Our team at
Skylark House

Trusted to care in Horsham

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Meet our friendly care team

Our skilled and passionate team are what make Skylark House the ‘good’ rated care home that it is. We all come from different backgrounds and cultures, but we are all dedicated to making our residents’ days as fulfilling and enjoyable as possible. Read more about us on this page.

Dorota (Dora) Woloszyn

Home Manager

Dorota (Dora) Woloszyn

I moved to Skylark House as Deputy Home Manager in 2016.

I’m in my element when I’m with residents and learning more about their lives – that’s the best part of what I do. Interacting with them and knowing I’m making a difference to their day is a great feeling. I also enjoy the compliance and governance part of my role. I start and finish every day with a smile, and that’s what makes me happy. 

A recent highlight for me was being named one of the top 50 leaders in care by Care Home Professional magazine. I’ve worked in care since 2012, when I moved to the UK. I started as a Care Assistant and I’m very proud to have reached the pinnacle of being the Manager of an excellent care home.

My goal as Home Manager is to take Skylark House to an ‘outstanding’ CQC rating. I have a strong team of fantastic people. We all have residents’ happiness and wellbeing in our hearts, and I’m determined to make positive changes to residents’ lives.  

Ashura Mwilima
Deputy Manager and Infection Prevention and Control Champion
The role of Infection Prevention ' Control (IPC) Champion is vital in ensuring that colleagues maintain a high standard of hygiene and cleanliness in the home, keeping residents and colleagues safe.

The role of Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) Champion is vital in ensuring that colleagues maintain a high standard of hygiene and cleanliness in the home, keeping residents and colleagues safe. They work hard to deliver the relevant training to the team, complete audits and keep on top of the legislation and guidelines.

Beverly Jordan
Customer Relations Manager
I spent 26 years'selling beds, gloves and consumables to care homes.

I spent 26 years selling beds, gloves and consumables to care homes. I joined Skylark House because it felt like it was time to come and work in a care home! My role involves welcoming potential new residents and their families into the home and showing them the difference we can make to their lives. 

I love the variety of this job: going from doing a show-round to organising the paperwork for a new resident’s admission, and then having a chat and a giggle with some of the residents. How many jobs enable you to do that?! 

One of the best things about my job is seeing a new resident settling in and enjoying life. Particularly if they’ve had a stay in hospital, being in lovely, calm surroundings and enjoying personalised care, activities and tasty food makes all the difference to them.

Rebecca Vincent
Lead Lifestyle Coordinator
I used to work for an events management company booking freelance crew.

I used to work for an events management company booking freelance crew. I joined the Skylark House team because I was keen to find a new challenge that was more meaningful and less desk-based! Many of the skills I’ve acquired are useful in this role, including the ability to multi-task. Empathy, energy and lots of positivity come in handy too.

I love to see residents smiling and laughing and really enjoying an activity. They’re the best moments in any day. It’s very rewarding to see my actions creating positive outcomes for individual residents and Skylark House as a whole.

The pandemic highlighted the importance of supporting residents to stay connected to their loved ones every day, and we continue to make that a priority. I’m looking forward to supporting residents to create many more lovely memories at Skylark House, as well as organising memorable events for residents, their loved ones and our friends in the community.

In my free time I love dogs, dancing and camping weekends. I’m a big music lover – it’s a great way to unwind and have fun. 

Shaun Pattenden
Head Chef
Before joining the Skylark House team in 2020 I was working at the National Trusts Wakehurst for three years, catering for the public.

Before joining the Skylark House team in 2020 I was working at the National Trusts Wakehurst for three years, catering for the public. It was quite a demanding job – Ive set up and cooked for 70,000 people as part of the five-week-long Glow Wild event, so Im no stranger to a challenge. However, I was keen to try something new, and cooking for people with specialist dietary needs really interested me, so here I am!

My favourite part of the working day is setting up in the morning: I enjoy planning and getting ahead of things, and good organisational skills are a must in this role. I also enjoy taking the cakes out to residents for them to enjoy in the café, and having a chat with them.

I love seeing residents enjoying the food that the team and I have cooked for them. In particular, I get a huge sense of achievement from seeing the difference that nutritious and delicious food can make to an older persons health and wellbeing.

Dean Simpson
Head of Maintenance
I spent many years in the Army in the Parachute Regiment, and many years working outdoors, which isnt much fun in the British climate! My father is in a care home, and thats shown me what amazing places they can be.

I spent many years in the Army in the Parachute Regiment, and many years working outdoors, which isnt much fun in the British climate! My father is in a care home, and thats shown me what amazing places they can be. When the chance came up to work in a Care UK care home, I jumped at the chance. It was an indoor job in a sector that does important, worthwhile work.

In this role you need to be able to multitask, to be flexible, and having a fast drying paint helps! I enjoy the daily health and safety checks – I get around the home having a chat with the residents. I also take pride in helping new residents to settle in. Getting their room set up, with photos and favourite pictures on the wall, helps them to feel valued and can make all the difference to their moving in experience.

Believe it or not, in my free time I enjoy doing a bit of DIY!

Jo Black
Head Housekeeper
I used to run my own catering business, but after a couple of years of working mostly outdoors, I decided it was time to head inside! I love cleaning, so working in housekeeping really appealed to me.

I used to run my own catering business, but after a couple of years of working mostly outdoors, I decided it was time to head inside! I love cleaning, so working in housekeeping really appealed to me. I was delighted to be appointed to my current role after less than a year at Skylark House. 

I use many of the skills from running my own business in this role too. I need to plan and organise my team and our jobs for the day, and it’s important to be able to adapt to whatever comes up. 

One of the best parts of the day is returning clean clothes to residents and having a chat with them while I put their things away. I love having a job that enables me to support some amazing people, and it’s very satisfying to maintain the high standards of cleanliness in the home. 

Our experienced teams

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

Carers

Our hardworking teams always keep residents 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. 

Nurses

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.

Lifestyle

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 residents enjoy an exceptional and safe service every day.


All our teams get to know residents 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.