Meet our staff
We are very lucky to have a team of fantastic staff and volunteers. Through their efforts we can offer a great support service for our residents.
The majority of our staff and volunteers have been with us for many years and have considerable experience. They show significant dedication to making the residents time in our house enjoyable.
Jane Laing, House Manager
Over 4 years ago, Jane was approached by a friend who thought she would be perfect for the job and encouraged her to apply. Within a few days, Jane had accepted the role and hasn’t looked back since. When Jane isn’t busy taking care of the residents and being a part of what creates such a wonderful atmosphere at Abbeyfield House, she loves to read and has recently taken up golf; Jane really enjoys the time she now spends down at the course.
‘The most rewarding thing about working at Abbeyfield House is actually making a difference to the residents lives, bringing fun and laughter into the home and creating a warm atmosphere.’
With security, consistency and care being some of the most important things for the residents, Jane sees Abbeyfield House as more than just assisted living.
‘There are always fresh flowers and when you walk through that door, you get hit with the lovely smell of home cooking. Although I’m a little bias, I think it’s like a five star hotel!’
Lesley Colley, House Keeper
Lesley, who loves holidaying in Torquay and on the West Coast of Spain, has worked at Abbeyfield for the last two years. One of the best parts about her job is the thanks she gets back from the residents and the family atmosphere at Abbeyfield House.
‘It’s great to come to work and I’ve got great people to work with. I find the feedback, thanks and gratitude the most rewarding part of my job.
The caring and responsibility we have for the residents all mixes together with the help of the committee and the other members of the staff, to create a family atmosphere.
Our residents feel secure and can come to us with any of their concerns or problems and we all work together to sort it out.’
Find out how much the house means to our lovely residents by hearing directly from them!
Kathleen, aged 95
Kathleen has lived at Abbeyfield House for nearly 5 years. She feels very much at home as she has lived in the surrounding local area all her life and even remembers the house when it was a private residence many years ago.
‘I have an excellent relationship with the staff at Abbeyfield House. They are all very kind and good to me and I couldn't find fault with any of them. There is a friendly atmosphere at the house and I am very happy here. All our meals are good home cooked food and I feel fortunate to be here.’
Mike, aged 73
Mike describes himself as the 'new lad on the block' as he moved into Abbeyfield House 11 months ago. He had previously lived in Suffolk but has moved to be close to his daughter and 4 grandchildren who he is able to see regularly. He even helps with the school run and attends the local toddler group.
‘Abbeyfield house is an nice, cosy, Christian home. I enjoy eating in a group and all of our meals are home cooked and tasty. The staff are all very friendly, work as a team and it is clear that they are all friends and get on well. I enjoy walking in the surrounding countryside and it is helpful having a bus stop directly outside the house so I can use my bus pass. Living at Abbeyfield House is a relief to me as it takes away all the responsibility of owning my own property and gives me more time to enjoy life and spend time with my family.’
Marjorie, aged 88
Marjorie has been living in Abbeyfield House for 3 months. She previously lived in Derbyshire and has a daughter who lives locally and is able to visit her regularly.
‘When I first arrived I felt I had found a real home. The staff are friendly and requests are dealt with efficiently and the laundry service is excellent. The food is varied and very well cooked and presented. Well done Abbeyfield!’
Rosemary, aged 81
Rosemary moved into Abbeyfield House 3 months ago. She is a former Trustee of the house so is very familiar with the staff and daily running of the house. She feels like it is 'home from home'.
‘I have a lovely large room at the top of the house with beautiful views over Sheffield’s Mayfield Valley. There is a happy atmosphere at Abbeyfield House and the staff are all very helpful. Everything is done for you and all the meals are home cooked. For me, living here takes away the pressure of running your own house and leaves me time to pursue my other interests. I am involved in the local church and on the Chaplain's team at St Luke's hospice. I enjoy attending local social groups with some of the other residents.’
Staying social is easy at Abbeyfield House as you’re instantly connected with a group of new friends, whether its enjoying a glass of wine on our lovely sun terrace or playing a game of cards, you won’t be short of company.
What’s more is we also put on a number of social activities throughout the year including garden parties, strawberry teas and day trips into Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park. In the local area, there are a number of weekly activity clubs and luncheons, which can also be added into your weekly social calendar if you so wish.
Please contact us if you would like to be added to our list of contacts and we will invite you to our next open morning.
Phone: 0114 230 1786 Email: email@example.com