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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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1950s Day

 On Wednesday 13th June 2018 we held 1950s-themed party with musical entertainment from the Jukebox Show.

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Cupcake Challenge

On Thursday 14th June, we held a cupcake challenge to raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Society. Staff and residents created and decorated cupcakes and prizes were given out for the best design and best tasting!

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June Open Day

On Saturday 9th June, Marriott House & Lodge  invited guests, friends and relatives for a day of community fun.

We hosted a variety of activities throughout the day, and the hospitality team provided a spread of delightful treats for residents, visitors and staff. The home was also visited by the Chichester Ladies football team for a special team quiz afternoon.

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Creative Talks

Penny from Creative Talks visited the home on Thursday 7th June. This month’s talk was titled 'Famous Women - Especially Singers & Actresses', and took a look at the lives, loves and achievements of some famous women from history.

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Open Day Preparations

On Friday 8th June, residents prepared for our open day with the assistance of our activities team. They were busy cooking delicious refreshments ready for afternoon tea! They also made so flower arrangements, which will be displayed across the home.

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Variety Hour

Marriott House & Lodge were delighted to have the wonderful Alive Activities back again. Variety Hour sessions include music, poetry, dance and movement. The session offers both seated and unseated exercise based around current affairs, literature and iPads to engage residents and stimulate memories, discussions and fun. 

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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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Events & Activities in July

Please click here to view part 1 of our July activities programme. You can also view part 2 & part 3.

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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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