Trusted to care in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Team Davers is pretty impressive: our people regularly win awards for their fantastic work and commitment. We’re a supportive group of people who love what we do, and who want to make every day fantastic for our residents. If you’d like to find out more about us, take a look at our short biographies.
I joined Care UK in 2016, following 15 years in the charity sector where I was able to make a huge difference to disadvantaged people through fundraising.
It has always been a passion of mine to support people and I am really pleased to be able to build relationships with the staff, residents, friends and family at our home in Bury St Edmunds.
A favourite part of my day here is meal times, when staff and residents get together, enjoy a meal and share stories. I am looking forward to being a large part of the transition for new residents to Davers Court and making them feel welcome and part of the family.
After spending several years in an office-based role, I was ready to do something more worthwhile.
I’ve now spent three years in the care sector, including working as a Lifestyle Coordinator for the last 18 months.
Being offered the Day Centre Manager role was a huge career highlight because it’s a new and exciting challenge. I believe it’s important to be caring, open minded and flexible in this role. You need good communication skills and a sense of humour too.
My favourite part of my working days are the little moments I spend with someone helping them achieve their goal and really making a difference.
Seeing the genuine difference we make to people’s lives makes me feel so proud to be part of such a great team. Teamwork is a huge priority across the whole home too. The way everyone pulls together is so important.
I have six children, and they keep me busy outside of work, but I also enjoy swimming.
I’ve been in the care industry for three years, first working as a carer during lockdown.
I joined Care UK because I was impressed with the approach to person-centred care.
Teamwork is important as a Lifestyle Coordinator, and you need to be caring, compassionate and have patience and understanding.
I love group activities because you get to see the residents out of the suites and socialising together. I enjoy spending one-on-one time with residents too. I recently took a resident to the pub and found out they hadn’t had a hamburger in 20 years. I bought him a hamburger, and seeing the joy on his face as he ate it was so special.
I’m proud of the team I work with and of the difference we make for residents living at Davers Court.
Outside of work, I enjoy gardening, walking in the countryside, shopping and relaxing in front of the TV.
I started working at Davers Court in 2017 after a member of my family recommended working in the care sector.
Before I worked here, I was a professional dancer.
To do well in this role you need to be a compassionate, caring person. Not only for the residents that live in the home but all the staff that work here, the relatives of our residents and multidisciplinary teams. You also need to have incredible leadership qualities whilst being supportive and educating.
I have worked with our residents for over four years now, so I really look forward to continuing to ensure they all live a fulfilling lifestyle. I also pride myself in coaching all staff to provide the best level of care possible.
I have many highlights of my career so far, but I’m most proud of Davers Court achieving outstanding in the five areas in our last CQC inspection.
Outside of work I still enjoy dance, performance, makeup artistry and anything creative. If the weather is nice, you may find me in a garden with a glass of wine or enjoying the sunshine with my loved ones.
I have an extensive background in catering but I fancied a change and a new challenge within the care sector.
I wanted a job that made a difference so in 2018 I became the head chef at Davers Court. The home has such a welcoming atmosphere, we’re like a family here and it is a pleasure to cook for the residents.
A head chef needs to have flare, enthusiasm and good communication. I have an excellent team in the kitchen and together we produce tasty and balanced meals. My favourite part of the day is when I get to see the residents enjoying their meals. I appreciate hearing their feedback and always look for ways to improve what we produce. When I’m not at work I like to unwind by spending time with my family and friends.
Before working at Care UK, I was a manager in retail, but I wanted to go into a role where I could help others, and Davers Court was recommended to me.
As a Dementia Champion, it’s important to be caring and respectful and to have good communication and be open to listening to others. I think the most important part of my role is listening to residents and giving them choices – we all work hard to make the care we provide at Davers Court person centred.
It’s fantastic seeing the difference we make to resdients’ days and supporting their friends and families. When I see the difference I've made to someone’s life and see their smiles, that’s what makes me proud to do what I do.
It’s great to see our hard work recognised, too – I was proud to have been part of a team that won ‘Best End of Life Care in Dementia’ in Suffolk.
When I’m not working, I enjoy bowling, sunny holidays and seeing friends and family
I’m Davers Court’s IPC Champion, so I’ve been trained in infection prevention and control.
I’ve also had moving and handling training and dementia training.
I love being able to talk to the residents and working with the team to fulfil their lives. In this role, it’s important to listen to residents’ wishes and to be joyful and hardworking.
Caring for the residents living at Davers Court is the most important part of my role, and I love going out of my way for them.
I’m proud to be able to work in such a good team and to continue improving in my career.
When I’m not working, I enjoy bowling, hanging out with friends and going to the gym.
I joined Davers Court after a friend recommended working for Care UK, and I really enjoy providing support to the home.
I think it’s important as a Head Housekeeper to be motivated, hardworking and a team player. I enjoy spending the whole day working and knowing I do my job well. It’s really important that I keep high standards of cleanliness and provide support to my team and the residents.
Outside of work, I enjoy going on holidays and spending time with my family.
I’ve been part of the Davers Court team for several years now, and I was a hospital play specialist before I joined the team.
While this can be a very busy role, I always try to make time each day to spend with the residents. It’s the people – the residents and the team – that make Davers Court so special.
I think it’s important to be able to juggle many different tasks in this role, particularly when the phone’s ringing, a colleague is asking for something, a resident fancies a chat, and we have visitors at the door! Counselling and listening skills are also very useful as I’m often the first point of contact for people who are looking for care for a loved one, and they can be under huge pressure.
We have regular ‘Going the Extra Mile’ awards in the home to recognise colleagues who are doing great things, and it was a huge highlight when I was nominated. However, I have to say that supporting the lovely residents and my great teammates is its own reward.
In my free time I enjoy listening to live music, keeping my garden under control, playing with my grandchildren and indulging in a bit of mint-flavoured chocolate (my absolute favourite!).
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.