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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On 15th January, we were delighted to host a Musica Workshop here at Marriott House & Lodge.

This meaningful music workshop uses music as a tool for reminiscence and includes a variety of activities, such as movement to music, singin, percussion playing, quizzes and live music performances. The workshops are designed to engage and stimulate, increase self-esteem and improve overall well-being. The key ingredient to achieving this is by making it fun!

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The Sound of Music

On 11th January, we were joined by Becki Short, who put on another 'Music for the Mind' session. Becki provided an hour of musical stimulation through gentle warm ups and stretches, familiar songs and musical instruments.

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Volunteer Appreciation Morning

Our volunteers are important to us here at Marriott House & Lodge. On Tuesday 18th December, we held a volunteer appreciation morning so that we could extend our thanks for all that they do.

Each volunteer was presented with a gift and card as a token of appreciation for all the time they give.

The volunteers undertake a variety of activities with the residents in the home, including weekly news discussions, poetry groups, and one-to-one sessions.

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Nursery Visit

On Thursday 13th December, we were thrilled to invite the Teddy Wilfs Nursery School in for a morning of Christmas-themed arts and crafts, games and carols. We are hoping they will become regular visitors in the future!

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Christmas Fayre

On Tuesday 11th December, we held our annual Christmas Fayre. There were various stalls, plenty of refreshments and even the chance to meet Santa! All money raised went towards the residents' fund!

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15 Years of Service

Congratulations to Stella Algar, who recently received her 15 year Long Service Award. Well done!

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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