News from Margaret House in Barley…

Residents from Margaret House in Barley, accompanied by their ‘carers’ from Barkway & Barley Federation school together enjoyed a wonderful day out at the Queen Mother’s childhood home of St Paul’s Walden Bury.

‘Stepping Out’ with young ‘carers’

They took part in a walk organised by the charity Stepping Out with Carers, which provides a walk, followed by a lunch for carers and the people they care for in a range of fabulous locations across Hertfordshire.

The school and Margaret House started working together last year and are continuing to expand the range of activities that they take part in together as there have been huge benefits seen on both sides from having the different generations mix.

Resident Enid Denchfield said “I love doing things with the children, they are so full of life and they lift your spirits and make your day.  On the walk, their conversations whilst walking helped us on our way and bought us out of ourselves, making the whole day so much more enjoyable”.

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Local Carer shortlisted for National Awards

Local carer Lea-Ann Smith, who works as the Social and Wellbeing Manager at Margaret House Residential and Dementia Care Home has been shortlisted as one of the six finalists for ‘Care Employee of the Year’ at the 2019 Caring UK Awards, with the winner being announced at the Awards ceremony in Leicester in November.

Lea-Ann, who won the HCPA Compassion in Care award for Hertfordshire last year said “I am thrilled to have made the final, but it is everyone in the team at Margaret House who contribute to making it an outstanding place to work and support me to do my job, which I love, to the best of my ability”.

Margaret House, Church End, Barley,
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01763 848272