Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sarah Harding

I began my Barchester journey as a Night Care Assistant in 2000. Through the completing of care qualifications, I progressed to Senior Care Assistant and, more recently, I have also adopted the responsibilities of a Care Practitioner.

I am also involved in activities within the home and I lead the activities team, a role that I have enjoyed 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 training provision. 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 reading and spending my time with family, friends and 3 dogs!

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 Marriott House and Lodge Care Home

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We so wanted it to come home.

Residents and staff at Marriott House and Lodge care home in Chichester have been cheering on their home sides throughout the Euros.  The home has been decked out with flags and residents have been enjoying all the action over the past four weeks.  Everyone at the home has loved seeing Gareth’s boys progress to the finals.

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Armed Forces Day

Our residents enjoyed fish and chips for lunch and a afternoon high tea  to celebrate armed forces day. We had a fabulous wartime singer and spent the afternoon reminiscing about wartime events. The fantastic team here at Marriott House and Lodge as usual embraced  the theme of the day and dressed as Land girls and soldiers . A good day was had by all.

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One of our favourite passtimes

Another favourite pastime at Marriott House and Lodge is making our own fruity Kebabs.  Enjoyable to make and even more enjoyable to eat.


We loved celebrating National Fish and Chip Day

It was with great pleasure Marriott House and Lodge celebrated National Fish and Chip Day on 3rd June this year.  Our kitchen team created  the most amazing fish and chips lunch for our staff and residents to celebrate the day


Another Lady who is 101year's young

Our second 101st celebration this week was Gundel Kirrage who was 101 years young.  Gundel had such a lovely day and thoroughly enjoyed her birthday cake and visitors.  

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It's not every day your 101 years young

Here at Marriott House and Lodge this week two of our wonderful residents celebrated their 101'st birthday.  Our first celebration was with Mary Tyler who loved her day and let us share her cake . Happy Birthday Mary.