Upper Beeding residential home receives award

Zo� Bates, owner of Valerie Manor, receives her Horsham Healthy Workplace Award from Sue Rogers
Zo� Bates, owner of Valerie Manor, receives her Horsham Healthy Workplace Award from Sue Rogers

The owner and manager of Valerie Manor residential home, in Upper Beeding has received a new Horsham Healthy Workplace Award from Horsham District Council.

Valerie Manor employs 50 staff who care tirelessly for the 23 residents at the nursing and residential home around the clock.

The award recognises their high standards of safety and attention to the wellbeing of the staff.

Owner Zoe Bates said:“We are nothing without our staff so their health and happiness is a vital ingredient of their consistently excellent performance and our reputation.

“We are a small team and have to be prepared for anything so looking after our staff means they can look after our residents extremely well even at the most difficult times.

“We have organised NHS health checks and wellbeing MOTs for our staff. We are planning improvements to our grounds to improve cycle storage and give staff and residents a boules pitch as well as a lovely quiet area.”

Sue Rogers, HDC cabinet member for a safer and healthier district, said: “Zoe is an inspirational businesswoman and is a testament to the benefits a small business can get from investing just a little time in exploring the returns that a Healthy Workplace Award can bring.

“I would urge other businesses to take advantage of this award scheme.”

The Horsham Healthy Workplace Award is open to any organisation in the Horsham district and brings free help and support to build a healthy workforce and with that enable a healthy performance.

For more information about the award, contact Beverley Young at Horsham District Council by calling 01403 215277 or email beverley.young@horsham.gov.uk or alternatively contact the Horsham District Wellbeing Service on 01403 215111 www.horshamdistrictwellbeing.org.uk