Meet our Activities Coordinator, Gemma Bhandari

Hello, my name is Gemma and I am an activities coordinator at Sutton Valence Care Home. I have worked here for over five years and I love it.

I started my employment here over five years ago as a domestic assistant, then I was given the opportunity to join the activities team and I have not looked back.

Every day is different and so rewarding. I love being part of the residents lives.

I have a diploma in social care. 

Our activities team are great at building the activities programme around the likes and interests of the people we care for. Ensuring that our social events offer fun and adventure is part of the ethos of our home; it’s important that those we support can enjoy an active and social lifestyle. Of course, there will always be those who prefer peace and quiet, and in these instances, a cup of tea and a chat are always welcomed.

Activities and Events Partnerships

As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies

Life at Sutton Valence Care Home

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Carers Week

Residents wanted to thank all the wonderful staff at the home, whose hard work and dedication make a real difference to the lives of those living in their care. Carers Week is an annual event to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges carers face, and recognising the contribution they make to our residents, families and communities throughout the UK. The theme for Carers Week this year is ‘Making caring visible, valued and supported’ - to shine a light on all those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to care for vulnerable people in our communities. Care Staff were treated to a special presentation from our Manager Robert and Deputy Manager Nisha and all carers were given gifts as a small thank you for all there hardwork and dedication. We finished off with cake all round and lots of sweets treats

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VE Day

Today in Sutton Valence Care Home we utilised a range of memorabilia to mark the Victory in Europe during the Second World War. Bertha one of our residents so rightly said “it’s sad to remember because war is painful”, but it is however, a day we must remember in history.Regina, another resident at Sutton Valence supported this by saying "we were just young babies but the memories are very strong and yet war still goes on, as we think of those in the Ukraine now in another war." Very apt words from a generation that had witnessed so much.

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Love is in the air at Sutton Valence

Staff and residents celebrated the day with Chef Suraj and Mark creating heart-shaped biscuits, handmade truffles for our residents to enjoy. The home was decorated with big red balloons and heart shaped decorations. 

Elvis' Birthday

The home was transformed into Graceland recently to mark what would have been Elvis Presley’s 86th birthday on 8th January.

It is estimated that Elvis has sold over one billion records worldwide so to honour the undisputed King of Rock & Roll, the staff and residents enjoyed a fantastic day of music, fun and dancing.

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Christmas Gifts and Festivities

There was lots happening at Sutton Valence over the Christmas period, including wonderful wreath making sessions and lots of present giving!

Christmas display at Sutton Valence

Residents and staff, led by Adelle, were treated to a fabulous display for Christmas 2021, our Winter Wonderland creation! This takes many months to create each year culminating in a huge, bright and sophisticated themed display that fills the home with joy and laughter! 

Well done Adelle and thank you from us all at Sutton Valence!


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