Here’s Paul Cullis with his Somerset Care story, Paul retired as Interim Assistant Director of Residential Services last month after almost 40 years of working for the company!
“I commenced employment with Somerset County Council as a Trainee Residential Social Worker on 1st June 1974. The following year I joined the Social Services Relief Team and this gave me the opportunity of working in all the residential provisions, from day nurseries and children’s homes to care homes for older people. I stayed on the Relief Team for nearly fifteen years, relishing the variety and new challenges and always thought it was an excellent grounding for me in later life.
Following my time of the Relief Team, I took up post as Deputy Manager at Oak Trees and subsequently moved to Frith House and eventually became Manager at a time of major redevelopment, which proved an interesting and exciting experience. My next move brought me to Central Office as an Operations Manager and the opportunity to revisit many of the homes where I had worked years before on the Relief Team.
After almost forty years in the sector, I have seen many changes, I have seen enormous development of services and facilities which have improved beyond recognition. What hasn’t changed is the vast amount of dedicated skilled people, delivering fantastic care every day of the year.
I will miss my colleagues at Somerset Care; it is a wonderful and well respected company. I have many happy memories of service users over the years that I have had the priviledge to meet and play a part in their care.
I feel ready to move into the next stage of my life and I have a number of tasks and hobbies which I now hope I will have the time to enjoy.”
From everyone at Somerset Care we will Paul a very long and happy retirement!
A Non-executive Director and former Chairman of Somerset Care retired this week after 12 years service.
Barrie Dale joined Somerset Care in November 2000 as a Non-Executive Director and took over as Chairman of the group in April 2007. Within his career at Somerset Care, Barrie has contributed greatly to the success of the business, overseeing the opening of new care homes, the growth of our community services and developing new services such as PETALS dementia care. At the end of 2011 Barrie took the decision to step down as Chairman, and Chris Davies CBE DL, took over as Chairman in January 2012.
Somerset Care organised a leaving party for Barrie, inviting both present and former Managers and Directors of the company to wish him well, at the party Barrie was presented with a number of presents from the group, including a memory book featuring photographs and messages from the staff.
Speaking on Barrie’s retirement, Chief Executive, Alyson Martin MBE, said “Barrie has made a significant contribution to Somerset Care over the 12 years he has been Non Executive Director. As well as providing expertise and leadership as the Chair he has also supported staff and clients to ensure Somerset Care provides high quality services.”
A care home chef from Taunton retired this week after 42 years service.
Geoffrey Tremethick had worked at Calway House in Calway Road since May 1970, during which time he has seen the home completely rebuilt into an 83-bed property providing residential, dementia and nursing care.
His retirement party at the home this week was attended by past and present staff, residents, and other invited guests. Geoffrey was presented with many gifts, including an engraved glass plaque. Speaking at the event, Non-Executive Director Barrie Dale reflected on the many changes Geoffrey had seen in that time and noting that he would have served approximately 1.5 million meals during his 42 years.
Somerset Care has donated £1,000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), to mark the retirement of one Board member and the emigration to Australia of another.
At the end of 2011 the company said goodbye to Finance Director John Parrott, who retired, and Chief Executive Andrew Larpent, who emigrated to Australia. The two requested donations to the DEC in lieu of gifts, and a total of £1,000 was raised.
Staff at Somerset Care at Home in Taunton said farewell to two dear friends and loyal colleagues last week as Jean Hutter and Sandra Gage retired after a combined service of 54 years.
Sandra started working for the company in 1981, with Jean starting 8 years later in 1989. They both worked in the Wellington area as care and support workers.
The team at Somerset Care at Home in Taunton arranged a retirement party at the office to bid farewell to them both. Fellow colleagues from the past a present attended the gathering enjoying drinks, nibbles and sharing memories.
Sandra and Jean were presented with an arrangement of flowers, vouchers and a copy of Somerset Centenarians to thank them for their continued hard work over the years.
Speaking on the occasion Sue Alderman, Community Services Manager said, “I would like to thank both Sandra and Jean for their continued support and commitment to Somerset Care at Home over the years. On behalf of everyone in the office I’d like to wish them both a happy and relaxing retirement”.
Staff at Somerset Care at Home in Minehead said farewell to a dear friend and colleague this week as John Sloman retired at the age of 82.
John has worked as a care and support worker for over 16 years and achieved his NVQ qualification in 2009 at the age of 80, resulting in him being nominated for and winning an in-house award for training.
The team at Somerset Care at Home in Minehead arranged a retirement tea party at the office to bid farewell to John, inviting fellow staff members and service users who had been supported by him over the years.
Speaking on the occasion Shirley Chapman, Operations Manager said, “John has worked so hard and will be dearly missed by his colleagues and service users, we all wish him the very best for the future and a relaxing retirement.”
Langham Court recently donated a further £600 to the RNLI Bembridge Appeal, which has been set up to raise funds for the new lifeboat station and lifeboat. Langham Court is an exclusive close care development based in the grounds of Inver House residential home in Bembridge. The apartments get their name from the Langham lifeboat, which was in service on the Island between 1922 and 1939. On the apartments completion the Somerset Care Group pledged to donate £200 to the RNLI Bembridge Lifeboat Appeal for every apartment sold.
John Margetson from the RNLI accepted the cheque from the Somerset Care Group’s Deputy Chief Executive John Parrott at a presentation held at Inver House. Speaking about the event, Inver House Manager Joanne Bennett said, “We are really pleased that we can donate this money to the local lifeboat appeal. They are a huge part of the Bembridge community and it is wonderful that we can show them support.”