Sarah Harding

Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sarah Harding

My name is Sarah and I have worked at Marriott House and Lodge for over 19 years in a variety of roles.

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 as well.

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 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.

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

Volunteer of the Year

Jean Collyer was crowned as the national winner in the Volunteer of the Year category at the 2020 Barchester Care Awards, held virtually on 8th October.

The awards celebrate staff and volunteers who go the extra mile for the benefit of residents and patients living in Barchester care homes and independent hospitals. 

More than 2,800 nominations were received from homes, residents, staff and relatives across the UK this year, which is nearly 1000 more than was received last year. Nominations were sent in by Barchester staff, but many more were also from residents and their families who have praised the fantastic care provided to their loved ones.

All entries have been of a very high standard, and Jean is thrilled to have been declared as the national winner!

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National Winner - Our Jean

We are so excited to announce that our amazing Jean Collyer has been crowned National volunteer of the year. She goes above and beyond in all she does and throughly deserves this. Thank you Jean you are an absolute star!!!

Roald Dahl Day celebrations

Residents and staff at Marriott House and Lodge inChichester celebrated the 103rd  birthday of cherished children’s author, RoaldDahl, on 13th September 2020, which also happens to be Roald DahlDay as well. 


In remembrance of this great man’s life, the home hosted a number of activities in hope that everyone could feel a little bit of that Roald Dahl magic, The day included some chocolate tasting, reminiscence with a Roald Dahl theme, followed by an afternoon film showing of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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'Talk like a Pirate Day'

On Saturday 19th September, Marriott House and Lodge celebrated 'Talk like a Pirate Day'. Staff and residents dressed up and held a day of activities to celebrate the day. 

Macmillan Coffee Morning in our Home

On Friday 25th September, Marriott House and Lodge participated in this years Macmillan Coffee Morning. We held a bake off competition with staff and residents entering their amazing cake creations. The afternoon included judging by staff and residents and the winner was crowned as this year's Marriott House and lodge Bake off Champion. We raised over £60 for Macmillan Cancer Care

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Artsin Care Home Day

Marriott House and Lodge took part in the NAPA National Day of Arts in Care Homes initiative on the 24 September 2020 #ArtsinCareHomesDay.  The theme this year was creative communities, we decided to concentrate on vision of hope as our theme. We were so pleased that the local community got involved by sending in pictures of handprints, flowers, and butterflies. The residents and staff team spent the morning putting this fabulous display together which is now on display within the home. Thank you to all those that helped make this such a success.

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Upcoming events

Continuing Life Enrichment

During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.