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Tall Trees

Experts in award winning care in Colchester, Essex

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Meet our friendly care team

Get to know the wonderful team here at Tall Trees. From our skilled and experienced managers, to our valued carers, nurses, housekeeping and maintenance staff, each individual here is passionate about the residents care and strives to make each day the best it can be.

Alice Banda

Home Manager

Alice Banda

I trained as a nurse as I'm passionate about caring and about delivering quality care.

Before joining Care UK in 2011 I'd worked for two other healthcare providers. I'd heard about the organisation's vision for older people's care, and I was keen to be a part of it.

I believe that making the little moments count is all-important to helping an older person to live a meaningful life. We see the difference it makes and it motivates us to do more. I have a very caring team here at Tall Trees, and each of us, whatever our role, understands that we can make a big difference to residents. 

We've come a long way together at Tall Trees. We have a great team, and were focused on delivering the highest standards of care. 

Christopher Donlon
Deputy Manager

Im a qualified nurse, and I joined Care UK in 2019 as Deputy Manager at Tall Trees because the organisation has an excellent reputation for providing a high standard of care.

Before I joined the Tall Trees team I was Physical Health Lead Nurse at a secure hospital for adults with learning difficulties, mental health conditions and challenging behaviour.

One of my favourite parts of the day is spending time talking to the residents here at Tall Trees. We talk about their day, and about the things theyve done in their lives, and what theyd like to achieve. As well as helping me to get to know them better, its the best way to build a rapport with them.

Theres a great team here at Tall Trees and Im enjoying supporting them to continue doing their best work – making a difference to the lives of the people we care for, and their families.

Andrea Bradshaw
Lifestyle Lead

I’ve been working for Care UK since 2008.

I was new to the care sector when I joined the organisation and it seemed a good place to start. Here I am, ten years later!

By far the best part of my day is the time I get to spend with the residents. Being able to make a difference to help them live more fulfilling lives is a huge privilege, and something I find hugely fulfilling myself. 

At Tall Trees, and Care UK as a whole, we’re about delivering a ‘whole home approach’ to care and to helping residents to enjoy meaningful lifestyles. It’s brilliant seeing more and more of my colleagues getting on board and realising that they have an important part to play. Anything can be a meaningful interaction for a resident, whether it’s putting laundry away together or having a chat when you deliver someone a cup of tea. 

Johnathan Wiekamp
Head Chef

This is my first role in care.

Prior to joining the Tall Trees team I was a sous chef for five years.

I trained as a chef at the Colchester Institute. After I qualified, I moved to London and worked in some very high end establishments. I spent a long time working at Buckingham Palace, cooking for HM Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. During my time there I also catered for some big functions in the gardens. I stayed for weeks at a time when they travelled to Sandringham, Balmoral and Windsor.

Working in the care sector brings some unique challenges, including understanding each resident’s dietary needs and taste preferences. I’m really enjoying these challenges and taking the food to a new level of quality and presentation to benefit the residents. 

Paul White
Maintenance

I was self-employed for 34 years before joining Care UK in 2012.

I decided to work here as I really enjoyed my initial interview, I felt instantly welcomed and love the interaction with the residents.

To do my job well you need to have a love of people and a want to make a difference. Career highlights for me include being nominated for awards and doing the voice over of several Care UK videos. My favourite part of my job is being able to spend time with the residents and the team – we’re like one big family.

Outside of Tall Trees I enjoy gardening and spending time with my five grandchildren.

Elvis
Canine Relations Manager

I’ve been bringing smiles to the faces of residents, visitors and colleagues ever since I joined Tall Trees in late 2016.

I love living here: there’s always someone to make a fuss of me and give me a treat, which are my most favourite things.

I like to start my day with a sausage-based breakfast before doing the rounds of the home, collecting cuddles and tummy pats from the lovely residents. I like to look my best for residents and visitors, and that sometimes means dressing up. If someone wants to go for a walk around the garden, I’m always happy to tag along. After that, it’s time for a snooze before I do my rounds again.

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 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. 

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 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.