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Church View

Trusted to care in Seaham, County Durham

Trusted to care in Seaham, County Durham|With 40 years’ experience,
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Meet our friendly care team

We’re a close-knit team at Church View. Most colleagues, like our residents, come from the local area, so we’re really like one big family! We think nothing of going the extra mile for your loved one, helping them to make the most of each day. Find out more about us on these pages.

Cheryl Bailey

Home Manager

Cheryl Bailey

I’m a Registered Nurse with over 25 years of experience in care home management.

I’ve achieved my Level 4 in Management training and am also a qualified mental health first aider.

I have experience working for large care providers and care homes, including looking after a multi-site home that I helped to turn around from a Requires Improvement rating to Good in all areas within six months. I joined Care UK after hearing great things and wanting to become part of the team.

My role is centred around making sure residents and families are happy, and my favourite part of my job is spending time with residents and their relatives. In this role, it’s important to be open, friendly and outgoing. I believe the Home Manager needs to be a people person, have an open-door policy and always be approachable.

As a team, we support each other like a family through good times and bad. I feel proud of what we do when residents are happy in the home.

I like reading and doing crafts when I’m not working. I also enjoy spending time with my family.

Amy Crumbie
Deputy Manager

I’ve worked at Church View for more than 10 years in different roles. I came from school as a Lifestyle Coordinator, then moved into care and then admin until recently getting the Deputy Manager role. I’ve gained lots of knowledge about the needs of the residents over this time.

As Deputy Manager, you need to be friendly and approachable, have good knowledge around care and be able to make decisions in what can be stressful situations. It’s my job to make sure residents are happy, comfortable and all their needs are met.

Spending time with the residents, building relationships with them and seeing their smiles is still my favourite part of my role.

My colleagues make me proud through the hard work and excellent care they provide every day. I was also proud to be named Apprentice of the Year at the Care UK Stars Awards 2022.

If I'm not at work, I’m spending time with my two children.

Paula Tapping
Lifestyle Lead

I joined Care UK so I could continue to make a difference to people’s lives. Seeing residents’ smiles and knowing I enhanced a person’s day makes me proud of what I do.

Before working as a Lifestyle Coordinator, I lived in Spain and owned a restaurant from 2004 to 2020, when I relocated back to England.

A Lifestyle Coordinator needs excellent organisaiotnal skills, strong communication abilities, creativity and empathy to understand individual preferences and needs. The most important part of my role is knowing that in some way, no matter how big or small, I can enrich an individual’s life.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren and travelling.

Anne Curry
Lifestyle Coordinator

I used to be a support worker and nursing assistant in the NHS. I joined Church View in 2013 to enjoy a different set of challenges. I’m so pleased I made the switch because I’ve learnt a lot here, and met some fantastic people. 

One of the highlights of my role is being able to sit and chat to residents and learn more about the things they’ve done – you can always learn something new about someone you thought you knew well, and it’s all useful in helping us to tailor activities to people’s interests.

We work hard to bring residents interesting and different activities to do, and we’re always open to new ideas. We’ll give anything a go. Seeing residents laughing and enjoying themselves, and forming friendships, is the best part of my role.

Susan Guy
Head Chef

Before joining Church View, I worked in catering in a golf club, making buffets and a variety of meals. I had worked for Care UK previously as a Second Chef, and when I saw this job advertised I was keen to come back.

It’s my job to make sure everyone’s needs are met and residents are happy with their meals and refreshments. In this role, good knowledge of food production methods is a must, and it’s important to be able to accept criticism and work well under pressure. Working as a team with good verbal communication and customer service is also key.

Mealtimes are my favourite part of the day. I like to go around to see the residents and ask if they are enjoying their meal. My team make me very proud of my work at Church View.

Outside of work, I like to spend time with my jackawawa, Prinny, who I adore, and my granddaughters Lilly and Mia. I also enjoy gardening, cooking, socialising and driving.

Sharon Mitchell
Business Administrator

Before joining Care UK, I worked in retail as Cash Office and Personnel Manager for Next. I was looking for a change, and Care UK sounded great. My role is all about assisting relatives with any financial and billing queries, and I’m proud of the relationships I have built with residents and relatives.

I love arriving each morning and saying good morning to all the lovely residents in the dining room having breakfast. There are always lots of lovely smiles. In this role, it’s important to be empathetic, friendly and approachable, as well as diplomatic, organised, and courteous.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and walking my dog, Benji. I also make my own aromatherapy products in my free time.

Andrew Wetherell

I’ve gained experience from working on building sites and at various building, plumbing and plastering firms. Before joining Care UK, I was working with children in care, but I had previously worked at Church View when it was owned by another care provider. I loved working here, and that’s why I came back.

The most important part of my role is the safety of the residents, colleagues and relatives at Church View. I love reaching the end of the day when all my checks have been completed and knowing that the home is safe and happy. Seeing the home looking fantastic and hearing relatives praising the team for all their hard work makes me proud of what we do.

In this role, you need to be friendly, approachable and able to converse with residents. It’s important to always be vigilant about the safety of the home.

Outside of work, I enjoy camping, football, walking and game nights with my family.

Canine Relations Manager

I have the best job of anyone at Church View. I get to visit all the residents every day and collect cuddles and titbits as they chat and stroke me. I’m here to provide a service, and I think I’m pretty good at what I do. 

I started working here in 2018 because my mum is the administrator here. The residents love dogs at Church View, so it made sense for me to join the team too. 

My day generally involves making my way around the home and checking in on all my friends to make sure everyone’s happy. I’ll then have a sleep, then a nap and maybe a little doze after that – I like to mix things up a bit. 

Outside of work, things can get a little more active, with long walks, trips to the beach and ball games in the field. When it all gets too much, I like to unwind in a sunny spot in the garden with my favourite bone. 

Our experienced teams

Every day Care UK colleagues live our values of passionate, caring and teamwork to empower residents to enjoy fulfilling lives.


If you are keen to be part of a growing organisation that’s focused on delivering high quality care while having fun in a family atmosphere, get started with Care UK today.

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Our dedicated lifestyle teams work hard to organise a range of activities and events at our home. From gardening and baking to quizzes, music sessions and even live entertainment. Above all, we get to know your loved one to make sure our activities are tailored to suit their interests and hobbies.

Home support roles

From catering to maintenance, housekeeping to administration, our home support teams play a crucial part in ensuring individuals enjoy an exceptional and safe service every day.

All our teams get to know each person they care for to ensure they provide a service that’s designed around their unique needs and tastes. 

Infection control

Each of our homes have a trained Infection Control and Prevention Champion – they are responsible for carrying out daily infection control audit and ensuring cleaning protocols are meticulously applied.