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Sue is the Activities Lead at Kenwith Castle, a spacious care home located in over 30-acres of stunning North Devon grounds.
Sue began working for Care South in 1998 as a Head Chef, before taking six years out to run her own restaurant. She returned to the Kenwith Castle’s kitchen in 2008 as a pastry chef, before moving to an activities-based role.
Sue said: “I enjoy enabling the residents to do things they used to enjoy. The trips out on the minibus to places in the forest or to see our beautiful coastlines are all very much enjoyed and make for a great source of conversation and reminiscence.”
Sue holds certificates in Therapeutic Activities, Exercise Leadership in Care Settings, Activities Leadership in Care Homes, and a Diploma in Dementia.
In her role as Activities Lead, Sue is responsible for setting up the activities for the residents in the care home. Sue said: “A typical day starts with what I call ‘butterflying’ where I pop in to see some residents or stop and chat to anyone I pass. I then set up our room ready for the day’s activities – I use lunchtime to get my paperwork completed. Everyone enjoys Monday and Tuesday afternoons as this is when we venture out in our minibus.”
Kenwith Castle is a care home with a community feel and often welcomes people into the care home’s bar or communal lounges that overlook the lake for engaging events and fundraisers. Many of the staff have family links to Kenwith Castle and have spends many years ensuring residents can live in their new home with comfort and enjoyment.
St Ives House
Emma has been working for Care South since the age of 18. She began her career as a Care Assistant at Care South’s Wickmeads care home, before promotions to the roles of Night Shift Leader, Care Team Leader, Deputy Home Manager, and Home Manager at Queensmead in 2016. She has also managed Alexandra House care home in Parkstone.
Emma said: “My Mum worked for Care South for 18 years, so as a child I was very much involved in Queensmead, attending its annual fayres and parties. A career in care was the only thing I ever really wanted. Throughout my time at Care South, I have been provided with excellent training and a chance to progress in my career.”
Emma holds a Level 3 NVQ in Health and Social Care, a Leadership and Management Qualification and is close to completing a Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care Leadership and Management.
In her role as Home Manager, Emma is responsible for the day-to-day running of the home, ensuring a first-rate level of care is provided for residents. Emma said: “I enjoy the variety in my role; I never know what the day will entail. I love spending time with the residents and their families, as well as the management side of the job.”
“I believe the key to running a successful care home lies in leading by example. I am a very hands-on Manager, and pride myself on knowing each of my residents and their families personally. I like nothing more than helping out with daily care tasks or joining residents for trips out. Good community involvement is paramount to the happiness of our residents. Seeing them stimulated and happy is very rewarding. The residents are the best part of my job; they are like my extended family.”
“A well trained and happy team is vital for a successful home.”
“I would certainly recommend a career with Care South. There are plenty of opportunities for career progression, with specialist training and qualifications to work towards. There is immense job satisfaction.”
“Care South is passionate about the quality of care it delivers. It has provided me with fantastic training and development opportunities and allowed me to fulfil my career ambitions.”
I first started working for the company in 2010 as a carer at Queensmead care home, before I transferred to Talbot View. I love my job and being part of a team. I always aim is to make residents laugh and smile, sometimes I even sing to them. I feel at home at Talbot View.
Maiden Castle House
I started in Care South in 2010 as a Care Assistant and worked my way up to Senior Carer and then to Care Team Leader. On my sixth year with Care South, I took on the role of relief Deputy Manager before being offered the role permanently. As part of my career development I have been supported to do both Level 3 and Level 5 Diplomas in Health and Social Care. It is this training and the opportunity to further my career that I enjoy about working for Care South. I’ve had no time to become stale in my job because of the challenges I face on a daily basis. I recommended Care South to my best friend who now also works here.
Care South at Home
I joined Care South over a decade ago. I initially worked part time but when I was made redundant from my role in engineering I applied to work full time in our ‘Select’ team. The role does require a lot of hard work and effort but it is rewarding. The clients really appreciate what you are doing.
I enjoy being able to go above and beyond with the care we provide and can do this with a smile on my face as I know that my visits are really making a difference. The office team are always there to speak and provide support. Training is always there when needed and I can truly say I love my job. This role is more than just going into work.
I’ve worked at Beauchamp House for five years, starting as a domestic assistant and working my way up to head housekeeper. When Care South gave me the opportunity to progress in my career, I was delighted. I especially enjoy seeing the residents and getting to know them. The staff are friendly and helpful and the job also has a lot of variety.
Care Team Leader,
I joined Fremington manor in 2012 as a health care assistant at a time when I was really unsure in my life and where I wanted my career to go, but I knew I was a caring, compassionate person who had a lot to give. Although I found my new career daunting, I quickly settled thanks to the warm welcome, and I now find it extremely rewarding.
I would not have had the confidence or the skills to advance without the support of the managers and the incredible team at Fremington Manor over the past eight years. I have always felt valued, listened to and respected. They have enabled me to thrive in the world of health and social care and I cannot thank them enough.
While at college, I took park in work experience at Alexandra House for two weeks. This experience really encouraged me to pursue a career within Care South and in the Health and Social Care industry. They have offered me many opportunities so far, such as completing a Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care. They have really supported me in my role, and I have learnt a lot in a short space of time.
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