Trusted to care in Seaham
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.
I was a team leader before I joined Care UK in 2016. I’d heard great things about Care UK’s approach to care, its focus on quality and how it supported its colleagues to progress, so I wanted to experience it for myself.
I’ve learnt so much here, and I continue to do so on the management side, which enables me to fully support the residents, their families and our team. Care UK supports its colleagues with fantastic training so they can fulfil their potential and deliver the best care. I’ve achieved a level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care, and I’m looking forward to continuing to develop my expertise in care.
In this role it’s important to have a positive attitude and be professional at all times. You need lots of initiative so you can adapt to whatever challenges the day brings – this role certainly keeps you on your toes! It’s also important to balance those elements with being caring, patient and understanding, and being a good listener. We’re here to fulfil residents’ lives and, ultimately, listening is key to that. When we know and understand each person we can find ways to bring meaning and happiness to their life.
I decided I wanted to work at Church View when a friend’s grandad was a resident here. When I visited him with my friend I absolutely loved it here.
There are many different aspects to my role that I enjoy, but one of the best things is supporting people to do things that they struggle to do for themselves. We empower people to be as independent as possible, and the important thing is knowing a person well so you know when to stand back and let them do things, and when they need a helping hand.
I’m very proud to work at Church View. We’re a great team and in the hardest of times during the pandemic we worked brilliantly together to keep everyone safe. As IPC Champion I spearhead safe working, ensuring that everyone is trained in IPC and is working to the highest standards.
In my free time I enjoy doing lots of different things, including spending time with my children, watching films and box sets, playing football and drawing.
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.
I’ve been part of the Church View team since 2017 – I used to work in the home shopping department of a big supermarket chain. However, I wanted to join Care UK because I was keen to grow my skills and achieve better career progression.
The training the organisation provides is very good, and I’ve done lots of different courses since I started, including in dementia awareness, which I’m passionate about. I’m the dementia champion for the home, and have delivered training for all of my colleagues so we can be sure we’re delivering best practice dementia care.
I love chatting to residents and listening to their life stories, and I work hard to find new and exciting activities for us to do together. I would say that my role requires patience, time, a creative approach and a determination to take a risk and try new things. Ultimately, it’s all about having a positive impact on residents by making them smile, laugh and feel valued.
Prior to joining the team at Church View I was the cook in a school for 14 years. However, I was keen to work in a care home again and support older people – I’d been Head Chef in a care home before working at the school.
In this role it’s important to have patience and good time management skills. You also need to be good at working as a team with colleagues and chatting to residents to find out how they’re doing and the food they’re enjoying.
We bake fresh cakes every morning for the residents and by 1015 there’s a table full of delicious treats. I always think ‘I’m never going to get everything done in time’ but we always manage it!
I like to make food fun and be a bit creative about things. When I make good food that puts a smile on people’s faces it makes me feel happy. A job well done.
I’ve been part of the Church View team since 2016. Before joining the team here, I worked in retail. I enjoy the fact that there’s always a lot to get my teeth into here. I enjoy coming to work every day. While my role means that I need to be organised, it’s also vital that I’m approachable and show empathy. Each day is different, whether I’m supporting the managers, relatives or colleagues, but one of the best parts is getting to spend time with residents. It’s a pleasure to know that I am part of the great team here at Church View, and doing my bit to support residents and their families.
My dog Benji is a big part of my life. I’m able to bring him to work, and the residents love giving him a cuddle. Outside of work, I spend a lot of time going long walks with him.
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.
Every day Care UK colleagues live our values of passionate, caring and teamwork to empower residents to enjoy fulfilling lives.
Our hardworking teams always keep individuals and their families at the heart of the care they provide. We work with you to shape the care your loved one receives, the food they’re served, the activities and experiences they want to do – even the ways they prefer to keep in touch with their friends and family.
The nurses at Care UK are highly skilled and receive sector-leading training, which enables them to keep developing expertise in different clinical fields from dementia to palliative care.
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.
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.
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.