Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Volunteers required!

By 26th March, 2020 News Comments Off

As you can imagine in these unprecedented times the Charlotte Straker Project is trying to manage any staffing shortages to the best of its ability.

We have always relied on volunteers and have many great people who support us both as Volunteers and Trustees.

However given the perimeters that have been set we find that most of these amazing people are either over the age of 70 or have a condition which prevents them supporting us at this time.

We are therefore calling out to any locals who feel they have skills that can assist us – e.g nursing, carers, housekeeping, kitchen, office skills etc.

We will obviously have to screen any willing volunteers to ensure they are fit and healthy before coming in to help but if you feel you can offer something please contact us via, or please call 01434 633999 and we will take down your details.

Thank you VERY much!


By 23rd March, 2020 News Comments Off

As of 23rd March 2020: CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

As the ever-changing situation with the COVID-19 Coronavirus develops, we have been monitoring this on a daily basis and implementing the Government’s recommendations and Public Health (PHE) advice. As you are aware like many other care home providers, we have been implementing a number of infection control steps to avoid and outbreak within Charlotte Straker House. The health and safety of both our residents and staff is our main priority.

As our residents are vulnerable to the coronavirus, we have taken the difficult decision to suspend all visits from relatives and friends.  We understand this decision is very difficult for some to hear as it was for Charlotte Straker Board of Trustees and Registered Manager to make.

If you have exceptional personal circumstances that you feel warrant a visit, please contact our Registered Manager, Marilyn Hunter, on 01434 633 999, before you travel to Charlotte Straker House.

Our intention is to follow public health advice to determine when visits will return to normal, which means that as things currently stand, our initial estimate is that these restrictions may be in place for up to 12 weeks.

We ask for your support in complying with this decision to keep our residents and staff safe.

We will continue to do our best to support residents to keep in touch with loved ones via other methods, such as phone and video calls, letters or emails in the short term.

Thank you

Berenice Groves, 

Chair of the Trustees

Our housekeeping staff are working tirelessly to keep us safe

By 20th March, 2020 News Comments Off

Our housekeeping and care staff are working tirelessly to follow our robust infection control guidelines.

Our care and support staff always maintain the best possible standards of hygiene and as we are caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, we are highly vigilant about handwashing and other disinfectant and hygiene measures.

Our dedicated housekeeping team are constantly disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, taps, sinks, computers, phones etc) and making sure that they are adhering to our stringent cleaning procedures.

The wellbeing of our residents is our highest priority and we are extremely proud and grateful for the dedication of all of our staff team in this difficult time.

The picture shows Nicola Pick, our Head of Housekeeping as she works in a resident’s room.

Our Charity Fashion Show is postponed.

By 15th March, 2020 News Comments Off

Due to the ongoing health concerns around the coronavirus we have made the difficult decision at a meeting with the retailers and everyone involved in organising our Charity Fashion Show on 24th March 2020 to postpone this event until further notice.

However, our raffle is still going ahead and tickets can be bought from Croft & Graves Optometrists in Corbridge, Finale Shoes and Accessories, Norma James, Katie Kerr Clothing and Vintage at the Tower. The raffle will still be drawn at Easter, and winners will be notified by phone.

For those who have already bought a Fashion Show ticket:

  • You can use your existing ticket for the future fashion show, or if you prefer,
  • Please take your ticket back to the retailer where it was purchased and they will give a refund.

Thank you for your support

The Charlotte Straker Project and Corbridge Youth Initiative

Ramble for Respite – 19th September 2020

By 9th March, 2020 News Comments Off

A brand new fundraising event is being planned for Saturday 19th September 2020 – called “Ramble for Respite”.

It’s designed for everyone – a six mile family and dog friendly walk along Hadrian’s Wall to start and end up at the Twice Brewed Inn.

We will be organising a dedicated sponsored walk webpage and sign up with Virgin MoneyGiving so everyone can get involved, and all monies raised will go directly to the Community Respite Care Bed.

We can’t wait to share more details with you – so keep that date in your diary and watch this space!

Brand new shower for bungalow resident

By 9th March, 2020 News Comments Off

Jean is a resident in one of our bungalows. These are eight living units, helping residents to live independently with additional support if required.

Recently Jean found it difficult to use her bath and shower, and the unit was beginning to show signs of deterioration. The Home Group is the housing association which is responsible for the upkeep of the bungalows, and they assessed the bathroom and agreed to install a brand new accessible shower. The Charlotte Straker Project funded 50% of the upgrade.

Jean now finds it much easier to use and says “it’s very warm and I’m not worried about falling over anymore.” Thank you to the Home Group for being so responsive and replacing the shower with a minimum of fuss and mess!

Legacy Gifts fund our latest refurbishments

By 9th March, 2020 News Comments Off

Our brand new ensuite resident room, remodelled office and new hairdressing and nail salon are now completely finished.

The work has been completed to a very high standard and has been entirely funded by some generous legacies. The room is already occupied by a new resident, and the salon and office are a great improvement on the past accommodation.

Legacies, also known as bequests or gifts in your will are very important to the Charlotte Straker Project. Past gifts have funded a variety of work. They help us to plan for the future with confidence, allowing us to undertake vital developments and improvements.

No matter the size of legacy gift you choose to leave, your kindness and generosity will enable Charlotte Straker to make a difference to the lives of many local people. By leaving a gift in your Will, we can provide care, comfort and support for residents, respite patients, and their families and carers.

Do something wonderful today so we make a difference tomorrow!

If you would like to leave a gift to our charity in your will, please click on the link below for more information.