Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

We are seeking an Hon Treasurer

By 10th November 2017

The Charlotte Straker Project is well established not for profit Care Home providing nursing and residential care to the frail and elderly of the area. We celebrated our 25th Anniversary in September 2017.
We are currently looking for a new Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees to help guide and advise us on financial matters. Our current Treasurer is stepping down from the role after many years.
We have a Finance and Governance Committee with delegated Authority from the Executive Board.
This is a voluntary position.

Please contact Bill Cunningham, Chair of CSP on 01434633999 or 07890998827 for more details.Please click this link for a description of the role

Please click this link to see our latest annual report

Join us for the Great North Run in 2018!

By 24th October 2017

SO SORRY – ALL PLACES NOW FILLED FOR THE GREAT NORTH RUN IN 2018! If you would be interested in the 2019 Great North Run, please email sal.urwin@gmailcom to add your name to the “interested” list to hear when our places are first released. Thank you.

Join us for the world’s leading half marathon!

For the first time ever, the Charlotte Straker Project has been allocated some charity places in next year’s Great North Run on 9th September 2018.

We now need your help to ensure that these places are filled, to allow us the chance to raise as much money as possible for the Charlotte Straker Project.

There’s no minimum sponsorship target for places on our team in the Great North Run – just raise as much as you can.

The Great North Run’s 13.1 mile route is lined by thousands of spectators. The course starts in Newcastle upon Tyne and takes runners though the city centre, over the iconic Tyne Bridge and right out towards the coast in South Shields.

Please share to your family and friends; if anyone is interested in a place please email sal.urwin@gmail.com – we will support you all the way with fundraising tips, advice and materials.

Our Apple Day raised £337 and made 70 gallons of juice!

By 16th October 2017

Thank you to ALL those who came to our Apple Day on Saturday and Sunday.

John Maude and his team of volunteers worked tirelessly pressing apples to make around around 70 gallons of juice (320 litres) for visitors over the weekend.

They also sold about 10 starter cider kits, so there might be some interesting evenings ahead in Corbridge!
Lots of Corbridge residents, families and children came with their bags of apples, to see how the press worked and to take away their own pressed apple juice.

We donated the used pressed apple (pomace) to the chickens, pigs (named Delia and Nigella) and compost bins, owned by some of our generous visitors.

In total we raised £337 which will enable us to buy a new bed for our nursing residents at Charlotte Straker House.

Thanks to John, and all those who made the weekend such a success (and we hope you’re enjoying your juice!)

Corbridge First School visit us and take part in apple pressing!

By 10th October 2017

The pupils from Year 4 at Corbridge First School visited Charlotte Straker House last week. They had a chance to watch volunteer John Maude press some apples, and hear all about how the machines work. Then they sang some harvest songs to our residents.

Many thanks to Miss Ainsley and Mr Harrison for helping to arrange such a great morning, and to all the children for listening carefully and singing so beautifully.

(All photos are by Ian Wylie)

An Interview with our Senior Care Assistant Merilyn Jewitt

By 14th August 2017

Merilyn Jewitt is one of our “newer” employees, having worked as a senior carer at Charlotte Straker House for just over 2 years.

Merilyn is a senior carer (and trained nurse), and she is responsible for supervising a team of care assistants, as well as supporting all our residents with their medical and personal care and all other aspects of daily living.
Her parents have lived in Corbridge for over 40 years’ and after her mother died and her father was diagnosed with Parkinsons’ disease, the family decided it would be better for him to move into Charlotte Straker House.
Merilyn says, “It was where my Dad always wanted to go. My Mum and Dad have lived in Corbridge for a very long time, and he always said that if he had to go into a home he wanted to go to Charlotte Straker. To be honest, it’s where everyone wants to go!”

Her father Brian is 89 and loves joining in all the activities and social visits, especially playing chess, indoor gardening and he goes to every single organ recital at St Andrew’s Church in Corbridge. Brian used to play the organ, so he adores music and enjoys listening to the Proms and other music programmes. He was very keen on the visit to the Discovery Museum in Newcastle earlier on this year and enjoyed inspecting the shipping and engineering exhibits. He is visited regularly by his close family, including his daughters and their children.

Merilyn explains “He was a civil engineer and had a long career visiting some of the more far flung places around the world. He is still very proud of the buildings and structures that he helped to build. Although his Parkinson’s is slowly becoming more advanced, he still loves to chat to the carers and visitors about his earlier life.”
Merilyn now lives with her husband in Barrasford, but has spent many years living in Spain, organising bird watching holidays. She still goes out to visit central Spain as much as she can, and is also preparing to go away to Australia to see her youngest son.

“I have three grandchildren”, she says “and I’m kept very busy at work and at home! I think it helps that I’m a pretty active person. Being a senior care assistant is such a rewarding job, but it’s physically demanding, and you spend a lot of time on your feet. Perhaps when I’m retired I will have more time for gardening and walking, but I do love working at Charlotte Straker House. The team of care assistants and nurses are great fun and really supportive”.

She adds “I think my favourite part of the role is building a relationship with each resident. You need to put yourself in their position. I’ve always tried to live my life by the maxim “do as you would be done by”, and I think that applies very much in my role today. I try to work out how to help each resident as an individual, take the time to get to know them, and provide as much support as I can.”

Thank you very much to Merilyn for her hard work and her commitment to Charlotte Straker Project.

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