of Marriott Lodge wrote a poem called ‘One Bright Day', which you can read below:

One Bright Day

One bright sunny morning,                                                                                   
We went to the Seaside.
We started early as the day is dawning,
And to make the most of the lovely low tide!

We all set off in our Morris Minor,
En route to Blackpool sand.
Looking forward to a day in the sun,
Listening to out favorite band!

We unload the car, put sun cream on,
And make our way down to the shore.
We paddle in the sea and stop for ice cream
It’s so lovely I could have had more!

The gorgeous sunrays beaming down,
As I lie on my sun bed to tan.
As the days goes on the sun goes hot,
And I call myself down with a fan!

We’ve had our picnic and now we are full
And we make our way back to the car
We load up our bits and off we go
Setting off home; let’s hope it’s not far!

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Musical Magic

Music for Health workshops are fun, stimulating and extremely varied – providing something for everyone. The music varies from workshop to workshop, keeping the event fresh, and residents are encouraged to participate from the start and progress at their own speed.

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Music for the Mind

On Tuesday 21st August, we welcomed Becki Short, who hosted yet another 'Music for the Mind' workshop. Developed in partnership with Home Instead Havant, Music for the Mind is a programme designed specifically for those living with dementia and memory problems, but others can take part as well. Becki provided an hour of musical stimulation through gentle warm ups and stretches, familiar songs and musical instruments.

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Think Quick!

We hosted another community quiz afternoon on Wednesday 15th August, and it was a big success, as always!

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Breaking the Fun Barrier

On Monday 30th July, we welcomed in Bernie for an afternoon of karaoke. Everyone had a great time!

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Intergenerational Fun

Please click here to read about our Old & New Friends Club.

Upcoming events

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Room Hire

We have a room that is available to hire to professionals in the local community.

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Don't Dine Alone

Enjoy some company and a delicious lunch.

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Lunch Club

Come along and enjoy a nutritious and delicious lunch prepared by our talented chef.

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Community Breakfast

Marriott House and Lodge continues to hold monthly community breakfasts on the first Wednesday of every month at 8:00 a.m.

The kitchen will be whipping up a storm, which will include croissants, bacon, sausage baps and much more.

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Monthly Coffee Mornings

Come along to our friendly and informal group and enjoy a chat over a hot drink and home-made cakes.

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