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Meet our staff

Our staff run Westbourne 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 Westbourne House. 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 Westbourne House are experienced in dealing with elderly people and are very empathetic to their needs.

Jill Collins

- House Manager

Jill has been a house manager for seven years and joined Abbeyfield Wessex Society in 2014. She has a wealth of knowledge in all areas of life at our houses and was given an award by the Abbeyfield society in 2012 for her outstanding contribution and dedication.

Jo Bradshaw

- Cook

Jo has been with Abbeyfield Wessex since Westbourne house was opened in 2009. A trained baker, Jo graduated from Southampton University and has worked in all areas of catering since. She has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of menu planning, kitchen management, and cooking.

Denise Thomas

- Assistant House Manager

Denise has been with Abbeyfield Wessex since 1999 and moved to Westbourne house in 2009. She has experience in all aspects of running a large house. In 2011 Denise did her management Training and became the Assistant House Manager in 2012.

Alex Chabaani

- Chef

Alex has recently joined Abbeyfield Wessex. Although he is young he is an accomplished chef and cooks varied meals to a very high standard.

Linda Garner

- Kitchen Assistant

Linda has been with Abbeyfield for several years. She is a friendly member of a team with a wide range of experience in the kitchen.

Anna Ruffell

- Kitchen Assistant

Anna has been with Abbeyfield for several years and enjoys preparing nutritious meals for the residents.

Kamila Gruzdz

- Kitchen/General Assistant

Kamila has recently joined Abbeyfield Wessex. She has quickly become a popular member of the team. She is very friendly and polite and helps out in all areas in the house.

Activities

We offer a range of social activities which we personalise to meet the needs of our residents. Families are encouraged to attend social activities. The activities we offer are:

  • coffee mornings and afternoon tea every day
  • cinema screen in our larger lounge where special TV and news events are shown
  • film afternoons showing the latest releases alongside the classic Hollywood favourites
  • holy communion once a month
  • gentle exercise class every week
  • days out - for example Poole Park, Corfe Castle and Garden centre
  • reminiscence sessions with local museum
  • guest speakers, singers, entertainers and events
  • open days including seasonal events such as Christmas Carol concerts
  • resident’s birthdays are always celebrated with homemade birthday cake and we 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

Address:

22 Poole Road
Bournemouth
Dorset
BH4 9DS
United Kingdom

Telephone:

01202 769953