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Meet our staff

Our staff run the Harleston House on a day to day basis, providing two good quality home-cooked meals every day which are served in the dining room.

A voluntary committee is responsible for the well being of our residents and overseeing the houses. Overall responsibility for the Society's activities rests with an Executive Committee of voluntary Trustees drawn from public and private sectors.

Staff and volunteers also provide support and companionship to residents. The staff at our homes are experienced in dealing with elderly people and are very empathetic to their needs.

Nicola Farrell

- House Manager

Nicola has been with Abbeyfield since 2014 and really enjoys managing the Harleston house. Nicola has previously worked in catering management in the NHS and in Tesco. She excels in arranging activities and events for the residents and has a very positive and caring approach towards to the everyone living in Harleston House.

Tracey Efemey

- Housekeeper

Tracey has been with Abbeyfield for 8 years. She previously worked as a catering manager in a care home and is a passionate cook, always considering resident’s dietary needs and requirements.

Thidarath Clements

- General Assistant

Thidarath is our newest addition to the team. She is caring, enthusiastic, always has a smile on her face and really makes time for our residents.


We offer a range of social activities which we personalise to meet the needs of our residents. Families are encouraged to attend social activities. Types of activities offered are as below.

  • Coffee morning in the lounge daily
  • Regular coffee mornings for family and friends to come along and support us with a cup of coffee & cake. Once a year we organise Macmillan coffee morning.
  • One hour of armchair aerobics every friday. This hour is full of laughter and provides gentle exercise to suit everyone.
    Annual boat trips to the beautiful harbour of Wareham and Poole.
  • Various house visits for talks, for example, about the local history and interests which have proved very popular.
  • Local entertainers regularly sing and play in the afternoons for residents to enjoy.
  • Reminiscence sessions with local museum
  • Resident’s birthdays are also always celebrated. We do a homemade birthday cake and welcome family and friends to join for a coffee or lunch to celebrate this important day together.
  • Christmas party every year for the residents and family
  • Residents are also encouraged to take active roles in garden by planting pots and light weeding and maintenance if they wish.

Contact the house


Harleston Villas
St Johns Hill
BH21 1DB
United Kingdom


01202 882067