History

In 1951 a new development was taking place on the corner of City Road and Corton Road where St Marks Vicarage had stood prior to being bombed during the 2nd World War. It was being built following a public appeal from the Free Church Council to provide the first purpose built voluntary run home for older people in England. 

The idea for Corton House came after an Eventide Home in Chester Place had been so successful that it was decided to raise funds to build on the bombed site.

A Management Committee which included The Reverend and Mrs Sydney Myers was appointed and Youngs of Norwich Builders who were based opposite the site were given the contract to build the home.

In 1952 the Lord Mayor, Mr Eric Hinde, turned the key in the main front door and opened Corton House. The staff consisted of a Matron, Deputy Matron, day and night attendants and trained domestic help. As time has moved on we have continued to build on to Corton House and increased our rooms to 42 with a staff of 60. 

We then built and opened our Warden controlled sheltered housing complex, Brakendon Close in 1970 which consists of flats and bungalows.

As a not-for-profit home with charitable status and a Christian ethos we pride ourselves on the quality of care and respect given to those who live with us. This is enhanced by our loyal and dedicated staff of which seventeen have over ten years service.

In August 2017 we were delighted to open 16 new independent living flats, finished to very high standards. This saw Brakedon Close grow to its current capacity of 51 residences, in this quiet location adjacent to Corton House.

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Our Team

Members of Staff 

Our home is run by a team of 60 staff covering all aspects of care, we also have a voluntary full time chaplain living on site.

Our staff receive regular training which we believe is vital to enhance the knowledge and skills of our team. All our care supervisors are NVQ level 3 qualified and most of our care staff have an NVQ level 2 or 3 qualification. Other staff training includes fire, first aid, safeguarding vulnerable adults, care of the dying, infection control and any further training which can help in personal and professional development.

 

Our Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees consists of qualified professional people who willingly give their services on a voluntary basis. They are responsible for the governance of Corton House Ltd in accordance with its Rules and Strategic Goals. Our Board has a wide- ranging and diverse background. If you feel you have skills which could enhance  our team we would love to hear from you.

 

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Daphne Lloyd - Chaplain

Daphne’s career started in education and completed her teacher training in 1955. Daphne taught at St Mark’s County Primary, St. John’s C.E. School and worked her way to Head Teacher at Sevenoaks Girls County Primary School. Her career changed when she felt the ‘call’ into ministry after operating as a Lay Preacher for around 8 years. Daphne trained for the Ministry at Westminster College in Cambridge from 1977 to 1981. Her Ordination and Induction took place within the Purley Circuit of the Methodist Church at South Croydon United Church, this would be Daphne’s first Church as Minister. During her time in Croydon, Daphne also worked as a Supply Hospital Chaplain. Her further ministries took place as Debenham, Needham Market, Haughley, Mendlesham and Great Finborough.

At the turn of the millennium Daphne was called to be Minister at Jessopp Road United Reformed Church, where she became Chair of Norwich CRUSE. During this time in Norwich Daphne was invited to take Services at Corton House, and the initial introductions to a future relationship were made. Daphne went on to serve at Shipdham United Church util 2015. Starting her retirement in Swaffham, Daphne was invited to take the position of Presbyter (chaplain) at the local Methodist Church. It was during her time in Swaffham that Daphne was approached to take the position of Chaplain to Corton House. Daphne developed Services, Prayer groups, Bible study groups and Pastoral Friends to the Residents. Daphne moved into Norwich, and into our Independent Living accommodation, creating a greater level of access and involvement to her role. Over the years Daphne has equipped herself for he role with courses in Dementia, Care of the Dying and Palliative Care. Daphne meets with other Chaplains to form a support group, often leading into healthy discussions on well-being for those in care homes, including body, mind and spirit.

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Lisa Brown - Registered Manager

Lisa started her career as a care worker when she was 18 in a local nursing home which had 28 beds. She then worked with adults with learning disabilities. As she was unsure where I wanted to progress her career in care she also completed part-time working in homecare and quickly took on the role of senior carer. She worked her way through homecare to being a coordinator and then a branch manager, managing a homecare branch which completed complex care at home for adults and children. To broaden her management skills she also worked in a recruitment office for care workers and recruited all over Norfolk for care homes and nursing.
She returned back to homecare opening new branches in Norwich and Newmarket for a company until they were registered and taking on clients. She was then offered a position at Manorcourt where she was the area manager / registered manager for West Norfolk. She internally transferred in this company to become a regional manager in the care homes covering Norfolk. Deciding she wanted to develop her role in service quality and compliance she moved to Kingsley where she worked alongside multiple sites as a service-quality manager completing audits and preparing for CQC inspections. After 12 months here alongside doing this she opened Kingsley Homecare registering the branch and developing the business in Manchester. After a long time of working regionally and across the country the opportunity to work closer to home at Corton House became available.

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Sean Knox - Head of Catering

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Annette Aldridge - Head of Care

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Garry Mardle - Head of Maintenance

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Tom Greenhill - Head of Finance

Tom’s career started at PKF Gt Yarmouth, working for two years in Accounts Preparation whilst completing his AAT qualification. He moved directly onto his ACCA qualification, as he moved across into Financial Audit; simultaneously PKF merged with BDO. More change followed soon after as the regional offices were merged and the Norwich office become his permanent place of work. Over the next six years Tom progressed through the audit ranks at BDO, completing his ACCA in two and a half years with first time passes throughout. In this time he continued to develop his skills, lead audits across a huge variety of clients, markets and industries, as well as project managing Audit Teams. Tom worked with clients of all sizes and functions, and some highly recognisable names within Norwich. During the latter stages of his BDO career, he also took on the role of a Lead Tutor on numerous national training courses for new BDO graduates and starters.

In early 2019 a change of career loomed, as Tom decided to make the popular move from Practice accountancy to Industry. Tom started his role at Corton House in June 2019, taking on the responsibility of the Accounts function and recruiting his new team.

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Deborah Goulding - Deputy Manager

Qualifications - Deborah joined Corton House as our activities co-ordinator and part time Senior Carer, later becoming a full time Senior Team member. She has been the In-house manual handling trainer since 2001. Deborah became the In-house trainer in November 2011 after being Joint Head of Care with Bridget for over five years. She is NVQ 5 qualified , an NVQ Assessor and has completed Leadership and Management training. She also supervises Health and Safety. Deborah became a dementia coach in November 2013 with ongoing training through 2014.

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Maria Widderington - Activities Co-ordinator

Year started employment - 2010

Qualifications - Maria has been a qualified yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga for 10 years. She specialises in yoga for the over 60's and for people with Parkinson's Disease. She also has a qualification in Psychology. She has completed several courses since joining Corton House including Dementia and Care of the Dying. Maria has recently completed her NVQ level 3 in Health and social care.

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Our Mission

To provide excellent, loving care and support for older people.

  1. To provide in line with Christian values, residential care and sheltered housing that recognises the individual rights, privacy, dignity and independence of residents and tenants.
  2. To provide a quality of life for residents and tenants at a price which is comparable with the best Residential Care Homes and Sheltered Accommodation in the Norwich area.
  3. To enable all residents and tenants to exploit fully their chosen physical, spiritual and emotional potential.
  4. To maintain our charitable status.
  1. To achieve annual surpluses to maintain sufficient reserves. 
  2. To be a fair and trustworthy employer that maintains good employment practices and seeks to train and develop staff to their full potential.
  3. To meet the standards set by Regulators.
  4. To meet the appropriate Standards of Governance.
  5. To communicate effectively with all interested parties.
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