Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Two Bedroomed Bungalow available from June

By 27th May, 2020 News No Comments

We will have a 2 bedroomed furnished bungalow, as a supported living unit, available for rent in June. The residents in our bungalows are able to purchase meals in-house and can join in all resident activities.

Applications received will be shortlisted according to the following criteria:
1. over 55
2. health and social care need
3. housing need

If you are interested applying for an Assured Shorthold Tenancy, please contact the office on 01434 633999 for information and bungalow application form or the Registered Manager who can provide further information.

A call for hearts!

By 21st May, 2020 News No Comments

A call for crocheted, knitted or sewn hearts!

We have already received 28 little crocheted hearts (thank you Susan and Karen!) but we still need some more. The idea is that we make pairs of matching hearts, and give one to resident and send the matching one to their families, so that they have something of each other to hold onto during lockdown.

If you would like to make some hearts, we’d be very grateful. They need to be no bigger than palm sized, either crocheted or stitched out of clean cloth, and sealed in a plastic bag with the date clearly marked.

They can be left in the summer house in the grounds – please email us on or ring 01434 633 999 to let us know that they are there.

The photo shows our Senior Carer Karen Dover with some of our hearts, and a lovely card from Karen and Susan who made the hearts.

Thank you so much for your help!


By 21st May, 2020 News No Comments

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We are so grateful to our staff and volunteers, who are working very hard to keep our vulnerable residents safe. Thank you to all our staff for their dedication, hardwork and commitment in looking after our residents during this difficult time. They make a difference every day.


By 16th May, 2020 News No Comments


The available nursing room is on the ground floor of the Graham Grant (Nursing) Wing. This room is modern, larger size with full facilities including overhead tracking plus an accessible ensuite shower, toilet and handbasin. Please see our video walkthrough of this room below.

The available residential room is on the first floor and is a traditional standard sized room with a lovely view overlooking the summerhouse, garden and flower beds to the front of Charlotte Straker House. Facilities provided include ensuite shower, toilet and handbasin.

A comprehensive pre-admission assessment will be carried out for all residents prior to admission to ensure we can fully meet the care and support needs of potential residents.

Covid Testing: to protect our residents and staff, we will ask for a Covid-19 Test to be carried out prior to admission. We have been following Public Health England’s guidance with the Gov. website. and on admission we will provide care and support in isolation for 14 days, with dedicated 24 hour care to prevent any infection. We will fully consult with residents and families throughout this process.

For photos and further information please visit our website…/residential-care/

If you are interested and wish to discuss further, please contact our Deputy Manager on 01434 633999 (Option 1)

Celebrating VE Day with our residents

By 10th May, 2020 News No Comments

We enjoyed a lovely sunny day on Friday to celebrate VE Day with our residents, who loved being out in the fresh air and the wonderful warm weather. Over glasses of prosecco, our residents chatted with staff and volunteers and reminisced about how they celebrated 75 years ago. Everyone then finished off the day with a delicious afternoon tea made by our Head Cook Debbie. We all enjoyed the stories, and watched the coverage on the news and the chance to remember times past. Thank you to all the staff who made this such a special day and to Lesley for taking the following photographs.

Rainbow paintings and drawings for our residents and staff

By 4th May, 2020 News No Comments

We have received some more wonderful rainbow paintings and pictures. Thank you to the children and grownups who are sending these in! We have printed out every single work of art that has been sent to us and we’re displaying them in windows and in corridors of Charlotte Straker House.

Our residents are reading each letter and love looking at all the different drawings. If you would like to send a photo of your artwork or a letter, please email it directly to

(The picture shows Nicola Pick, Head of Housekeeping, sticking up the latest artwork in the windows of Charlotte Straker House.)

Thank you to local author LJ Ross for her donation of goodies

By 28th April, 2020 News Comments Off

Thank you VERY MUCH to local author LJ Ross who donated (through the The Corbridge Larder), groceries and goodies to our Charlotte Straker staff – this is wonderful and very much appreciated!

Enjoying a haircut, even under lockdown

By 28th April, 2020 News Comments Off

Our residents Maureen, Olive and John enjoyed a haircut, courtesy of Emily, a member of our Housekeeping department.

Emily used to be a hairdresser and stayed behind after her shift to make sure the residents who normally have their hair cut and set by our hairdresser, continue to look their best. John also needed a cut as his hair was starting to get long. Everyone was very pleased with their new hair styles!

Huge thanks to Emily for staying after a long shift – everyone is pulling together to ensure that residents aren’t missing out on their usual routines and requirements.

Thank you to the following for all the donations of PPE!

By 28th April, 2020 News Comments Off

Tynedale Rotary have donated £250 for the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our nursing and care staff team at the Charlotte Straker Project – thank you so much for your generosity!

Thank you also to all the businesses and individuals listed below for their donations of PPE – the generosity of individual companies has been amazing and we are very grateful.

Alistair Hunter from Brenntag Group UK and Ireland (a chemical distribution company) organised a delivery of glasses, gloves and masks which arrived last week. Many thanks to Brenntag for such a generous donation – it will make a big difference to our staff.

Thank you to Northumberland County Council for their donation of face masks.

Thank you to Bob Singh & the Washington Volunteers for their donation of hand sanitiser

Thank you to J S Hubbuck ltd at Hexham Mart for their donation of boxes of gloves for PPE.

Thanks to the Co-op in Corbridge for loaning us two shopping trolleys.

Thank you to Thermo Fisher Scientific in Cramlington for the donations of Tyvex Suits for PPE

Thank you to Laura Johnson for the kind donation of face masks for PPE.

Thank you to David Maughan for the donation of full suits and facemasks for PPE.

The photos below shows our Deputy Manager Claudia, with the box of Brenntag PPE and also a very welcome box of chocolates and lovely card for the staff.

Volunteer seamstresses come to Charlotte Straker’s aid

By 26th April, 2020 News Comments Off

The Crafty Women delivered 22 gowns to Charlotte Straker last weekend – all sewn by volunteer seamstresses in Corbridge. Claudia, our Deputy Manager, is holding up just one of the gowns – thank you very much to all the Crafty Women for working so hard.

Also thank you very much to Susan R and Karen U from Corbridge who are busily making sets of scrubs for our staff. Scrubs are designed to be simple (with minimal places for contaminants to hide) and easy to wash at high temperatures – essential for our care staff. Thank you Susan and Karen!