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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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Pub Outing

The friendly construction team working on the refurbishment at Marriott House took resident, Alan, for a drink at the local pub after their shift. Alan had a wonderful time!

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Musical Entertainment

We had an amazing afternoon with Jodie Shemmans, which involved plenty of singalongs and even some impromptu dancing.

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For the Love of Music

We welcomed Becki Short to Marriott for her Music for the Mind workshop. Developed in conjunction with Home Instead Havant, Music for the Mind is a programme designed specifically for those with dementia and memory problems, but anyone else is welcome to take part.

Becki provided an hour of musical stimulation through gentle warm-ups and stretches, familiar songs and musical instruments.

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Wear it Pink

We hosted a coffee morning in aid of Breast Cancer Care. We managed to raise over £30 with a raffle and a cake sale. Thank you to everyone who joined and support us.

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On Wednesday 31st October, we celebrated Halloween with a fun day of dressing up! Everyone had a great time.

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Heaven Sent

Marriott House and Lodge continue to have monthly visits from Cedar Ministry. These services are always well-attended by residents and visitors. 

Cedar Ministry started visiting the home on the first Sunday of every month back in 2012. Cedar Ministry are a team from Chichester Baptist Church who visit local care homes in the Chichester area. It is their aim to share God's love and serve people in local care homes.

For more information about Cedar Ministry, please contact Guy Applebee at Chichester Baptist Church on 01243 782585 or via

Our most recent service took place on Sunday 14th October 2018.

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Upcoming events

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Don't Dine Alone

Enjoy some company and a delicious lunch.

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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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Lunch Club

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

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Events & Activities in December

There's lots of fun activities going on at Marriott House & Lodge throughout December.

Please click for part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4 of our social programme.

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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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